GAA history was made tonight not far from Knock, at the Connacht Airdome.
As a January storm pelted down, Leitrim and Sligo kicked off their respective FBD League campaigns under the comforting cover of an inflatable roof.
This was the first time in GAA history a senior intercounty match has taken place indoors.
Given Ireland's complicated relationship with weather, this is an idea that's time has long come. 300 spectators took their seats in what is believed to be the largest airdome of this kind on earth to watch events unfold.
A peek inside the airdome:pic.twitter.com/2bFkCU9Ftr
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) January 3, 2022
About €3 million was spent designing the state-of-the-art Connacht airdome facility, with a pitch provided by firm SIS Pitches. While it looked fairly surreal in photos and videos - like gaelic football on the moon - the match itself was freeflowing and featured 40 scores. The match finished with a wonderful January scoreline of 1-21 to 1-17 to Sligo. Niall Murphy of Sligo lead the scoring by bagging an impressive 1-10.
Monday night football in Winter live online & all for €10. Excellent first half, end to end throughout. Really impressed with @LeitrimGAA 's performance.#GAA @ConnachtGAA #ConnachtGAA pic.twitter.com/NYed2E9F7a
— L. NíHéineacháin (@LaobhaoiseNihE) January 3, 2022
The fun in the FBD League continues this week. Sligo will play Roscommon in the FBD League semifinal on Saturday evening while Galway and Mayo will play the other semifinal Friday night.
Here are some brilliant Sportsfile photographs from inside the Connacht airdome tonight.