"No pitch, no dressing rooms, no home, no problem."

That was the celebratory tweet Magheracloone posted to mark their victory in Saturday's All-Ireland intermediate football championship semi-final against Louth's Mattock Rangers.

Monaghan champions Magheracloon will now square up to Oughterard of Galway in the Croke Park decider on 25 January, in what will be an emotional climax to a truly remarkable journey.

In September 2018, a huge sinkhole destroyed the club's facilities. Part of a disused mine collapsed, leaving the grounds, community centre and pitch in ruins.

In the blink of an eye, Magheracloone were homeless. It was a massive blow to the entire community but they dusted themselves down and ploughed on, using neighbouring pitches and training areas to keep their teams alive.

A run of stirring successes has since followed.

Donaghmoyne were dispatched in the Monaghan decider. Then Galbally were put to the sword in the Ulster final. And now, after yesterday's triumph, they stand on the cusp of being the champions of Ireland.

Magheracloone had their shooting boots on against Mattock Rangers in Crossmaglen, outgunning their opponents 0-24 to 1-09. Former All-Star Tommy Freeman shone again, notching 0-08 in another swashbuckling performance.  

He's been superb in their run to Croke Park but Magheracloone's story is not down to one individual; rather, says their chairman Francie Jones, it is a victory for the wider GAA community.

"It's been a long, tough but successful year for us," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport before Christmas.

"It was a massive shock for us to lose our club grounds, our community centre. There were five residents put out of their house and some of them are still not back so there was massive upheaval in the parish.

"At the back of it all, it seemed to galvanise everyone... and not only our members, our local clubs beside us as well.

"We're situated here on the border of Cavan, Meath and Louth. Clubs in those counties all rallied in to support us. We can never thank them enough. 

"It renews your faith in the GAA as a family. When we were in need, all the other clubs stepped up to help us." 

Oughterard upset the odds in the other last-four collision as they turned over Kerry side Templenoe 1-12 to 0-12.