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'Say what you see' TV commentary has to end

Ger Gilroy

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Jamesie O'Connor provides a valuable insight into the managers' thought processes
Jamesie O'Connor provides a valuable insight into the managers' thought processes

Good live radio commentary is a soundscape. Undulations, sketched out vocally as events unfold, now made real in the mind's eye of the listener.

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Television is different but for all the new technology GAA matches still largely take place off screen. Who is marking who, how have the teams lined out, how many sweepers are just some questions being asked and answered by both teams as the ref throws the ball in.

On radio, it's a breathless time as the best analysts explain what brainpower the managers are unveiling. Jamesie O'Connor is a master at it in hurling. His excitement at finally seeing the masterplan unveiled is infectious. It's the foundation text of the game. It is knowledge, shared and imparted and explained.

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