Monday 5 December 2016

Television: When gridiron met bog ball

* The Toughest Trade, RTE 2
* The Restaurant, TV3

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

Swap: Mayo GAA footballer Aidan O’Shea trains with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers in RTE show ‘The Toughest Trade’.
Swap: Mayo GAA footballer Aidan O’Shea trains with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers in RTE show ‘The Toughest Trade’.

One of the things that happen as you get older is that you begin to develop an appreciation for... well, not necessarily the finer things in life, but things you would certainly have sneered at when you were younger.

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I'd never have suspected I would become an aficionado of Gaelic games, for example. Okay, I still haven't, not really.

But where once I used to dismiss such games as baffling folly I found myself, in recent years, stunned by the sheer skill, courage and hand-eye coordination that goes into being a good hurler and while I will never - never! I tells ya - warm to Gaelic football, I've even developed a certain appreciation for the athleticism and physical power of some of the players.

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