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Thursday 17 April 2014

Christy bringing football decider to your screens

John O’Sullivan with Christy and Anthony O’Riordan who are behind Sunday’s live broadcast of the South Kerry Championship final.

SOUTH Kerry's diaspora will have the opportunity to tune in and watch the biggest date on the local GAA calendar live, all thanks to Cahersiveen videographer Christy Riordan.

The South Kerry Senior Football Championship decider between St Michael's Foilmore and Dromid Pearses throws in at Con Keating Park this Sunday, November 17. With six cameras at the Cahersiveen ground, viewers won't miss a single minute of the action before, during or after the crunch clash - and it's all free-of charge.

Christy's company CR Videos will be setting up from Thursday and with a full blown studio being prepared in the clubhouse, a professional operation is guaranteed in what will be one of the most ambitious private broadcasting projects ever witnessed in Kerry.

"The South Kerry Final is famous for its quality football over the years and so in the year of The Gathering we decided to do something a bit special and promote our football around the globe," Christy said.

While live streaming may be increasingly popular, the fact that the game is to be screened in HD using six cameras is a first for Kerry, as Christy added.

"We'll will begin setting up from Thursday and there will be a full studio to house invited guests from each south Kerry club. The game throws in at 2pm but we'll be on air 15 minutes earlier with interviews and we'll stay for the presentation and analysis afterwards," he continues. The game can be viewed at www.crvlive.com and commentary is by John O'Sullivan who has worked with Christy for almost 15 years.

Christy's son, Anthony, will also be behind the cameras.

Christy hopes the project will provide a template for future events, including the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Waterville next year.

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