TG4 language barrier a real Rules turn-off
Published 27/10/2010 | 05:00
TG4 have shown themselves to be imaginative and resourceful over the years, broadcasting certain events and competitions that RTE and others ignored. It resulted in TG4 building up a strong sports portfolio, for which they deserve credit.
However, they should not have been granted the rights to the International Rules series.
As a result of the ridiculous manner in which Irish is taught, the vast majority of people can't speak the language -- nor can they understand commentaries as Gaeilge.
The commentary is more important in International Rules than in other sports since the various rules, scoring systems etc need to be explained in English.
The GAA should have insisted on RTE signing up the games as part of the yearly package.
And if Montrose had refused, a little reminder that the contract for future championship coverage is up for negotiation would have concentrated minds and ensured that the public could enjoy the Rules game in a language they understand.