Saturday 1 October 2016

Live TV deal boosts hurling's small fry

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

Kildare captain Eanna O’Neill hopes first-time live TV coverage of the Christy Ring Cup final will finally earn some recognition for hurling’s minnows
Kildare captain Eanna O’Neill hopes first-time live TV coverage of the Christy Ring Cup final will finally earn some recognition for hurling’s minnows

Kildare hurling captain Eanna O'Neill hopes first-time live TV coverage of the Christy Ring Cup final will finally earn some recognition for hurling's minnows.

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The Nicky Rackard final will also be covered live by TG4 on June 6, who will also broadcast deferred coverage of the Lory Meagher final.

"It's good to see TG4 on board because last year we got the sense that we were an inconvenience, like 'we're running this off quickly, we're not even showing the games on television'," said O'Neill who captained Kildare to 2014 Christy Ring victory.

"'The Sunday Game' that night showed about two minutes of our All-Ireland final against Kerry. It was a great match with a big scoreline but two minutes couldn't possibly bring it to a bigger audience."

This year's Christy Ring winners will automatically be promoted to Leinster's round-robin in 2016. The Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups will also start on Saturday week and run for four consecutive weeks before a week's break to the finals.

Irish Independent

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