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Monday 1 September 2014

Sky Sports' Jamesie O’Connor: My wife and kids will point out my mistakes

Published 09/06/2014 | 08:21

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From left: Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney with hurling analysts Jamesie O’Connor and Ollie Canning, and GAA anchor Rachel Wyse in their studio before the Kilkenny v Offaly game at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Sky Sports pundit Jamesie O’Connor has admitted he was feeling the nerves ahead of Saturday’s historic GAA broadcast and says his family will be his biggest critics.

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Kilkenny’s facile victory over Offaly was Sky’s first live coverage of a GAA championship game, with O’Connor assisted by Ollie Canning and presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse at Nowlan Park.

The double All-Ireland winner admitted he was apprehensive beforehand, even more so than some of his biggest days in a Clare jersey.

“I’d say both myself and Ollie felt it was easier to play a Championship match,” he told the Irish Daily Star.

“We’re not going to lie and say we weren’t nervous or apprehensive about it, but Rachel (Wyse) and Brian (Carney) are really professional and great to work with as are all the people in Sky,” the chief hurling analyst added.

While the analysis, format and even fashion wardrobe have been discussed at great length, O’Connor says that his family will be the first to let him know where there is room for improvement.

“I won’t say it was flawless. We’ll all have to sit back and watch things ourselves and we can find improvement.”

“Mrs O’Connor will have critiqued it and the kids will have watched it and they’ll tell me where the mistakes are made and where I went wrong.”

Irish Independent

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