Tuesday 24 October 2017

GAA must launch own channel – there's a global audience for every game

We're talking about a global audience woefully underserved by the existing broadcasting arrangements
We're talking about a global audience woefully underserved by the existing broadcasting arrangements

Donny Mahoney

There was a moment of nervy genius from Michael Murphy late on Sunday afternoon that would have been lost to the world bar the masses in Sean MacCumhaill Park were it not for a guy named Damien Dunnion.

You see, the game was not televised. Dunnion was a spectator who was standing right on line with Murphy as he brought Donegal level at the death with a free from an almost impossible angle. Dunnion captured the free on his camera phone and uploaded it to the web and Murphy's kick now has been seen by thousands of GAA fans; were it not for him, Irish society might have been short one crucial piece of evidence of Murphy's greatness.

In one sense, you sympathise with the editors at RTÉ Sport, faced with turning a league Sunday into a digestible hour of television, especially when the hurling and football converge as they did last weekend.

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