Monday 23 October 2017

All will NOT be revealed by Kingdom

We're intrigued by an invitation extended by Kerry to the media, which ran as follows:

"The Kerry senior football team will have a low-key Press Night on Monday night, June 28 at The Malton Hotel Killarney at 8.30pm. Some of the senior panel and the management team will be available for interview with the media."

Press nights -- complete with their sanitised inanities -- are a GAA fashion nowadays, even if most counties treat them like visits to the dentist (necessary, but horrible). Now Kerry have added some intrigue to the invitation.

What exactly does 'low key' mean? So, Jack O'Connor isn't going to declare that Sean Doherty didn't thump Limerick manager, Mickey Ned O'Sullivan half hard enough in the 1975 All-Ireland final? Declan O'Sullivan won't describe Cork as being soft-centred wimps and Limerick as second-raters? Paul Galvin won't excoriate the disciplinary authorities, branding them corrupt gangsters.

We will be fascinated to discover if, in fact, there's any difference between 'low key' and what the media have been used to, which was pretty low key anyway.

STILL ON on Kerry, they sure know how to surf a good wave. Five days after that dramatic victory over Cork, they raised a fair percentage of the training costs for the season. Lining up with the greyhound folk, they staged a major fundraiser at the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee and their efforts resulted in profit of more than €100,000.

Most of the football squad, plus the Christy Ring Cup-chasing hurlers, attended and mixed freely with the hordes of supporters who thronged the venue.

While the racing was the big attraction, there was a huge response to the Celebrity Race, in which Stephen Stack led home John Kennedy.

Mick Galway was disqualified from third place for what the judges described as "bumping and barging" in a late "incident" with Jack O'Connor. Bringing up the rear were hurling boss John Meyler and former GAA president Sean Kelly.

The latter reported he had pulled two muscles in the early yards.

RTE used to stand accused of failing to keep viewers up to date with happenings in other games which coincided with 'live' matches, something which, in fairness, they corrected. Now, TV3 have fallen into the same trap and their neglect of the Galway/Offaly and Roscommon/Leitrim games on Sunday was annoying.

All it takes is a moving ticker across the bottom of the screen every five or 10 minutes listing the latest scores in the other games.

As for RTE, how's this for a GAA service? Aidan O'Mahony's return to the Kerry panel, plus the result of the Leinster U-21 hurling semi-finals was the only mention of GAA in the 8.35 'Morning Ireland' sports bulletins on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

That's 25 seconds from around 18 minutes of sports coverage in the middle of the GAA championship. Can't imagine the BBC treating soccer like that.

Irish Independent

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