Thursday 26 April 2018

Web must be untangled for Gaels abroad to watch final

TWITTER, Facebook and smart phones may have made the world a miniscule and 'immediate' place, but one of Ireland's burgeoning diaspora says it still isn't small enough for emigrants who want to watch Sunday's big games live.

Sweden-based Philip O'Connor confirms that 'The Dubliner' in Stockholm is one pub that will be showing the All-Ireland finals live, thanks to subscribing to Setanta's commercial package.

But he says lots of Irish emigrants have no similar access and has called on the GAA and RTE to co-operate and allow live internet streaming abroad.

RTE will stream Sunday's games live on their own website but, unlike their radio commentaries, these are not accessible abroad.

"For those beyond Ireland's shores, unless you live in a big city you have little chance of seeing the game," said O'Connor.

"It would be fantastic if there was an agreement, just for the finals, that RTE could stream it free around the globe," said the Donnycarney native, a one-time schools team-mate of Dublin boss Pat Gilroy.

O'Connor (40) has earned the right to express an opinion. He is a founding member and chairman of Stockholm Gaels GFC with whom he still plays and is also a member of the European Board.

Irish Independent

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