Tag Archives: GAA

Joanne Cantwell

This can’t end well.

Sharon Brady writes:

RTÉ today announced that Joanne Cantwell will anchor The Sunday Game Live following Michael Lyster’s retirement at the end of the 2018 GAA Championship.
It was confirmed earlier this week, that Michael Lyster was leaving the flagship GAA programme after 34 years at the helm.

Former Dublin footballer Joanne Cantwell joined RTÉ in 2007 as a reporter on The Sunday Game Live. Over the past 11 years she has worked across numerous RTÉ Sport programmes on television and radio as a presenter, reporter and journalist including presenting The Saturday Game Live, rugby magazine programme Against The Head and the RTÉ Sports Awards on RTÉ television and Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1….

But who’ll cover the hurling?


Last Week: Drops Mic

Pic: John Cooney/RTÉ Guide

Michael Lyster joined RTÉ in 1979 and has presented The Sunday Game since 1984.


RTÉ today confirmed, that Michael Lyster will continue to present RTÉ’s Allianz League Sunday and to anchor The Sunday Game Live until the end of the 2018 GAA Championship season when he is due to retire.

Michael said,:

“I’ll be hanging up my hat at the end of 2018. I’ve a full season of top class GAA action to get through with the National Leagues and of course the Championships this summer and that’s what I’m focused on. T

Following my health scare a few years ago, every day and every year was a bonus. That’s the mindset I’ve continued to have and I feel incredibly lucky to have another season to look forward to at the helm”.

Micheal Lyster will speak to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ray D’Arcy Show this afternoon.

Pic; RTÉ


Joe Brolly

Greasy till fumbling latest!

Writing in today’s Irish Independent, GAA analyst Joe Brolly writes:

…Brand experts refer to what is happening with the GAA as ‘cultural expansionism’. The idea is not for the corporation to simply sponsor some event or other, but for the corporation to become so entwined with the culture that it eventually becomes the culture.

In Ireland, we see the same process happening. Sky, with the support of the hierarchy, have already taken a third of the live games away from the vast majority of what Croke Park calls ‘consumers’.

Sky knows it cannot and will not win over the current adult GAA generations. Last year, in Ireland, when 1.35 million viewers watched the football final on RTE, just over 2,000 watched it on Sky.

Sky’s strategy is smart. Forget the adults, go after the youth. As part of this carefully planned invasion of young hearts and minds, they have systematically bought a stable of elite ‘mentors’, which kills three birds with one stone.

It buys off the elite end of the game, as a result it gets the full support of the entirely capitalist GPA, and finally it plays very well with the younger generation, who see their handsome, smiling heroes branded from head to foot in Sky bolloxology – ‘Sky Believe in better’, ‘Sky SPORTS living for Sport’ and all the rest of it …[More at link below]


AIB, Sky and other brands will complete cultural hijacking of the GAA if new Director General doesn’t act (Joe Brolly, Irish Independent)

Pic via Irish Mirror

Joe Brolly and Paeder Heffron

On Sunday, Joe Brolly in the Sunday Independent reported that a former PSNI  Police Service of Northern Ireland] constable was ‘ostracised’ by his GAA club after joining the force.

Paeder Heffron was left in a wheelchair following a dissident republican car bomb in 2010.

Mr Heffron said he was frozen out of games by Kickhams Creggan in County Antrim and ignored by teammates, with republicans ” approaching him in a changing room and handing him a leaflet warning of the dangers of joining the PSNI”.

Shayna O Neill writes:

The PSNI have opened recruiting as of October 23  this year. The aim of the PSNI is to have a balanced force of 50/50 Catholics/Protestants, under The Patton Report – currently it’s @15-25% Catholic,depending on which figures you are given, or believe.

Growing up, we had the RUC, who seemed to have a licence to unleash some form of justice against Catholics. I’m living back in the North of Ireland for a few years now, I have to say the PSNI seem okay.

The GAA have let one of their own down. I feel ashamed that I associate and am a member of the GAA.

Joe Brolly: Spurned, bombed and maimed by his own kind (Independent.ie)

Pic: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton


Liggy writes:

Nice to know that some of the GAA followers are born-again Neanderthals.

We don’t have enough sexism in this country at a national, institutional and business level so it is nice to see individual knuckle-draggers like this one make a solid contribution to the cause too.

Pity he picked on a woman with 1000s of followers on her GAA Instagram page who promptly shared the exchange.

….but but but it’s ok. In an exciting further exchange of messages, he was able to explain what happened and was sure the law was on his side.

The gobshite….

No need for the language.


Cathríona Heffernan (Facebook)



Thanks Rob G

Above, from left: David Treacy, John Small, Eamonn Dillon and Ciarán Kilkenny


Danish menswear brand  Jack & Jones launch their Every Day Hero range, featuring four Dublin GAA Ambassadors; Footballers Ciarán Kilkenny and John Small, and Hurlers David Treacy and Eamonn Dillon.

David Treacy wears a Denim Alvin jacket €79.99, Kevin Mao shirt €39.99, Trevor crew knit €39.99, navy chino €34.99, John Small wears a Gotham wool coat €169.99, Luke rollneck knit €39.99, Liam skinny jeans €49.99, Eamonn Dillon wears Fly hood €39.99, Fly sweatpants €34.99 and Ciarán Kilkenny wears a  Black Alvin jacket €79.99, Well shirt €34.99, Will sweatpants €49.99.

Snappy, in fairness.

Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews


JenX writes:

Anyone seen the new Lidl ad (above)? Another cringey outing for the ‘proudly supporting LADIES’ Gaelic Football’ motto. Last time the ‘ladies’ were impressive-looking club players.This time (above) it’s schoolgirls and teens.

‘LADIES Gaelic Football’?  Is there a “GENTLEMEN’S Gaelic Football’ or a ‘LORDS’ Gaelic Football’? It’s ‘WOMEN’S Gaelic Football‘