St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge
Kildare-Mayo set for Newbridge at 7pm on Saturday, RTÉ understands.
Kildare and the GAA have been locked in a stand-off since Monday afternoon when the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) scheduled their round-three qualifier tie with Mayo as part of a double-header with Cavan and Tyrone at Headquarters [Croke Park].
Kildare insisted that the home advantage the draw provided them had been taken away without their consent and Lilywhites [Kildare] boss Cian O’Neill told RTÉ Sport Monday night that his players would not be anywhere but Newbridge on Saturday night.
For their part, the GAA had maintained that St Conleth’s Park [in Newbridge] would not be the venue as it holds only 8,500 and they are anticipating a crowd of 18,000 to 20,000.
Kildare-Mayo set for Newbridge at 7pm on Saturday (RTE)
Related: ‘We’ll be in St Conleth’s Park’: Kildare adamant it’s Newbridge or nowhere for Mayo qualifier (Irish Examiner)
Outside Croke Park ahead and after the GAA football matches involving Carlow, Laois, Longford and Dublin.
All photos by Matthew Spalding and David Quinn (a different one).
We’ve started a new facebook page called The People of Croke Park and we plan to photograph the fans on their way into the stadium for every match this summer – from now until the All Ireland.
It’s a riot of colour and excitement and the good weather yesterday really added to the atmosphere.
Fans from Carlow, Laois, Longford and Dublin were all out in their full colours.
The People of Croke Park (Facebook)
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.
“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.
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