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The Overwhelmingly Positive Reaction To Joanne Cantwell's Anchoring Tonight

The Overwhelmingly Positive Reaction To Joanne Cantwell's Anchoring Tonight

Joanne Cantwell has been working with RTE for about 1,000 years at this point, but tonight was her first go at presenting the Champions League coverage.

After years of Billo and Darragh Maloney and, occasionally, Peter Collins, Joanne is the first woman - and the first former Dublin Gaelic footballer - to front the coverage.

One tweeter sighed that the 'misogyny aimed at Joanne Cantwell starts in earnest' but we struggled to find much evidence of this online - with one lamentable exception.

In fact, far from being targeted for consistent sexist attacks, she wasn't even subjected to the normal barrage of abuse that greets every other RTE presenter on twitter. (Poor Ray D'arcy).

Not since Bill O'Herlihy quit have we seen so many positive tweets about a sports anchor.

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Amidst the ocean of positivity, there was one discordant note.

Of course, fronting the Champions League coverage could never be her biggest night. For that you have to go back to her days at TV3.

That night Trevor Welch was sick and she had to present Sports Tonight surely cannot be topped as a career highlight.

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