Dublin Camogie Player Nails Issue With RTÉ's Coverage Of Women's GAA

Dublin Camogie Player Nails Issue With RTÉ's Coverage Of Women's GAA

With the exception of the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Camogie Final replay that's taking place in Limerick on Sunday afternoon and next weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship Final replay, the inter-county season is over.

Last weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals day saw a record attendance in Croke Park with over 46,000 in attendance. Two weeks previously over 20,000 were in Croke Park for the Camogie Finals.

While women's sport is continuing to gain greater recognition around the country, there are still obstacles that need to be overcome in regards to broadcasting games.

On Saturday's Off the Ball, Dublin camogie player Sarah O'Donovan was in studio speaking about the amount of publicity the game got this summer. One moment in particular with RTÉ annoyed her.

I think the State Broadcaster has a big responsibility. After we won our quarter-final, Faye McCarthy was being interviewed by Marty Morrissey, and he asked her if she had a passion for Camogie.

I doubt he'd ask the same question to Bernard Brogan. 'Do you have a passion for Football?'

She kinda was taken aback. Of course she answered yes. Of course she was polite, but that's not the question to someone who has just won Player of the Match. She saved a phenomenal shot. Ask her about that. That's the responsibility. Change the narrative.

This is the interview that O'Donovan referenced.


Dublin footballer Noelle Healy was also in studio. The Player of the Match in last week's All-Ireland Final, Healy was very complimentary about TG4's coverage all years of the Ladies Football. O'Donovan agreed that the coverage on TG4 is on a different level.

They also look so much more comfortable at it than RTÉ do. I suppose that's what I've learned from the last three or four months with RTÉ. Because TG4 were doing it for so long, it was very natural.

I felt the coverage this year was very stilted on RTE. That's probably the only thing that I was disappointed by. I was delighted with the coverage, but I just felt it was very stilted.

You can listen to the conversation in full here.

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