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Louth GAA Chairman Calls Out RTÉ For Lack Of League Coverage

Louth GAA Chairman Calls Out RTÉ For Lack Of League Coverage
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Louth GAA chairman Peter Fitzpatrick has criticised RTÉ for their lack of coverage of the county during this year's Allianz Football League.

Louth have been one of the league's best stories this season. Two years after being in Division 4, they find themselves within a game of being promoted to Division 1.

On Sunday, Louth defeated Cork by a goal in Ardee to set up this weekend's promotion deciding match against Dublin.

Though Louth's progression under Mickey Harte was praised on RTÉ's Allianz League Sunday programme, there were no highlights of the weekend's win.

"Unfortunately, Louth play at a ground which was not designed with TV in mind," explained presenter Joanne Cantwell about the Páirc Mhuire venue.

"So, as a result, we don't tend to get to see an awful lot of them in action. Hopefully, we will next week because they are playing at Croke Park."

The lack of coverage they have received on RTÉ's Sunday night highlights show has been the source of much frustration for Louth supporters. The reason give on Sunday annoyed many even further as earlier this month TG4 showed highlights of Louth's clash with Kildare in Ardee.


"Joanne Cantwell on @TheSundayGame stated that Ardee was not suitable for @RTEsport cameras & not one second of coverage of the Louth v Cork game was shown," Fitzpatrick, who is also an independent TD for Louth, tweeted on Monday.


"Yet @SportTG4 were able to cover Lú v Kildare. Louth licence payers are livid - Does @RTEgaa have a problem with @louthgaa?"

After losing their opening two games to Clare and Derry, Louth won four consecutive games, beating Limerick, Meath and Kildare in addition to the Rebels.


"In fairness to Louth, I saw the result coming in against Derry in the early rounds of the league, and they were within a couple of points on Derry that night," Tyrone great Sean Cavanagh said on League Sunday.

"I thought that this is a team moving in the right direction. While there has been a bit of negativity around the Kildares and Meaths, Louth have motored away about their business very well.

"They've suffered the losses of Sam Mulroy and Ciaran Byrne, top class players, and obviously have a very strong system of play. They're playing a style of football that suits them.


"To have hopped the leagues, and now earned the right to go to Croke Park and play Dublin with a chance of Division 1 football, it's fairytale stuff."

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