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New Dara Ó Cinnéide RTÉ GAA Documentary Provides A Fascinating Insight

New Dara Ó Cinnéide RTÉ GAA Documentary Provides A Fascinating Insight

The first episode of a four-part series aired tonight on RTE One and the Dara Ó Cinnéide presented programme proved immensely interesting.

In a time of unprecedented upheaval for the GAA, episode one analysed the commercial elements and urban-rural divide. Featuring contributions from figures like Paul Rouse, Ciaran Kilkenny, Alan Milton and Turlough O'Brien, it delved into the inner workings of the association and how it plans to overcome the obstacles currently in the way.

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Ó Cinnéide also examined the All-Ireland champions and what makes this current Dublin contingent great. At one point, he caught up with Ciaran Kilkenny on the field in the aftermath of their final success over Tyrone. Kilkenny reflected on the emotion he harnessed from the start of the year.

I started playing in 2012, and it's 2018 right now. I'm one of the old-timers now, like. As you know yourself, time goes like that. You have to enjoy this atmosphere and occasion. That was the attitude I went in with this year, I wanted to enjoy playing football. As I did when I was 8 and 9 playing...

When it came to the societal issues, GAA Director of Communications Alan Milton stressed the huge challenge the GAA faces with the urban-rural divide: "If people are going to move to urban areas around the country, it's hard to see how the rural clubs with smaller populations will compete with huge urban clubs..."

Episode two, three and four will look at hurling, ladies football and camogie, and the club scene respectively. Episode One will be available to watch on the RTE Player.

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Maurice Brosnan

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