Decision yet to be reached on minor finals 'as Gaeilge'

TV3 says it will decide in the next month if it will broadcast the GAA All-Ireland Minor Hurling and Football Championship finals in Irish this September.

RTÉ lost live TV rights to the finals this year. The state broadcaster traditionally broadcasts the minor deciders in Irish, with Micheál Ó Sé providing commentary.

TV3 GAA series producer Ciaran O'Hara says a final decision has yet to be reached on the language the games will be broadcast in.

"There are some discussions to be had, but one thing we can guarantee is that aspects of the tradition will be retained in some way," he said at yesterday's TV3 GAA coverage launch at Croke Park.

"Obviously for us we are only starting to get into the run. We are working very closely with the GAA and TV3 are assessing all options.

"But there will be aspects that will remain true to the tradition. For me personally being from a Gaeltacht those are aspects that are very important."

A few years ago RTÉ trialled the use of an English language analyst to supplement their Irish language commentary, but this was met with strong opposition.

O'Hara says that TV3 may choose to go down the bilingual route, adding: "The actual mechanics have to be resolved but that could be an option.

"We are always looking to do something new and the GAA is an association with so much history.

"All of those things have to be discussed. We need to work with the GAA and develop a solution that will be acceptable to all the viewers who are used to that type of situation.

"I would hope a decision would be reached in the next month or so. Initially the types of things that have to happen need management input, but they also need input from the GAA members. It is a process that needs to show respect to all involved."

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