GAA wants ‘Rose of Tralee coverage’ — Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly has hit back strongly at GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail’s criticisms of The Sunday Game, saying the association wants “Rose of Tralee coverage”.

GAA wants ‘Rose of Tralee coverage’ — Joe Brolly

In yesterday’s Irish Examiner, Ó Fearghail described discussion of games on RTÉ’s flagshow as being “predictable” and “tiresome”. Sunday Game analyst Brolly, in response to a tweet from Examiner GAA correspondent John Fogarty, pointed out that large viewing figures indicate that the public have sufficient interest in the views being put forward on the programme.

“They want Rose of Tralee coverage,” he wrote, “instead of the real stuff discussed by GAA folk in the stands & bars…which is what people want to hear. Judging by the 775,000 that tuned into RTE on Sunday past."

Former Cork star Larry Tompkins would like to see more former managers appear on The Sunday Game.

The former Cork captain and boss believes ex-managers would have a more rounded opinion of games. “All these people who sit up there are getting handy money,” he said of The Sunday Game. “If you go through a lot of them they have been great and good players but how many of them have managed a team?

“Ger Loughnane, Liam Sheedy and Cyril Farrell have but the football guys haven’t been down the trenches.

“We all look forward to hearing their views but if they have been on the other side and getting slated maybe their views would be different. I’ve always appreciated the guys who have been on both sides of it.

“The likes of Brolly, Colm O’Rourke, they’ve been great players but they haven’t managed their county at senior level or any level.

“I think it’s unfair in relation to managers taking the blame for a team losing. It isn’t a true reflection of the team. Maybe if they had a depth of looking at it from the other side their analysis might change.”

  • Cork’s 1990 All-Ireland winning captains Larry Tompkins and Tomás Mulcahy and their teams will attend a gala lunch in the Rochestown Hotel on Friday to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of their historic achievements. The event is set to sell out.

Proceeds will go to the Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund and the Friends of Jamie Wall.

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