Lower tiers blast coverage of games

RTÉ Sport have been criticised by three counties for their coverage of hurling on The Sunday Game.

The programme featured highlights of the Connacht, Leinster and Ulster SFCs as well as the Laois-Antrim and Carlow v London Leinster hurling clashes, but games in the Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups, which were at the quarter-final stage, as well as the Lory Meagher Cup, were not shown.

The official Carlow GAA Twitter account, @Carlow_GAA, noted there had been: “A lot of anger on twitter over @RTESundayGame lack of hurling coverage, never mind calling 2 of our players by the wrong name.”

Kildare qualified for the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup by beating Wicklow and the county’s hurling account retweeted a message from @GAAscores, which said: “Hi @RTESundayGame. Intercounty Hurling was played this weekend. 4mins of SHC coverage & no mention of results of lower tiers is a disgrace.”

In addition, the @ClubAontroma account, which promotes Antrim GAA issues, noted: “The treatment of lower level hurling by @RTESundayGame is honestly quite disgraceful.”

When contacted for a comment as to why the hurling competitions had not been covered, RTÉ issued a statement which outlined the extent of the scope of its coverage.

“This summer, The Sunday Game highlights programme will provide coverage of up to 100 games in the hurling and football championships, including action from the camogie and ladies football championships.

“We will also provide coverage of the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cup finals in Croke Park as RTÉ have done since the introduction of the competitions.

“We also provide results of such on radio and on line from the early stages of the competition to the finals.

“This year’s three finals take place on Saturday, June 8 and our plan is to cover and discuss all three finals on The Sunday Game highlights programme the following night.”


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