‘Spy’ mission raises ire in schools football clash

There was an outbreak of NFL-style espionage yesterday afternoon during a Munster colleges football match in Carrigadrohid, Cork.

During the Group A Corn Uí Mhuirí tie between St Francis College Rochestown and Tralee CBS, Rochestown coach turned spy-buster Liam Ó Murchú noticed the match was being filmed from the sideline bank at the venue. He immediately approached his opposite number, Kerry player Marc Ó Sé, and enquired if Tralee had organised the filming.

When Ó Sé confirmed they hadn’t, Ó Murchú approached the filmmakers — who appeared of secondary school age themselves— at half-time in the match, enquired if they had permission to video the match, and then confiscated their video equipment.

After a discussion with another spectator, who Ó Murchú identified as one of the boys’ teachers, he returned the equipment, having been assured filming would stop.

It wasn’t quite New England Patriots-level chicanery, and the videographers made no attempt to hide what they were doing, but permission is required to film another school’s matches, as Ó Murchú, whose side won easily, explained after the game.

“I was very disappointed. We will never video anyone else’s game.”

Munster Council’s Post Primary Schools servicing officer John Brennan confirmed permission is required to film matches and said the incident will be investigated.

He explained: “Approval needs be sought from the Munster Council for permission to record any post primary schools match in the province.

“This is the keep in line with the Child Protection Act. Any school doing so must confirm that the recording will be used solely for analysis and training purposes.

“We would receive these type of requests on a regular basis at the senior level of competition in terms of both the Dr Harty and Corn Uí Mhuirí

“The Munster Council is aware of the incident in Cork yesterday and will be launching an investigation into the occurrence.”

The school mentioned in association with the filming didn’t return calls last night.


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