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Streaming games ‘the way forward’ say Clare GAA

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*Niall Deasy keeps tabs on Patrick Donnellan. Photograph: Clare GAA

Streaming club games online “is going to take off” according to Clare GAA Chairman, Joe Cooney.

On Saturday last, Clare GAA TV was launched as it aired the meeting of Sixmilebridge versus Ballyea in the club hurling championship online. Filmed by Dowd Media with commentary by Leo Doyle and Brendan Bugler, the clash was viewed by more than 3,000 people both at home and abroad.

“This is a new venture for Clare GAA. The idea of this is that we promote our games, promote it overseas. We’re all well aware we’ve emigrants in foreign countries and it is great that they can sit down tonight and enjoy one of the championship matches, it was a fantastic game of hurling but it’s really to promote the game and for people in our own county that cannot get to the game, elderly people who would love to watch the games but can’t get to see them,” Cooney said in the moments after Saturday’s game.

“Overall it is a mighty venture, it is something that is going to take off I think, we are going to do a number of games in both hurling and football in the coming weeks, I think myself it is the way forward,” the O’Callaghans Mills clubman added.

This weekend the clash of Cooraclare and Ennistymon in Group Three of the Clare SFC will be streamed live from Hennessy Memorial Park, Miltown Malbay with coverage commencing at 16:15 and the game throwing in at 16:30.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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