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Club championship draws go global


LIVE AND RAW The draw for the 2017 Mayo club football championships will be streamed live by LocalStreaming.club this week. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

NOT content with attracting an audience of almost 20,000 viewers in 72 countries for their broadcast of the All-Ireland Intermediate and Junior club football club semi-finals recently, the lads at LocalStreaming.club are going to break more new ground tomorrow evening (Wednesday).
Beginning at 8pm, the draws for the 2017 Mayo Senior, Intermediate and Junior club football championships will be streamed live from MacHale Park, Castlebar via the LocalStreaming.club website.
Presenter Liam Horan will guide the viewers through the permutations and combinations as the draw unfolds. (We believe various club reps have been frantically washing and ironing club jackets and polo-shirts all week ahead of their small screen debuts!)
The LocalStreaming crew (including videographer Anthony Moran, director Dessie Campbell and the aforementioned Mr Horan) deserve great credit for coming up with the suggestion to stream the draws live in the first place.
But fair play too to the officers of the Mayo GAA Board for giving their backing to the idea.
We gather that the ‘top brass’ are very excited about the prospect of the club draws being broadcast around the county, country, and the world.
It will certainly generate great excitement and interest around an event that usually takes place in front of a handful of people, and it’s a huge boost for loyal championship sponsors like Seán Julian of Treanlaur Catering.
Of course, it’s not the first time that Mayo GAA chiefs have worked with LocalStreaming — a number of club championship games have been shown over the last few seasons, including last year’s County Senior Football Final.
We’re certainly looking forward to watching the draws unfold from the comfort of our own home tomorrow evening, and hoping that some of the real characters of the local GAA scene turn out for the occasion.
We’re thinking of the likes of Toby McWalter from Balla, ‘Alf’ McLoughlin from Parke, Pádraic Costello Snr from Ballinrobe, Ollie Dillon from Ballintubber, or Willie Kelly from Kilmeena. It could break the internet, and would surely be better than Fair City!
There were also a few rumours doing the rounds today that all four O’Connor brothers from Ballintubber might be making an appearance on the broadcast; provided, we gather, that Pádraic’s agent can reach an agreement over his fee…
Watch this space!

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