“60 Minutes Sports” is promoting an upcoming show “Ireland's national obsession.” It will aim to explain hurling to the United States audience all with the help of Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins.
The upcoming GAA show will include interviews from former players, such as Donal Óg Cusack, and journalist Damien Lawlor. It will also feature footage from the national broadcaster, RTÉ Sport's coverage of the All-Ireland championship.
It seems like a well-researched and interesting piece.
As “60 Minutes Sports” put it on their Twitter account “Here's an exciting game you've probably never heard of.” But GAA and hurling is certainly gaining traction around the world. Probably largely due to the recent years of emigration of Ireland’s twenty-somethings.
There are now GAA teams popping up across the globe from Canada to the Emirates, the US, Australia and Asia. In fact it seems that hurling is the Irish sports seem to be a la mode in the US.
Just last week the New York Times published a photo essay on the revival of camogie in New York.
And in August Dan Barry, also in the New York Times, wrote about “A Passion for Hurling, the All-Ireland Game” from Kinvara, County Galway.
Even ESPN, with a viewership of close to 15 million per month, featured a little bit of hurling during a college football game in August. However the commentators didn’t seem to know what to make of it saying “It’s a violent sport… It looks so dangerous!”
Maybe they need to tune in to “60 Minutes Sports’” “Ireland's national obsession.”
“60 Minutes Sports,” which airs on Showtime is a spin-off of the Emmy Award-winning CBS show “60 Minutes.” Compiled by the “60 Minutes” team it focuses on current events sports along with classic stories from the show's archives focused on sports topics and personalities.
The full programme on "Ireland's national obsession" will be broadcast on Tuesday 6 October.