GAA pundit Joe Brolly has resigned from Ireland's national broadcaster perhaps he can get a job with the Dublin GAA team, "Drive for Five"!
These days we never know what a GAA starting 15 is until the team lines out, although piles of phony teams are bandied about social media in the week before. Turns out the photo of a match program with Diarmuid Connolly starting was just a ruse. However, there was one definite and very notable man who has been omitted for the replay. That is, of course, the national broadcaster, RTÉ's, Joe Brolly.
Officially this is not based on the shenanigans in "The Sunday Game" studio at half-time during the first game between Dublin and Kerry. Then, Joe, admittedly backed up by true blue Ciaran Whelan, questioned referee David Goff's awarding of a penalty to Kerry. Despite video replays confirming the call as correct, Brolly said the ref had capitulated to Kerry 'propaganda' in the lead up to the showpiece game.
Whelan would later row back on his comments but Brolly held firm. RTÉ may have forced his subsequent apology to Goff but it hasn't changed their resolve to drop Brolly from any of their panels covering the rematch on Saturday 14. Mayo native and respected coach, Stephen Rochford, will fill the Derryman's shoes for the live TV panel.
Brolly hasn't gone quietly though, popping up on twitter To ask for a spare ticket because he had been 'let down'. It seems that this will actually be the end of Brolly's tenure with RTÉ, which began in the 1990s. The Belfast-based solicitor may be lost to TV now, as he has likely criticized Britain's Sky broadcasts too much to ever get a look in there.
Perhaps he can get a job in The Dublin GAA PR machine, as nobody will cheer louder than Joe when The Dubs belatedly achieve their 'Drive For Five'.
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