Cooper to host TV3's GAA shows
May 15, 2008
TV3 has announced its GAA line up for the forthcoming season with all its live matches hosted by Matt Cooper who will be joined in studio by three expert panellists for each match. The experts include Peter Canavan, Eugene McGee, Senan Connell, Paul Earley, Daithí Regan, Joe Kernan, David Brady, Liam Hayes, Jamesie O'Connor, Nicky English and Liam Griffin.
TV3's championship team will include, commentators Mike Finnerty and Trevor Welch, while TV3's Gaelic Games correspondent Kieran McSweeney and TV3's sports reporter Sinead Kissane, will be transmitting the atmosphere of the occasion and getting the views from the players and the fans.
In addition to the live coverage, TV3 will broadcast a new Thursday prime time magazine show "Championship Throw In" from May 29th. The weekly show will provide the first word on the weekend's Championship action.
Championship Live begins on TV3 at 1pm on June 1st with the opening round of the Munster Hurling Championship as Clare and Waterford go head to head in Limerick.
Commenting at the launch today David McRedmond, TV3 CEO said: "Today marks a coming of age for TV3 in its 10th year to become a broadcast partner of the GAA. Showing the national game is essential for a national broadcaster and we are immensely grateful to all at the GAA for making this happen."
Commenting on TV3's live matches, Nickey Brennan, GAA President said: "We are delighted to have TV3 on board as a broadcast partner and look forward to working with them. I wish all those involved in the match productions all the very best for the Championship season. The 2008 Championship season offers plenty of opportunities, surprises and perhaps for some, heart break."
On their production for TV3's live matches, Ciarán Ó hEadhra, Series Producer said: "We've assembled a first class team of experts, a brilliant production team and there are some very exciting games ahead of us this summer. We're particularly happy to have three Provincial Finals in July and we know that with the passion the fans and the players have for Gaelic Games this will make for a very entertaining first season of GAA on TV3."
TV3 Championship Live Presenter Matt Cooper said: "I am thrilled to have the chance to present Championship Live on TV3 and to represent hundreds and thousands of fans across the country by getting the views and the opinions of people who are not just fans, but know what is going on because they have done it themselves at the highest levels. When they talk, people will listen and it will add to everyone's enjoyment of the games."
TV3 GAA Fixtures
Date Match Competition
1/6/2008 Clare v Waterford MSHC R1
8/6/2008 Dublin v Louth LSFC R1
22/6/2008 Kildare/Wicklow/Laois v Meath/Carlow/Wexford LSFC S/F
29/6/2008 Offaly/Longford/Westmeath v Dublin/Louth LSFC S/F
6/7/2008 Leinster Hurling Final LSHC
13/7/2008 Connacht Football Final CSFC
19/7/2008 Round 1 Qualifiers AIFC
20/7/2008 Ulster Football Final USFC
26/7/2008 Round 2 Qualifiers AIFC
2/8/2008 Round 3 Qualifiers AIFC
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