GAA USA ’47
with Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Dara O’Cinnéide and Diarmuid Lyng
Date : Tue 10 Oct
Venue : Millennium Theatre, LIT
Time : 7:30pm
Tickets : €16.50
On this, the 70- year anniversary of the 1947 event, I.NY presents a screening of the GAA USA episode centered on the 1947 All-Ireland Football Final, followed by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Dara O’ Cinnéide and Diarmuid Lyng in conversation. This event takes place at the Millennium Theatre, LIT, on Tuesday October 10.
Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh hails from Dún Síon, outside an Daingean, Co Kerry. His voice, spanning six decades of Gaelic sports commentating on both radio and tv, is now regarded as ‘the voice of Gaelic Games’.
For the early part of his broadcasting career, Ó Muircheartaigh commentated on Minor GAA matches in the Irish language. In the mid-1980s he took over as the station's premier radio commentator. Well known and loved for his unique turn of phrase, Ó’Muircheartaigh built a personality unlike any other in the GAA during a 60-year career.
On 16 September 2010 he announced his retirement from broadcasting, his last commentaries being the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Football Final, and the 2nd International Rules test at Croke Park on October of that year.
Dara O’Cinnéide is a former All-Ireland winning Kerry football captain and award-winning broadcaster. Born in Dublin but raised in the Gaeltacht area of An Daingean, Co Kerry, Dara created and presented the TG4 four part docu-series GAA USA, tracking how Irish emigrants have brought their love of GAA to America with them – setting up clubs, teams and tournaments and living the Irish experience in a foreign country.
One episode of the docu-series focuses on the 1947 final between Cavan and Kerry, held in the now-gone Polo Grounds in New York City.
Diarmuid Lyng, was a key member of the Wexford senior inter-county hurling team from 2004 to 2013. Now active in broadcasting, he has had regular slots on TG4 and Newstalk’s Off the Ball, along with regular contributions to the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post. Like O’ Cinnéide, Lyng explored the phenomenon of GAA sports and the fascination surrounding it with his Hurling Around the World video, showing how Irish sport has gripped people all around the globe. Following a career break from teaching, Lyng spent time traveling and training as a youth facilitator with Soar, an early intervention wellness programme for young people.