RTÉ RnaG searches for next commentators

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, together with the GAA are looking for the next Seán Bán Breathnach or Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh in a summer competition.

The winner of the competition will get two tickets to their choice of either the All Ireland Football or Hurling Final in September, a weekend for two in the Croke Park Hotel, and a chance to step into the commentary box on All-Ireland day.

The top entrants to the competition will also be invited to attend a special day-long workshop in the Raidió na Gaeltachta HQ in Casla, Connemara, in August with some of the best commentators in the country.

Liam Ó Néill, Uachtarán, GAA said: “I’m delighted on a personal level, and on behalf of the organisation, to be supporting this excellent initiative. I’m hopeful that there are a lot of young people out there who would like to try their hand at commentating, and we may see some new commentators coming to the fore as a result.”

Seán Bán Breathnach, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta commentator, said: “Commentating is my absolute dream job and I get goose pimples when Amhrán na bhFiann rings out before the matches. I’d say to people interested in the competition to give it a try. Some people just have a natural talent for it, and maybe they don’t even realise it.

“They might surprise themselves, and we’re really looking forward here in RnaG to hearing the entries.”

Anyone over 18 is encouraged to enter, including those already working in radio. Just send in a 60 second recording of yourself commentating as Gaeilge to ct@rte.ie by August 9th.

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