‘Cúpla Focal’ from Micháel &Oacu

  • Sep 24,2006
Legendary RTE GAA commentator Micháel O’Muircheartaigh will be in Mayo next week to meet and greet Mayo GAA club officers from all around the county. Ó Muircheartaigh will be special guest at a meeting of the Mayo GAA club Oifigigh na Gaeilge (Irish Club Officers) in the county at the Welcome Inn on Wednesday next October 4th.

"We’re delighted that Micháel is available to come to Mayo and talk to the Irish club officers," Mayo GAA Oifigeach na Gaeilge Piaras Ó Raghallaigh stated.  "We hope the oíche eolais (information night) will motivate and encourage clubs to use more Irish as they go about their activities every year.  Clubs can do so much more to promote our native Irish culture and we are eager that everyone makes an effort",  O’Raghallaigh said.

On the night, Micháel Ó Muircheartaigh will talk about his live and work in Kerry and Dublin.  He will also provide some expert analysis on Mayo’s defeat in the All-Ireland Football Final recently, as well as taking a number of questions from the floor.

"The information night is open to all GAA clubs and members.  We also hope that other cultural committees and indeed those interested in the Irish language in Mayo will come along and help us out," O’Raghallaigh stated.

Micháel O’Muircheartaigh will for ever be associated with Gaelic Games and his love and appreciation of the Irish language is very clear from his commentaries.  Anyone familiar with his style knows that he likes to add a ‘Cúpla Focal’ to his commentary, and he feels that the GAA should be more active in promoting our national language. 

"All GAA clubs should consider an ‘Irish night’ where all players and members are encouraged to use what ever Irish they have.   This would not require any classes but would give people an opportunity to use what Irish they have, and build their confidence".  He said.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh was born in An Daingean, County Kerry, in 1930. He began commentating on matches in his late teens, but first came to prominence after the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final in the Polo Grounds, New York, in 1947.
In the early 1980s he began to work with RTÉ on a full-time basis, eventually succeeding the legendary Micheál Ó Hehir as the stations premier radio commentator.
The information night takes place in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar on Wednesday night October 4th starting at 8pm.

Further Information:
Mayo GAA Oifigeach na Gaeilge Piaras O’Raghallaigh (094) 9022444,