Wexford gone from pioneers to also rans

Published 22/12/2015 | 00:00

Digital Technology took a step backwards in Wexford G.A.A. T.V. with cuts in the budget.

County P.R.O., Rory Murphy in his annual report to county convention told delegates that it had been one of their most successful ventures attracting a high volume of views not just on the TV channel, but also short two minute action highlights that game some of their highest hits on Facebook, YouTube and twitter.

He also said that many of their pieces had been further relayed to national and international audiences via the online news outlets, with some of the most viewed videos including the sequence of saves by Shane Roche in the Wexford goal versus Wicklow in the O'Byrne Cup in January, the Leinster Colleges game between St. Peter's College and Good Counsel College, Gorey CC hurling and camogie games in their Leinster campaigns.

He described the sideline footage of the senior hurling qualifier versus Clare from 2014 which was put to the music of the Corner Boys as the huge sensation of the channel.

Mr. Murphy informed delegates that Wexford G.A.A. has now gone from being the ground-breaking pioneers of the G.A.A. world to becoming one of the also rans.

'We are missing out on communicating with a very important audience, the next generation, and we will again be at a situation as reported by Rory Griffin in 2012, that G.A.A. was not an important part of the conversation or life in the young people surveyed and ranked very low in their choice of sport.

'We have secured sponsorship for many projects in recent times and this area is perfect for any sponsor with a message for the Under20s,' he said.

He added: 'However there is also an older audience for Wexford G.A.A. TV. The real highlights of the year for us was when we produced a video for the New York Wexford Association dinner honouring the great Art Foley.

'Joe Carroll and Lar Sutton collaborated on this project with the video featuring Martin Storey, along with the star of the show, the legendry Ned Wheeler. Ned's piece to camera brought the house down and many a tear to the eye and was particularly appreciative of Art.

'We also recorded a piece for a programme that sadly didn't get to air due to the financial restraints where Tom Neville interviewed perhaps Wexford's greatest ever dual player Paddy Kehoe of Gusserane,' he added.

He also spoke of the revamp of the Wexford G.A.A. website, while they now have almost 20,000 on twitter, up from 14,900, while the Facebook page now has over 10,000 followers, up from 2000 on 2014.

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