CORK man Oisín O’Driscoll was one of the first to gain access to a Premier League game on the night it resumed in his capacity as a sound engineer.
The Innishannon native was on duty at the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester City versus Arsenal game which the reigning Premier League champions comfortably won. Oisín loved his experience working in Manchester.
“It was a great experience working at such a big game, with it being the first one back and working with the new restrictions. There have been a lot of changes in broadcasting these big games. We are working with a lot less equipment and we have less time to get the same job done,” said the former Innishvilla AFC soccer player.
Oisín’s role as a sound engineer with both Sky and BT enables him to engage in extensive travel and affords him the best seat in the house for major sporting events.
“I have worked on at least 20 Premier League games this season. Some you get to sit back and enjoy the game. In other games, things can go wrong when we are live on air. Luckily for me most of my work is pre-and post-match, so I got a great view of the game from just beside the players’ bench.
“My job is to basically make sure you’re hearing the players and managers interviews on the television”
He loved watching the clash of Premier League titans Manchester City and Arsenal. The league game featured some of the best players in the Premier League. With the games being played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, this afforded him a more personal experience with the game.
“The standard was fantastic. It was very strange to actually hear the players shouting at each other during the game and directing each other.
“It was strange not having the crowd at the game, but I was hearing something completely different to what viewers were watching on television. Fake crowd effects were added to television which has received mixed reviews.”
Oisín, who is a huge Liverpool fan, is eagerly looking forward to seeing the Reds capture the league championship title for the first time since 1990.
He is scheduled to work at their next three games where he hopes to see them win the title.
“I have five games in the next two weeks. I am fortunate to be working for the next three Liverpool games where they are almost guaranteed to win the Premier League. It will be a great experience to be one of the few Cork people to witness history.”