CORK are set to follow the lead of other counties by announcing details of their plans to live-streaming club championship games, starting this weekend with football.
The big game of the new-look premier senior championship between west Cork rivals Castlehaven and Carbery Rangers in Clonakilty on Sunday at 2.30 is already ear-marked for live transmission by TG4.
And the Echo understands two more games will be made available to the public, when they are broadcast live on-line, starting, it’s believed with another exciting top-flight encounter between St Finbarr’s and Ballincollig at Pairc Ui Rinn on Friday at 7.30.
Live-streaming of games has already been a hit in Mayo, Tyrone and Armagh while closer to home Kerry and Tipperary also unveiled plans to begin broadcasting championship games in those counties.
Last season the county board teamed up with our sister paper, the Irish Examiner, in streaming games live and this proved very successful, particularly with hurling followers.
Full details of what’s intended could be unveiled as early as today as the whole of Cork gears up for the start of what is hoped will be a hectic period of games.
In all there are 26 football championship games listed in the four grades, premier senior, senior A, premier intermediate and intermediate A, between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Senior champions, Nemo Rangers, are one of the first teams in action on Friday, when they meet Valley Rovers for the second season in a row in Cloughduv at 7.30.
The board are also finalising ticket details for all games which are now restricted to 200 people per match and that includes teams, officials, host venue staff, media and other essential personnel.
It’s anticipated that no more than 80 tickets will be made available to supporters wishing to attend games and this will bring obvious disappointment to many, particularly for the west Cork group containing the Haven, Rosscarbery, Ilen Rovers and Newcestown.
Cork CEO/Secretary Kevin O’Donovan is busy applying the finishing touches to his plans and a public announcement is planned shortly.
The ticket system is being operated by Ticketmaster/Universe and full details are on the way. Tickets cost €8.
Meanwhile, Croke Park issued guidelines about attending games based on Government health advice.
They are making spectators aware that all risks from Covid-19 cannot be eliminated by attending games.
It’s also advised that people considered high risk or who are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend games.
The high risk category includes people over 60, those with heart, lung and blood pressure issues among others.
The GAA are advising people to bring their own hand sanitisers and suggest the wearing of masks for everyone over 13.