Linwoods Armagh TV saw a record number of viewers tune in to watch the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup final on Saturday evening between old foes Tír Eoghain and Doire. The game was played in the Athletic Grounds in front of a bumper crowd of 7,143, with thousands of Tyrone and Derry fans across Ireland and indeed across the globe following proceedings thanks to the passionate volunteers involved in Linwoods Armagh TV. Tá teilifís Ard Mhacha ag dul ó neart go neart ó cuireadh tús léi, tá trí bliana ó shin. Linwoods Armagh TV continues to go from strength to strength and has streamed scores of Armagh club championship games, McKenna Cup games and Ulster club championship finals, as well as championship preview shows, live streaming of championship draws and announcements of teams.
Scores of messages sent to the Armagh GAA official twitter account @armagh_gaa last night revealed the huge interest in this game amongst the Irish diaspora across the world. Tony Donnelly, who is a Tyrone man living in Canada, tweeted to send his “gratitude to Armagh GAA for providing this service”, while Toronto-based Tyrone duo Ultan Thomas and Sean Harte also enjoyed the game, as did the Gaels of Edmonton, Alberta.
Many viewers on the eastern coast of the US were delighted to get the opportunity to watch the game during a harsh snowstorm which has hemmed many into their homes. Ballymaguigan man John Paul Quinn tuned in from Pennsylvania, while New York-based Gaels also tuned in for the live coverage of the McKenna Cup final. Kevin Barry’s GFC in Philadelphia streamed the game for their members who braved the snowstorms to watch the game online.
The game was also being streamed by Tyrone and Derry fans out in Australia, including a number of Derry fans in Perth and Tyrone fans in Sydney. Linwoods Armagh TV also had plenty of viewers across Britain on Saturday evening, with plenty of London-based Gaels getting in touch. A number of English GAA clubs including Cú Chulainn GAC in Newcastle upon Tyne and St Lawrence’s GAC, Manchester also took the opportunity to stream the game live for their members. The game also reached Cornwall, the Isle of Mann and was even streamed in Stockholm in Sweden.
Cillian de Búrca from Claudy in County Derry was delighted to be able to watch his native county from Dublin and thanked Armagh TV for their “seribhís d’ardchaighdeán (top quality service)”, while other viewers in Westmeath, Wexford and Mayo enjoyed the coverage.
Our two commentators, Damian McCullough and Barra Ó Muirí, came in for special praise from viewers, but thanks must be given to all of the passionate volunteers who are part of the Linwoods Armagh TV team. Martin Hurl summed up the positive feedback from viewers of the McKenna Cup final on Armagh TV, when he tweeted “Thanks very much for giving me the opportunity to watch the McKenna Cup final. £3 well spent:-)” Linwoods Armagh TV would like to thank all of our viewers who tuned in to last night’s game for allowing us the opportunity to bring the game to do. Gabhann muid buíochas le gach duine ar fud an domhain a d’amharc ar an chluiche aréir. We also express our thanks to Ulster GAA for giving us permission to stream the game.
You can tune in to Linwoods Armagh TV again at 7pm this Wednesday, when we bring you coverage of the all-Armagh McRory cup tie between St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh and St Paul’s High School Bessbrook, which will be streamed live from the Athletic Grounds.