When the Armagh County Board approached the County IT Officer Kevin Fox to identify a solution to finding a platform for Armagh fans who have had to seek employment across the globe, few would have foreseen the level of growth and development of Armagh TV.
After initial work to create the technical capacity to stream games and a period of testing, permission was sought and granted to screen the Armagh v Cavan McKenna Cup tie which proved a qualified success.
This proved one of several firsts for the project over the year. Armagh TV, under the leadership of Kevin Fox went on to provide audio streaming of Armagh’s NFL games and enjoyed a very positive relationship with management from our County sides. Pen Pic videos were placed on the County website as confidence within and outside of the team grew.
Off the field, the team of volunteers played a role in the promotion of the successful inaugural Athletic Grounds concert, headlining with Nathan Carter. Promotion of the NFL game v Galway helped bring added colour and an enhanced atmosphere to the Athletic Grounds.
The creation of a Pre-Championship live broadcast, entitled Seventy Minutes, proved another new departure, presented by Jimmy Smyth with a panel of County legends and with an audience fully representative of both Cavan and the Orchard County.
During the Championship campaign, supporters near and far became accustomed to tuning in to a live broadcast of the naming of the Senior team, another first in GAA circles.
On the club scene, Jarlath Burns hosted the always eagerly awaited Championship Draws broadcast live from the Ceannáras.
This was followed by later draws also being made on camera throughout the season.
Weekly live coverage of Junior, Intermediate and Senior games ensued. This coverage provided a microcosm of the strides made by Armagh TV over the course of the season, as single camera coverage in the early rounds developed into multi-camera productions in full HD including interviews and trophy presentations. Armagh TV were also privileged to cover the exciting County Hurling Final. Incredible to believe that all this has been achieved by people willing to volunteer their services. Like those that play for our county at any level, a sincere debt of gratitude must go to the families of these volunteers, for supporting them in their efforts, to promote Gaelic games and culture in the county and beyond.
None of this would have been possible without the unrelenting support of the County Board Management Team. The project team recognize the support provided also by our County teams and clubs and those who have viewed the service from near and far.
A recent recruitment drive has seen the Armagh TV crew multiply into a flourishing group of both professionally qualified and highly skilled and motivated individuals and thanks goes to each of them for their energy, drive and enthusiasm throughout 2013.
Having incredibly achieved over 2.5 Million viewers in its first year meant a Major Sponsor was only a matter of time. Local Company Linwoods could see the huge benefit of the local and Worldwide audience Armagh TV brings and thus Linwoods Armagh TV was born for 2014.
2014 will bring new challenges and potential, however the future is bright for Armagh TV! The crew involved with the project, won’t sit back and accept what they have done to date, but will strive with professionalism and enthusiasm to keep Gaels of the county of Armagh at the front of innovation and development of new methods of bringing the supporters closer to the teams we all love to support.
On 5th June we have this years Seventy Minutes show which plans to be bigger and better than last years successful show. The coverage of the County Championship & League will cover games both in and outside of Athletic Grounds. More information on both will be released very soon.
If you’d like to get involved with Linwoods Armagh TV on a voluntary basis or you are interested in advertising on our unique platform, please contact Kevin Fox – firstname.lastname@example.org
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