If the GAA had a Soccer Saturday programme, who should be on it? 7 years ago

If the GAA had a Soccer Saturday programme, who should be on it?

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Former Kerry footballer Mike Quirke hit upon a genius idea earlier this week, when he suggested that a GAA-style version of the hugely successful Sky Sports 'Soccer Saturday' show would be perfect for Irish Gaels.

He believes that a show similar in line to the Jeff Stelling/Paul Merson jamboree each week during the national league or championship, with reporters at each ground, would be the best way to serve a GAA-mad public.

Quirke feels the public are keen for information on incidents and scores, but are poorly served, according to him, with a mere highlights show on Sunday nights.

So we've taken a look at how it might be best suited to presenting such a show, and who a likely panel of four hurling and football experts might be to fill the studio each week - and the likelihood of that show being a success.


It wouldn't be dull anyway.


Dara Ó Cinnéide 

All Ireland Football Quarter Final Kerry 7/8/2005 Dara O'Cinneide Mandatory Credit©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan


The former Kerry footballer is, in our estimation, the presenter of the best sports show on television right now in Seo Sport on TG4. Comfortable with all sports, and also likely to draw some craic out of the guests on the panel, we reckon the An Gaeltacht man would be an ideal host for any GAA round-up style show.

Hurling panel

John Mullane 

John Mullane celebrates at the final whistle 17/6/2012


Only Davy Fitzgerald can rival this man for hurling passion, and imagine the viewing figures when Waterford are playing. Tears are guaranteed, swearing more than likely and a seven-second delay to deal with any sweary outbursts may also be advisable. He loves his county don't ya know.

Anthony Daly

Anthony Daly 5/8/2013

If they can keep the flies off his face, then Dalo would be a fantastic man to have analysing any live game. Managerial experience would also add to his gravitas. With the Clare man in the studio, you would be guaranteed serious craic every afternoon too. The stories from backstage could be legendary.

Cyril Farrell


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We see the legendary Galway man as the 'Phil Thompson' of the bunch. Protective of his native county, but a marketing wet dream with sales of 'Nuts to a Monkey' t-shirts set to sell out within days of his maiden appearance.

Richie Power

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 21/6/2015 Kilkenny vs Wexford Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly and Richie Power Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

A new face to the panel, but a man who would, we hope, have a long  list of stories to tell. We were massively impressed by his recent honesty that he may never hurl again, and while we'd keep him away from analysing Kilkenny games until a few years pass, we think he could be a better, more ginger, Neil Mellor.


Ryan McMenamin

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 3 21/7/2012 Tyrone Ryan McMenamin argues with referee David Coldrick Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

A dirty boll*x by his own admission when he was playing, but a total gentleman off the field - allegedly. There would be no-one better to analyse Ulster football than the ex-Tyrone man. Also the fact that he would be on a panel with a Kerryman (see below) would add serious spice. Any references to 'True Irish Gaels' results in an immediate ban.

Shane Curran


'Let them view Cake' could be the tagline for the former Roscommon goalkeeper and all-round GAA lunatic. The GAA answer to Paul Merson, 'Cakelish' could be a new language for us all to learn every week.

Mike Quirke

GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final 31/7/2010 Kerry Michael Quirke Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

The Kerryman is a keen observer of football and considering the whole thing is his idea, we had to include him. Incredibly honest and not blinded by green and gold glasses as some of his contemporaries.

Mossy Quinn

National Football League Division 1 12/4/2009 Dublin Tomas Quinn Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

The ex-Dublin footballer has an in-depth knowledge of both the on-pitch and off-field business of GAA. Dublin will need to be represented on any panel, and Quinn's previous media work, as well as his brilliant analysis, would make him a seriously valuable addition to any panel.

The GAA's answer to Kammy - Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt 31/5/2011

Stay with us on this one.

The current Coventry City man is, of course, a big GAA fan, and we would love to see how he would combine his love for hurling and football, into reporting from a different county ground each week. He also has better hair than Chris Kamara and we reckon his facial hair game would be equally as strong.

Failing that, Xabi Alonso, if he's stuck for work in the summer, could apply all that GAA knowledge picked up in Meath as youngster.


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