Episode 110: Faces & Places – County Final Day

This week for Faces & Places Breifne takes a look behind the scenes at the recent Leitrim GAA County Finals.

While thousands of us enjoyed the fare served up by Glencar / Manor, Sean O’Heslins, Leitrim Gaels and Drumkeerin recently but spare a thought for the army of volunteers who work tirelessly and endlessly behind the scenes to make sure the day runs smoothly.

We catch up with volunteers Cian Glancy, Michael Doherty & Sean Murray about their roles on the day.

Ocean FM’s John Lynch shares his experience of covering many county finals over the last 23 years. County Board PRO Declan Bohan talks about the process of putting the match programme together and the team who gather the content together.

Leitrim GAA Chairman Terence Boyle talks about his favourite experience of the last five years of county finals particularly the honour of presenting a championship trophy to his own club Aughnasheelin in 2017.

PJ Meehan of the Kiltubrid Pipe Band talks about the history of the groups participation in Leitrim GAA events. Sean O’Suilleabhain discusses the planning involved in developing the running order and ensuring that all events happen on time and the Public Address script to keep all attendees informed as to what happens.

Shane Butler discusses his role as the score board operator. Referee James McCaffrey talks about being the man in the middle on county final day. Maureen Diffley took a break from boiling kettles and making sandwiches to chat about what goes into feeding and watering all these volunteers.

Enda Lyons discusses the participation of the club academies at half time in the Intermediate final, Sean Donoghue of the Order of Malta fills us in on the first aid side of things for players and supporters and Sean McGoldrick, event controller, talks about his 50th County Final experience.

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