Des Cahill – Favourite GAA Moments
Des Cahill began his sports career with RTE in 1984 and 25 years later is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s top broadcasters. Over that time Des has brought his unique style to the world of sports programming with his vast knowledge and natural talent all sprinkled with a healthy sense of humour.
GAA remains Des’s passion and in this special 2-hour DVD, along with GAA legends Mickey Harte, Keith Barr, Eddie Keher, John O’Mahony, Martin McHugh, Anthony Daly plus writer Vincent Hogan, he brings together all the magic, drama and excitement of hurling and football as he recalls his favourite GAA moments. He re-visits the major victories, losses and controversies that dominated the GAA over the last 25 years – starting in the mid ‘80s with Kerry’s 3-in-a-row and ending with Brian Cody’s Kilkenny amazing feat of winning four on the trot in 2009 – a feat not achieved since 1940. In between witness the great rivalries of Cork v Meath, Meath v Dublin, Cork v Kilkenny, Tyrone v Kerry, the rise of Ulster football, great Munster hurling and celebrate the successes of the ‘smaller’ counties like Offaly, Clare, Donegal and Leitrim. The scoring feats of Frank McGuigan, Ciaran Carey, John Fenton and Maurice Fitzgerald are recalled with passion.
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Des honours the best of Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford, Cork and Tipperary but also unlocks the excitement of All Ireland wins for Clare in ‘95 and Wexford in the ’96, the controversial ‘short’ semi-final between Offaly and Clare in 1998, the sheer drama of the ‘5 minute final’ between Offaly and Limerick in ’94 and the passionate winning speech from Sean Og O’hAilpin in 2005.
Throughout, Des and his guests comment on a broad range of GAA issues & developments that emerged over the last 25 years incuding the threat from Ireland’s international soccer breakthrough, player’s welfare, rise in GAA merchandising, the historic rugby international between Ireland & England and of course the emergence of Croke Park as a world class stadium.
It all happened over the last 25 years! – with superb archive, dramatic action and revealing anecdotes. This DVD is the best modern history lesson of the GAA and no sports fan should be without it! On the DVD …………………..
1 Football – Kerry : 3 in-a-row 1984-86
2 Football – Frank McGuigan, Tyrone, 1984
3 Hurling – John Fenton Wondergoal
4 Hurling – Offaly applaud Antrim in 1989
5 Football & Hurling – Cork Double 1990
6 Football – Clare, Munster Champs 1992
7 Football – Dublin v Meath epic of 1991
8 Hurling – Offaly Comeback v Limerick 1994
9 Football – Donegal 1992
10 Football – Ulster dominate early 90’s
11 Hurling – Clare winning Munster in 1995
12 Football – Leitrim win Connacht in 1994
13 Hurling – Ciaran Carey wonder score 1996
14 Football – Meath v Mayo 1996
15 Hurling – Wexford, All Ireland champions 1996
16 Football – Kerry return after 11 years absence
17 Hurling – Clare v Offaly controversy 1998
18 Hurling – Cork are back 1999-2000
19 Football – Armagh and Tyrone in Noughties
20 Hurling – Waterford, Munster champions 2002 & more
21 Hurling – A great speech by Sean Og in 2005
22 CROKE PARK – opens to rugby and soccer 2007
23 Hurling – Kilkenny, The Masters 2006-2009