The Best GAA Podcasts Out There
May 31, 2017 (3 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”?

The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Thankfully with the advent of on-demand audio, we’re now able to get more opinions and discussion points from former players than ever before. So, if you are sick of seeing Joe Brolly slouched over in The Sunday Game studio giving out about the Dubs then look no further, because we at The Sharpe have compiled a list of the best GAA podcasts out there.

GAA on Off the Ball

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Ok… Off the Ball is technically a radio show but with its GAA podcast regularly featuring in the top five in the iTunes charts, I couldn’t leave it off this list. Off the Ball is presented by a rotating set of presenters including Ger Gilroy, Joe Molloy and a rotating set of pundits including Jamesie O’Connor, Billy Joe Padden and Tommy Dunne. The best thing about Off the Ball is this rotating set of pundits that they have on. You don’t tire of hearing from the different set of pundits as you get a fresh take on the latest GAA action from a different voice every week.

As mentioned previously, Off the Ball is a radio show and they don’t focus on GAA every day of the week, so the number of episodes you can expect on a week to week basis does vary, depending on the amount of games on at the weekend. However, as we get stuck into the championship season there will be more focus on GAA from all the team at Off the Ball.

RTÉ GAA Podcast

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Now, if you’re a bit more old-school and you only want to get your GAA coverage from RTÉ, well then this is the podcast for you. The RTÉ GAA Podcast is presented by Damien Lawlor and features some pundits that are most likely to be found lurking around The Sunday Game studio. In saying that, it also features expert opinions from the likes of Oisin McConville who gives a great insight into the mindset of an inter-county footballer as the championship is about to kick into gear.

Lawlor is a really good host and is able to get a lot out of his guests and switch between different codes on a whim. The GAA podcast delivers two episodes a week, one on a Monday looking back on the action just gone and another on a Thursday or Friday previewing the action for the coming weekend.

The Throw-In by Independent.ie

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Now this is a podcast that is just recently starting up again after a winter hibernation, brought to us by the team at the Irish Independent. The show is hosted by journalist Will Slattery and will feature a host of Ireland’s top GAA correspondents such as Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle of the Irish Independent. One pundit making his Throw-In debut this season will be Sunday Independent columnist Joe Brolly, who will provide expert analysis and sharp wit alongside Brendan Cummins, Tomás Ó Sé and a host of other top pundits who are yet to be announced.

Also joining The Throw-In this year will be Rory O’Connor, aka the funny lad who brings us Rory’s Stories. Rory will bring a fan’s voice to proceedings and may very well set this one apart from the rest of the GAA podcasts out there. The Throw-In will offer us two episodes a week, one reviewing the weekend action just gone and one previewing the weekend action that is yet to come.

The GAA Hour with Colm Parkinson

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Hosted by former Laois footballer Colm Parkinson, the GAA Hour releases four podcasts a week with two episodes a week devoted to football and two episodes devoted to hurling. With regular guests like Paul Galvin, JJ Delaney and Conal Keaney, Parkinson brings a unique presenting style unlike anyone else in GAA punditry circles. His blunt outlook and not being afraid to give his own opinion has served him well since his days on Off the Ball. Parkinson or Wolly as he is affectionately known, has an expert knowledge of the GAA and his style of presenting is what has made The GAA Hour so popular in its first year as a podcast.

Certain episodes are dedicated to big name interviews with GAA legends from the past like Diarmuid O’Sullivan or Parkinson’s former college teammate in Maynooth Alan Brogan. These interviews are particularly fascinating as Parkinson discusses the careers of the player in question but also looks at the future for their own county. With most episodes lasting just over an hour, the GAA Hour is definitely a podcast that is only going to keep going from strength to strength. Once you get your GAA fix in, check out these other 5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To.

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The Best GAA Podcasts Out There
May 31, 2017 (3 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”?

The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Thankfully with the advent of on-demand audio, we’re now able to get more opinions and discussion points from former players than ever before. So, if you are sick of seeing Joe Brolly slouched over in The Sunday Game studio giving out about the Dubs then look no further, because we at The Sharpe have compiled a list of the best GAA podcasts out there.

GAA on Off the Ball

newstalk_off_the_ball

Ok… Off the Ball is technically a radio show but with its GAA podcast regularly featuring in the top five in the iTunes charts, I couldn’t leave it off this list. Off the Ball is presented by a rotating set of presenters including Ger Gilroy, Joe Molloy and a rotating set of pundits including Jamesie O’Connor, Billy Joe Padden and Tommy Dunne. The best thing about Off the Ball is this rotating set of pundits that they have on. You don’t tire of hearing from the different set of pundits as you get a fresh take on the latest GAA action from a different voice every week.

As mentioned previously, Off the Ball is a radio show and they don’t focus on GAA every day of the week, so the number of episodes you can expect on a week to week basis does vary, depending on the amount of games on at the weekend. However, as we get stuck into the championship season there will be more focus on GAA from all the team at Off the Ball.

RTÉ GAA Podcast

rte_gaa_podcast

Now, if you’re a bit more old-school and you only want to get your GAA coverage from RTÉ, well then this is the podcast for you. The RTÉ GAA Podcast is presented by Damien Lawlor and features some pundits that are most likely to be found lurking around The Sunday Game studio. In saying that, it also features expert opinions from the likes of Oisin McConville who gives a great insight into the mindset of an inter-county footballer as the championship is about to kick into gear.

Lawlor is a really good host and is able to get a lot out of his guests and switch between different codes on a whim. The GAA podcast delivers two episodes a week, one on a Monday looking back on the action just gone and another on a Thursday or Friday previewing the action for the coming weekend.

The Throw-In by Independent.ie

throw_in_gaa

Now this is a podcast that is just recently starting up again after a winter hibernation, brought to us by the team at the Irish Independent. The show is hosted by journalist Will Slattery and will feature a host of Ireland’s top GAA correspondents such as Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle of the Irish Independent. One pundit making his Throw-In debut this season will be Sunday Independent columnist Joe Brolly, who will provide expert analysis and sharp wit alongside Brendan Cummins, Tomás Ó Sé and a host of other top pundits who are yet to be announced.

Also joining The Throw-In this year will be Rory O’Connor, aka the funny lad who brings us Rory’s Stories. Rory will bring a fan’s voice to proceedings and may very well set this one apart from the rest of the GAA podcasts out there. The Throw-In will offer us two episodes a week, one reviewing the weekend action just gone and one previewing the weekend action that is yet to come.

The GAA Hour with Colm Parkinson

gaa_hour

Hosted by former Laois footballer Colm Parkinson, the GAA Hour releases four podcasts a week with two episodes a week devoted to football and two episodes devoted to hurling. With regular guests like Paul Galvin, JJ Delaney and Conal Keaney, Parkinson brings a unique presenting style unlike anyone else in GAA punditry circles. His blunt outlook and not being afraid to give his own opinion has served him well since his days on Off the Ball. Parkinson or Wolly as he is affectionately known, has an expert knowledge of the GAA and his style of presenting is what has made The GAA Hour so popular in its first year as a podcast.

Certain episodes are dedicated to big name interviews with GAA legends from the past like Diarmuid O’Sullivan or Parkinson’s former college teammate in Maynooth Alan Brogan. These interviews are particularly fascinating as Parkinson discusses the careers of the player in question but also looks at the future for their own county. With most episodes lasting just over an hour, the GAA Hour is definitely a podcast that is only going to keep going from strength to strength. Once you get your GAA fix in, check out these other 5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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