Wicklow flavour to ‘Road to Croker’
Memories of yet another eventful GAA Championship year will come flooding back in The Road to Croker Review 2008 on RTÉ Two, Saturday, December 27, at 6.30 p.m., from the coup against Justin McCarthy in Waterford, through to Tyrone’s destruction of Kerry’s three-in-a-row dream.
Wicklow featured very strongly on the show this year and will do also in the 2008 Review.
Wicklow legend Kevin O’Brien won €5,000 for his chosen charity by winning the Master Marksmen competition, beating off copetition from among others Larry Tompkins and Ross Carr, and winning the final in front of 70,000 people in Croke Park.
Another veteran back in action was former rugby star Shane Byrne who returned to the white and blue of Aughrim in the Junior football championship with the cameras there to see him in action.
Wicklow manager Mick O’Dwyer also features on the programme.
This special 90 minute programme will be reviewing all the high and lows of the championship year, with action from all the big games, as well as interviews with the many guests who appeared on The Road to Croker over the summer, including Joe Canning, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Jason Ryan, Alan Brogan, Justin McCarthy, Davy Fitzgerald, Mick O’Dwyer, Matty Forde and Eoin Kelly.
The programme also offers a chance to see the highlights of one of the television events of the year; the presenting début of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, who stood in for Des Cahill while he was at the Olympics Games in Beijing.
The show will include the best of The Road to Croker’s features from the summer, with a look back on the inaugural Master Marksmen competition which included stars from the past like Eddie Keher, Gary Kirby and Larry Tompkins, as well as Frank McNally’s take on the possible return of recession GAA.