In a Cham­pi­onship of mu­sic, how would your county fare?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - STUBS -

A mu­si­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the GAA Cham­pi­onship would be a fine thing, es­pe­cially if it were ever pos­si­ble.

Pre­sen­ters from the TXFM ra­dio show Park life have in­sti­gated the for­ma­tion of a 32-county-strong playlist, but they’ve in­stantly asked for load­sof help.

The orig­i­nal point of the ex­er­cise was to alle vi­ate the clichéd suc­cess pat­tern that un­rav­els at around about this part of the Cham­pi­ons hipe very year. The GAA is good for hu­mour­ing thes mall-fry teams with Qual­i­fier draws (a to­ken sec­ond chance tra­di­tion not un­like the XFac­tor’s wild card sys­tem). But the Cham­pion ship is also good for re­leas­ing the shark teams from the pre­vi­ous sea­son at a late stage in the com­pe­ti­tion; imag­ine what it would be like if Olly Murs and One Di­rec­tion were re- en­tered into the X Fac­tor fi­nals on a yearly ba­sis, and you’re on the right road.

To pre-emp­tively com­mis­er­ate the “non-teams”, Park life is com­pil­ing a list of mu­si­cal he­roes from each county, be­cause ap­par­ently there’s more to life than the GAA. This would be fine if they could ac­tu­ally com­plete the list. In­stead, they’re crowd-sourc­ing sug­ges­tions for Leitrim and other grey-are a re­gions whose mu­si­cal prow­ess is a lit­tle un­der­whelm­ing.

In the mu­sic stakes, we can imag­ine the coun­ties would fare sim­i­larly to their Cham­pi­onship teams. Wick­low falls short ofthe big win even though the tal­ent is there–this is be­cause Hozier is too of­ten lauded as a Du­bin in­ter­na­tional media. Done gal sails in to pop­u­lar favour on the strength of Rory Gal­lagher (hands off, Cork) and, ofcourse, Daniel O’Don­nell, while Mayo main­tains its “al­ways the brides­maid” sta­tus with Louis Walsh.

Kild are foot ballers haven’t re­stored their form since their mid-1990 speak–around about the same time that na­tive acts Damien Rice and Bell X1 split from their po­ten­tial su­per group line-up. Leitrim and the rest will con­tinue to com­pete with poly phonic ring tones un­til any ac­tual bands are sug­gested.

Emily Long worth

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