Sports fans are being offered an exciting opportunity to try their hand at the art of commentating in a competition announced by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, together with the GAA.
The competition will be run during the summer, and is looking for the next Seán Bán Breathnach or Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, could that be you?
The winner will get two tickets to their choice of either the All-Ireland football or hurling final in September, a weekend for two in the Croke Park Hotel, and a chance to step into the commentary box on All-Ireland day.
The top entrants to the competition will also be invited to attend a special day-long workshop in the Raidió na Gaeltachta HQ in Casla, Connemara, in August with some of the best commentators in the country.
Commentary is an essential part of the sports broadcasting experience, and can add significantly to the radio listeners’ experience. Seán Bán Breathnach, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta commentator, said: “Commentating is my absolute dream job and I get goose pimples when Amhrán na bhFiann rings out before the matches.
“I’d say to people interested in the competition to give it a try. Some people just have a natural talent for it, and maybe they don’t even realise it. They might surprise themselves, and we’re really looking forward here in RnaG to hearing the entries.”
If you think you can bring the passion of a game to an audience listening at home, send in a 60 second recording of yourself commentating as Gaeilge to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Comórtas Tráchtaireachta, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Casla, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe. Closing date is 9 August. Include your name, address and phone number. Entries are open to men and women over 18 years of age.