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GAA Director General Páraic Duffy says Hawk-Eye is set for use at Semple

Updated: Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:38 | Comments

There was controversy concerning a couple of points during the Allianz final
There was controversy concerning a couple of points during the Allianz final

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GAA Director General Páraic Duffy has hailed Hawk-Eye as "very successful" and says Semple Stadium will be upgraded with the system as soon as possible.

Although still in its infancy after being introduced to the championship last season, Hawk-Eye proved largely successful, despite a human error during the All-Ireland MHC semi-final between Limerick and Galway.

Meanwhile, there was controversy surrounding a couple of points during last weekend’s Allianz League final against Tipperary in Thurles – a match won by the Cats by a single point.

Duffy, speaking at the launch of the Lenovo GAA Skills Hubs, said: “I’ve always said it and I’ll say it again, this is the second year of the Hawk-Eye experiment. I personally think it has been very successful.

"We had one hiccup last year with Limerick, which was very regrettable, but I have always said that if we sign off to retain it, we should then look as soon as we can to put it into Thurles.

“Ideally, you would have it in every ground but Thurles is the next ground it should be in because Thurles stages so many of our big hurling games. In the game last week there was over 50 scores, that’s always going to happen.”

Although the system is not yet in place permanently, with ratification from Congress needed first, Duffy believes it is only time before it is and the technology is introduced in the country’s other GAA stadia.

"It will reduce the cost when it is purely Irish personnel" - Páraic Duffy

Duffy also said that the financial cost of installing the system into other grounds will diminish in time.

"When you look at it at the end of the two years, the costs are around personnel. We still bring people from Hawk-Eye in England over," he said.

“Over time that will be phased out and it will reduce the cost when it is purely Irish personnel. That’s a gradual thing because you’ve to be absolutely sure that everybody knows how to use it.

“I don’t know what the costs would be for rolling it out. A lot of the costs here were around research. I would hope that it wouldn’t be as expensive as it has been here.”

The Lenovo GAA Skills Hubs will offer children aged 13 to 15 the opportunity to learn the skills of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie from inter-county players in venues across the country this summer.

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