Joe Brolly apologises for joke aimed at GAA commentator Marty Morrissey
Not for the first time, RTE pundit Joe Brolly courted controversy yesterday after a joke he made about GAA commentator Marty Morrissey live on air backfired badly.
It was while acting as an analyst at the Cavan v Monaghan game that former Derry All-Ireland winner Brolly's caustic observation in relation to the Breffni county's style of play created a furore on social media.
"Some people have said that Cavan football is as ugly as Marty Morrissey. I should apologise... to the people of Cavan for that," said Brolly.
But the outspoken pundit apologised for his remark at half-time.
"I want to stay that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection and not literally," he said.
Programme presenter Michael Lyster replied: "I presume that's an apology. We appreciate that because it was out of order, Joe."
Meanwhile, the final touches have been put to preparations for tonight's game in St Patrick's Park, Newcastle (7pm) between an Ulster Select and an Ireland Select.
Ulster will be managed by Down legends Sean O'Neill and James McCartan Jnr while the Ireland team will be under the baton of four-times Meath All-Ireland winner Sean Boylan.
The match is being staged in conjunction with the Irish Open Golf Championship with the proceeds going to the Northern Ireland Children with Cancer Fund .
James O'Donoghue, who has been in sensational form since coming into the Kerry side, was hurt in a club game yesterday having only just returned from a lay-off and could now face another spell on the sidelines.
In the Connacht championship Roscommon beat London by 0-14 to 0-10 while in Munster Clare overcame Limerick by 0-15 to 0-13.