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Tyrone refuse to participate in any media coverage with RTE ahead of All-Ireland final against Dublin

Tyrone won't participate in any media coverage with RTE before or after the All-Ireland final against Dublin, the national broadcaster has confirmed.

Mickey Harte's men have boycotted RTE for seven years, with this season representing the first time that Tyrone have advanced to the All-Ireland final since it started.

The boycott began back in 2011 when, just months after the death of his daughter Michaela, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was the target of a sketch on RTE's John Murray show, which mocked him for going to see the Dalai Lama and then included the song Pretty Little Girl from Omagh.

Traditionally, RTE broadcast from the hotel of the winning team after the game and interview the manager and a selection of players. However, in a statement released today RTÉ confirmed that Tyrone won't be participating in any media coverage around the showpiece event.

"Last week RTE Sport extended the same invitation to Tyrone GAA that it has to Dublin GAA, and all previous All Ireland finalists with regard to participation in RTE coverage across television, radio and digital platforms," the statement says.

"This included pre-match, day of match at Croke Park, and post-match interviews.

"Tyrone GAA have informed RTE Sport that the Tyrone management and players do not wish to participate in any such media activity with RTE and we respect that decision.

"RTE Sport will now continue with its planning and preparation and we wish both Tyrone GAA and Dublin GAA the very best of luck in the final."

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