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BBC reporter and Glenariffe Oisíns man Mark Sidebottom.

BBC reporter and Glenariffe Oisíns man Mark Sidebottom.

Stephen Hamilton

BBC reporter and Glenariffe Oisíns man Mark Sidebottom.

This week, I caught up with Mark Sidebottom, who has long been the face of the BBC's GAA coverage.

He is a respected journalist/presenter and has a wealth of knowledge in most sports, particularly hurling, which is his first love. A fine hurler in his day, now dabbling in some coaching, and with four beautiful kids and wife Ciara, he is a fun person to be around, a jovial character - but don't be fooled by his demeanour, this is an extremely knowledgeable journalist. Relaxed before live coverage, he exudes the professionalism to succeed in a high-pressure industry.

Oisin: You are the BBC NI TV voice for GAA during the summer. How has Covid-19 impacted your career?