Hawk-Eye to come to Semple Stadium

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.