Off The Ball

LISTEN: Ger Gilroy opens Newstalk's Off The Ball following sports staff resignations

“They made great radio and they helped make radio great.”

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NEWSTALK SPORTS EDITOR Ger Gilroy has opened the first broadcast of the station’s award-winning Off The Ball programme following the shock resignation of five of the show’s team earlier today.

In a brief opening statement, Gilroy paid tribute to Eoin McDevitt, Ciaran Murphy, Ken Early, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan.

“First things first, we didn’t really expect to be here tonight but we are,” Gilroy said. “That’s because the lads had made a pitch to start the show every night at six o’clock. Management couldn’t accommodate that and the lads have decided to resign.

“All I really want to say about this now is that we’re going to miss our friends. Ken, Eoin, Mark, Simon and Murph are an amazing group of people to work with. They’ve helped change how sport is talked about in Ireland forever.

“They made great radio and they helped make radio great. We’re all going to miss them and we wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

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