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Out! GAA say Hawk-Eye won't be ready for Patrick's Day at Croker

Howazdat? Croke Park crowds could be in for a new big-screen innovation.

Updated 12.41pm

THE TECHNOLOGY USED to settle tight line calls in sports like tennis and cricket is set for a trial in GAA HQ.

The Irish Examiner’s John Fogarty reports that Hawk-Eye may be installed on Jones’ Rd in time for the All-Ireland club finals on St Patrick’s Day.

However, the GAA have this lunchtime insisted that a ‘full feasibility study on the possible use of score detection technology’ will not be completed before May. The statement continues:

The roll out of the feasibility study will continue in the months ahead and no final decision will be taken on its possible use before further discussion at Coiste Bainistí and Ard Chomhairle.

The Examiner reported that the inventor of the technology visited Drumcondra yesterday to carry out ‘advance study’.

A company director told Fogarty: ”We’ve sent Paul Hawkins over to Ireland and he’s carrying out a reccie of Croke Park to make sure that when all the equipment goes in there everything will work when we eventually turn up to install.”

As I understand it, the plan is to install the systems in Croke Park for a period of about three weeks while we test the systems, fine-tune them and make sure it will meet the unique demands that Gaelic games — especially hurling — places upon our technology.

It’s hoped that the addition of the technology will help reduce incidents of wrongly-given points, like this one from Ben O’Connor last summer:

Read more by John Fogarty in today’s Irish Examiner

He also spoke to Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland this morning