Tony Kelly spent 10 hours soloing in front of the cameras for Sky Sports GAA ad

The Clare hurler wasn’t used to hurling in Croke Park like this.

Tony Kelly Tony Kelly at yesterday's Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling launch. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

SKY SPORTS WILL make their debut in the world of live GAA coverage on Saturday week and the broadcaster’s build-up is intensifying.

Last week they announced their line-up of presenters and pundits while their first ever GAA advertisement also got its first airing.

Clare hurler Tony Kelly lit up Croke Park last summer with the exploits that helped the Banner lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup and saw him go on to win the Hurler of the Year award.

He was back at the stadium recently for the filming of the Sky ad but found life in front of the cameras had changed.

“It was different, something new,” remarked Kelly. “It took about 10 hours.”

Having to perfect his solo technique before striking into the Hill 16 end was the cause of the length of filming according to Kelly.

“Just soloing over and over again till I got it right. Definitely not (used to it). I won’t be an actor!”

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Sky make their debut on June 7th in Nowlan Park for Kilkenny against Offaly while Kelly makes his summer debut on June 15th against Cork or Waterford.

Here’s another look at the end product after that 10 hours of the cameras rolling.

Source: Sky Sports/YouTube

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