Yesterday’s National League final between Kerry and Mayo drew the curtain on broadcaster Seán Bán Breathnach’s extraordinary collaboration with Raidió na Gaeltachta.
he Connemara Man (72), popularly known as SBB, first picked up the microphone in April 1969, three years before Raidió na Gaeltachta launched, and later became inseparable from the sport of the country’s Irish-language broadcaster. His first broadcasting job was as a presenter with Raidió Éireann Popseo na Mairte – the first Irish language pop show.
He later switched to television and hosted folk music programs In space and SBB ina Shuí.
His style, approach and accent set him apart from most presenters in Irish broadcasting of the era.
In 1991, Bán Breathnach won a Jacobs Award for his radio sports commentary.
His live commentary on significant events – most notably his passion during Katie Taylor’s fight for the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics – have become celebrated examples of his craft.
But while SBB broke up with Raidió na Gaeltachta, he will not disappear from the national stage as he will continue his television career at TG4.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/slan-sean-ban-rnag-star-hangs-up-radio-mic-after-commentating-on-national-league-final-41517598.html Slán Seán Bán – RnaG star puts on the radio mic after commentating on the National League final