The inaugural European Championships in Glasgow and Berlin are underway this morning and will form the bedrock of what will be an unprecedented near 50 hours of live sports coverage on RTE over the weekend.
The games, taking in the individual Championships of athletics, cycling, rowing, triathlon, gymnastics, aquatics and golf will run until Sunday 12 August.
Over 4,500 athletes in total will be taking part in the games including well over 100 from Ireland.
Six of the sports will take place in Glasgow with athletics in Berlin.
Each day RTÉ2 will have up to 12 hours of coverage from the Championships with plenty of Irish medal hopefuls in action including Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean on the track in Berlin, Paul and Gary O’Donovan in the lightweight double sculls rowing, swimmer Mona McSharry, Diver Oliver Dingle and gymnast Rhys McClenaghan.
During the European Championships RTÉ Player will live stream all the RTÉ TV coverage and also provide over 130 hours of extra online coverage which will be streamed across two separate Web Exclusive channels.
RTÉ Player will also provide catch-up of all the TV coverage and clips of all the big moments.
Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 will have all the latest news from Glasgow and Berlin while RTÉ News sports bulletins and RTÉ.ie/Sport will also keep Irish audiences up-to-date throughout the championships.
There is a very impressive Championship App available from the Apple and Google Play Stores and each of the Irish NGB’s will be active on their own social media channels keeping fans and Irish sports fans fully up to date.
With a massive weekend of Gaelic Games, the semi Final of the Women’s Hockey World Cup and so much more this promises to be one of the busiest and best covered weekends in the history of Irish Sport.
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