All six of the All Ireland Hurling and Football Championship matches will be screened live on TV this weekend after a late offer that the two matches not down for broadcast could be. There are also four live games on TG4 from Ladies Football and the U20 Championship.
It was originally to have been three of the games on RTÉ and one on Sky. This would have meant either a Quarter Final in the hurling or a match in the Football Quarter Final Series being ‘dark’ in TV terms.
It may have been possible that GAAGo would have broadcast in an arrangement that might have meant GAA Now taking the games to broadcast online here in Ireland, in the same way as a number of club games have but the high profile of the matches, and perhaps some tenderness overreaction to games not being shown or played at different venues through the summer meant that avoiding further negative sentiment became a greater priority.
RTÉ One will show Sunday’s doubleheader of Limerick and Galway in Hurling followed by Kerry and Galway in Football while RTÉ2 will show the World Cup Final between France and Croatia.
They will split Saturday’s Coverage of Clare Vs Wexford from Pairc Uí Chaoimh in the afternoon with Dublin against Donegal at Croke Park on RTE2, while England’s World Cup 3rd Place play-off against Belgium, will be on RTÉ One.
Sky will show Roscommon against Tyrone on Saturday evening and Monaghan against Kildare on Sunday afternoon in the Football Championship.
It will be a record number of live Championship games shown across two days but is still unlikely to dampen demand for attendance, other than perhaps from Kerry fans who tend not to travel far at this stage of the season and may choose to stay home for the TV feast instead.
For GAA fans at home, it will need to be a case of fast fingers as TG4 are also to the fore showing two games from the All Ireland Ladies Football Round Robin Stage as well as both semi-finals in the Eirgrid U20 Football Championships, one on TV and the other on TG4’s YouTube Channel.