eir sport is to broadcast live coverage of the Lidl Ladies National Football League, starting on Saturday, February 10th.
The coverage will see three games broadcast on three different weekends, with all three games featuring current All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Dublin.
Cork, Kerry and Mayo will also feature in the ground-breaking eir sport agreement with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA). This is the first time that ladies football has appeared on the channel. TG4 is the broadcast partner and title sponsor of the All Ireland Championship.
The Lidl National Leagues are a key part of maintaining the momentum from last September and then the Blues Sisters documentary broadcast on RTÉ. Dublin only play one match in the Leinster Championship, the Final in Carlow so the chance to see them against the best of the opposition from further afield is doubly important.
The second and third live matches will both be Lidl Ladies Football League Division 1 encounters. The first being a replay of last year’s All Ireland Final between Mayo and Dublin on February 24th and the second featuring Dublin versus Kerry on March 3rd.
Both games will be the first leg of double headers featuring the mirror Men’s Allianz League games afterwards in Castlebar and Croke Park respectively.
Dublin’s Amy Connolly and Mayo’s Niamh Kelly were joined by Melissa Duggan of Cork and Aislinn Desmond of Kerry to make yesterday’s announcement. The action gets underway on Saturday, 10th February, as Dublin face Cork in a repeat of the All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“We are delighted that eir sport are screening these high-profile fixtures,” said Ladies Gaelic Football Association CEWO Helen O’Rourke.
“Behind the scenes, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure ‘double-headers’ alongside our male counterparts, which will enable our players to showcase their talents at top-quality venues such as Croke Park and Elvery’s MacHale Park.”
“We look forward to eir sport’s coverage and for viewers, it’s a fantastic opportunity to tune in and watch the cream of our inter-county talent in action.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to add these outstanding fixtures from the Lidl Ladies National League to the overall GAA content offering available on eir sport,” added Glen Killane, Managing Director of eir TV and sport.
“We have seen the incredible heights Ladies Football has soared to over the past number of years, and the appetite there is amongst GAA lovers to follow the action.”
“That creates a responsibility on us to deliver that content.”
“The addition of these games aligns with our mission at eir sport to offer Irish sports fans the very best GAA content.”
“Ladies Football action along with our extensive Allianz Leagues coverage, our recent successful AIB Club Championship coverage, GAA online clip rights and archive rights means eir sport is establishing itself as the key destination for GAA in Ireland.”