TG4 will broadcast a special television programme on Saturday night looking at the growth of Ladies Football in all six of the competing counties for Sunday’s TG4 sponsored All Ireland Finals.
With the backing of Lidl and the LGFA presenter Gráinne McElwain has been up and down the counties and the show will be aired from 8-15 on Saturday night, straight after the conclusion of the All Ireland Men’s final replay between dublin and Kerry.
The programme will visit all six counties playing in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.
‘Ceiliúradh LGFA le Lidl’ will have a number of musical acts and interviews with players, managers, families and feature some special videos to mark the weekend.
Among the features will be a very special one with the family of Tipperary’s Rachel Kenneally who was a member of the team but passed away last year from breast cancer.
Former players will reflect on this year’s Championship and on the games taking place on the following day.
Ladies Football is enjoying massive levels of popularity and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.
Last year, a record breaking 50,141 people attended the All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park.
On top of that, a total another 475,000 viewers tuned in to TG4’s live coverage of the Ladies Finals peaking at 284,000 during the closing stages of the Senior Final between Dublin and Cork.
The programme will be streamed live to a worldwide audience on the TG4 Player on www.tg4.ie
On Friday we have an interview with Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sport with TG4 about what it means as sponsor and broadcaster to be involved with the Finals Day.
The captains from the six counties competing in the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals were present at Croke Park yesterday, together with a number of the managers that will lead the teams through their final preparations.
Fermanagh and Louth will battle it out for the Junior title, Meath face Tipperary for the Intermediate crown and champions Dublin tackle Galway for the Senior silverware at GAA HQ.
Dublin are aiming to win the Brendan Martin Cup for the third successive year, following on from victories over Mayo in 2017, and Cork last year.
Rob Hartnett from Sport for Business, Jackie Cahill from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Patricia Monahan from Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football join Barrey Fennell from Hill 156 Army for a special edition of the Blue is the Colour Podcast to be released later today previewing the Ladies Finals.
““It’s that time of year again, when we prepare to crown our three TG4 All-Ireland Championship winners,” said Marie Hickey, president of the LGFA.
“These are there games to savour and I’m looking forward to some spectacular football, in line with the season we’ve had to date.”
“Dublin and Galway will bring memories of 2004 flooding back for both counties, while Meath and Tipperary have provided some excellent football during their respective Intermediate campaigns.”
“We’ve had a fantastic 2019 campaign to date and hosting our Senior Championship semi-finals at Croke Park for the very first time was a big highlight.”
“Now we’re back at the famous venue again for the three Finals that will see our champions crowned.
“We are very fortunate that TG4 continue to be our Championship partners and broadcast our game, not just nationally, but to a worldwide audience, free to air.
“I am really looking forward to watching ‘Ceilúradh LGFA le Lidl’ on Saturday evening, a show that should whet the appetite for what lies in store on Sunday.
“TG4 is very proud of our sponsorship of Ladies Football and for providing extensive coverage of these matches on free-to-air television to a global audience,”added O’Coisdealbha.
All three games will be broadcast live on TG4 starting with the Junior Final which gets underway at 11.45am. The Intermediate Final throws in at 1.45pm while the Senior Final will have a 4.00pm start.
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