BBC Sport Northern Ireland has won ‘Best Sport Programme’ at the Royal Television Society awards in London for the 2023 All-Ireland football final.

The production was nominated alongside Sky Sports’s coverage of the Ashes and ITV Sports’s Rugby World Cup.

The Croke Park showpiece finale between Dublin and Kerry was broadcast on BBC Two network television last July.

Sarah Mulkerrins presented the live broadcast and it was produced by Margaret O’Hare, with match commentary from Thomas N iblox and guests on the show including Dara O’Briain, Patrick Kielty and Adrian Dunbar.

Judges said “the passion and joy in this clever production poured through the screen”.

In the final at Croke Park, Dublin defeated reigning champions Kerry by 1-15 to 1-13.

“I’ve worked here in the UK for 12 or 13 years and I never thought I’d be able to work on this sport, a sport that I grew up on,” Mulkerrins told the BBC NI website.

“It’s really special and the sport, football, hurling and the GAA, holds a very special place in people’s hearts, so it is lovely to have been able to work on it and bring it to wider audiences.”

The expansion of TV coverage to the BBC Network across the whole of Britain, as well as the international reach of GAAGo means that last year’s Final was probably the most watched of all time.

The other win from last night is that it is likely now to be repeated.



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