There can be no absolute certainty as we wrestle with the possibility of tighter national restrictions but the GAA inter-county season is expected to burst into life this coming weekend and everyone has to plan accordingly.

It is unlikely there will be any spectators allowed into the opening games in the final rounds of the Allianz Leagues or the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championships but there was good news on Friday when it emerged that GAAGO will exclusively stream up to 23 games from the upcoming return of Allianz League action.

Previously available only to those outside of Ireland, the GAAGo service has been a big success and created a template on how streaming could be delivered economically and efficiently by the rights holder combining with the broadcaster, in this case, RTÉ.

The two created a formal joint venture and have built the service steadily throughout a period where what they do has become central to the future of sports broadcasting.

The credibility and technical excellence built up over the last six years resulted in the FAI selecting GAA Go as its partner for the WatchLOI live streaming of the conclusion of the SSE Airtricity League.

Games

Games from every division of the Allianz Football League will be available on the platform, including the Division 1 clash of Monaghan and Kerry on Saturday 17 October.  Each will be available at a cost of €5 with registration and download simple through the GAAGo.ie website.

A number of special deals have been arranged across different counties for group access in hospitals and nursing homes.

Coverage will be produced by RTÉ Sport and Nemeton TV, with Marty Morrissey, Ger Canning and John Kenny among the commentators

The finals of the Allianz Hurling League Divisions 2A2B and 3B are also among the games being streamed on GAAGO. 

Matches broadcast on domestic TV including next weekend’s Eirgrid U20 Semi-Finals and the Allianz League Division 1 match between Dublin and Meath will continue to be available outside of Ireland only.