Sport performed well for RTÉ over the weekend, at a time of year when there would traditionally have been less than the normal amount of sports coverage on the domestic front.

Saturday evening saw a live sporting double-header on RTÉ2. First up was the Leinster Club Football Final on Saturday GAA Live as Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes beat Naas from Kildare, watched by an average of 106,000 and a 12 per cent share of those watching TV at the time.

URC Live later on Saturday was seen by an average of 215,000 viewers with an 18 per cent share as Munster edged out Ulster.

Neither would break into the most-watched events of the year but any event where you get a six-figure audience tuning in is good for the sport and good for the sponsors that have invested in the tournaments and the teams.

Next weekend the GAA action switches to TG4 who will show the AIB Munster Football Final between Austin Stacks of Kerry andSt Finbarr’s of Cork as well as the Ulster Final between Kilcoo of Down and Derrygonnelly Harps of Fermanagh.

Rugby will also be to the fore with each of the four provinces returning to action in the Heineken European Champions Cup.


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