RTÉ Sport launch Championship coverage

Updated: Tuesday, 10 May 2011 20:37

Croke Park - Ciaran Whelan, Michael Lyster, Liam Sheedy, Clare McNamara, Joanne Cantwell and Marty Morrissey at GAA HQ for the launch
Croke Park - Ciaran Whelan, Michael Lyster, Liam Sheedy, Clare McNamara, Joanne Cantwell and Marty Morrissey at GAA HQ for the launch

RTÉ Sport today unveiled their extensive 2011 GAA Championship coverage across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie.

RTÉ Television and RTÉ.ie will broadcast a comprehensive package of 31 live games across this summer's GAA Championships including both the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championship finals, all of the semi-finals, and four of this year's quarter-finals.

The Munster football and hurling finals will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two as well as the Leinster Senior Football Final. There will also be live coverage of the eagerly-awaited clash of All-Ireland Hurling Champions Tipperary against Cork on 29 May.

Live commentaries and extensive match updates from RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will be available worldwide. GAA fans in Ireland will also be able to catch up on any matches they missed with full-match replays available on-demand on RTÉ.ie.

Group Head of Sport, Ryle Nugent said: 'RTÉ Sport is very proud of our 85-year-long tradition of broadcasting Gaelic Games. We always endeavour to provide extensive coverage of our national games while constantly innovating our output to ensure that GAA fans can enjoy the best quality sporting action available.

'This year sees new and exciting signings to our renowned panel which we hope will continue to engage debate and analysis of what will no doubt be another thrilling GAA season.'

For GAA fans, summer officially gets underway on Sunday, 15 May as Michael Lyster presents a new season of the Sunday Game Live, featuring the of the Ulster Senior Football Championship clash between newly-crowned Division Two Champions Donegal and Antrim.

On that evening, the Sunday Game highlights programme returns with the first of three very special live audience shows this series. With presenter Des Cahill in the chair, programme will feature highlights of over 90 matches this season.

This year RTÉ’s unrivalled and top quality GAA coverage will be further strengthened by the arrival of a brand new mid-week programme, The Committee Room, to RTÉ Television, and by new signings including Liam Sheedy and Ciaran Whelan to RTÉ’s GAA panel.

Hosted by Marty Morrissey, The Committee Room will feature a mix of interviews, issue-based discussion and interactivity beginning Wednesday 25 May on RTÉ Two.

RTÉ Radio 1’s Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport will have full commentary of the top match every Saturday and Sunday as well as coverage from every other match.

RTÉ Radio’s team of commentators will include Ger Canning, Marty Morrissey, Darragh Maloney, Brian Carthy and Pauric Lodge, with additional analysis from the regular panel of leading former players and managers.

New voices will also be heard on commentary and analysis this season including that of Seamus McEnaney who joins Marty Morrissey for commentary on this Sunday's Ulster Championship opener.

In addition to all the live action, Brian Carthy's magazine programme The Championship will return on Friday nights in June, while popular reaction programme Take Your Point will also be back on Sunday evenings.

Sport At 7 will once again become an hour-long Sport At 7 Extra from the first week in June, with Darragh Maloney and Pat Spillane holding the fort on Monday evenings to further reflect on and debate all the talking points on the road to the September finals.

RTÉ Radio News Bulletins throughout the day will also have the breaking news on team selections, injuries, suspensions and all the other issues that matter to the fans who follow the Championship.

GAA fans in Ireland and around the world can follow all the action on RTÉ’s online GAA section RTÉ.ie/gaa which will once again be the hub for fans to watch or listen to the games live, and to get the latest news, views, interviews and on-demand content, as well as full-match replays available on-demand.

All of RTÉ's dedicated GAA programming from RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ News will be available live and on-demand on RTÉ.ie/gaa.

RTÉ Television’s GAA output will also be available on RTÉ Player within the island of Ireland for seven days after broadcast. RTÉ Radio’s Take Your Point and The Championship are some of the other GAA programmes which fans can access live and on-demand.

RTÉ.ie’s GAA section will once again feature analysis from RTÉ's panel of GAA experts, as well as live text match-trackers, picture galleries, interactive features, news, previews and match reports.

GAA fans on the move can follow the action via the RTÉ GAA app on iPhone, the RTÉ News Now app on iPhone and Android and via the RTÉ mobile site (m.rte.ie/sport/gaa).

RTE Television & RTÉ.ie live coverage

15 May
Donegal v Antrim - Ulster SFC Preliminary Round - 3.30pm
22 May
Laois v Longford - Leinster SFC Preliminary Round - 2pm Kildare v Wicklow - Leinster SFC Preliminary Round - 4pm
29 May
Dublin v Offaly - Leinster SHC Quarter-Final - 2pm
Tipperary v Cork - Munster SHC Quarter-Final - 4pm
4 June
Limerick or Kerry v Tipperary - Munster SFC Semi-Final - 6.45pm
5 June
Kildare or Wicklow v Meath - Leinster SFC Quarter-Final
11 June
Antrim/Laois/Wexford v Kilkenny - Leinster SHC Quarter-Final
12 June
Sligo or Leitrim v Roscommon - Connacht SFC Semi-Final - 2pm
Limerick v Waterford - Munster SFC Sem-Final, 4pm
18 June
Carlow/Westmeath/Galway v Dublin/Galway - Leinster SHC Semi-Final 7.00pm
19 June
Derry/Fermanagh v Armagh/Down - Ulster SFC Semi-Final
25 June
All-Ireland Football Qualifier Round 1, 7.00pm
26 June
London/Mayo v Galway - Connacht SFC Semi-Final, 2.00pm
Kildare/Wicklow/Meath v Laois/Longford/Dublin

3 July
Munster SFC Final - 2pm
10 July
Leinster SFC Final - 2pm
Munster SHC Final - 4pm
16 July
All-Ireland Qualifier
23 July
All-Ireland Qualifier
24 July
All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals 2pm & 4pm
30/31 July
All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Finals

7 August
All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final
14 August
All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final
21 August
All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final
28 August
All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final

4 September
All-Ireland SHC Final
18 September
All-Ireland SFC Final