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RTE Television

Up for the Match

Welcome back to another year of Up for the Match, the programme that brings you all the pre- All Ireland GAA finals excitement.

Presented by Des Cahill and Grainne Seoige, Up for the Match will feature a host of well known faces as well as personalities from the competing counties. We'll be getting the views and thoughts on the eve of the big day from former players, pundits and fans. There will live music on the night plus one lucky person at home will get a chance to win one of the last pairs of tickets to the final itself.

This year we see Cork V Clare battling it out for the All Ireland Hurling Final on the 8th September in Croke Park.

The football semi- finals are Tyrone V Mayo on the 23rd August and Dublin v Kerry on the 1st September with the All Ireland Football final taking place on the 22nd September.

Up for the Match will host its pre- All Ireland Final hurling show on the 7th September and its pre- All Ireland Final football show on the 21st September.

If you would like tickets to either of the above shows please fill out and complete the application form below and Email it to upforthematch@rte.ie

CLICK HERE to download Application Form for tickets to the UP for the Match pre- All Ireland Final football show on the 21st September

CLICK HERE to download Application Form for tickets to the UP for the Match pre- All Ireland Final hurling show on the 7th September

Applicants may only apply for one show.

You can also follow us on https://www.facebook.com/upforthematchrte#!/upforthematchrte and TWITTER: @UFTMRTE

This year we are also doing a call out for people abroad who would like to send in videos to support their counties from afar. The details are as follow:


On Saturday 7th September, RTÉ's Up For the Match, will feature video messages from GAA fans all over the world showing support for their native counties.

The Rebels and the Bannermen have reached this year's All Ireland Hurling Final so we are asking Cork and Clare people living abroad to send us their messages of support.

We are looking for a 30 second clip telling us who you are, where you are originally from, your current location and why you think your team will bring home the Liam McCarthy Cup this year. You can tell us where you will be watching the match and why you miss the GAA back home. The more creative your entry the better!

You can email your clip, send us a Youtube link or post your video on our brand new Facebook page. The best clips will be broadcast on Up For the Match the night before the final.

The closing date is Friday 31st August at noon.

Good luck!


EMAIL: Send your video directly to upforthematch@rte.ie

FACEBOOK: Upload your video to YouTube/vimeo link and post it to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/upforthematchrte#!/upforthematchrte


Tips on how to make your video:

  1. Make sure you shoot in landscape mode (ie hold your phone on its side so the you are shooting horizontally)
  2. If you are outside insure that your subjects can be heard
  3. Avoid windy places
  4. Make sure you have enough light
  5. Get creative with locations and don't forget to wear your county colours!

Up for the Match
  • RTÉ One, Saturday, 9.50pm