RTÉ2 will carry Irish-language commentary service for this year’s All-Ireland hurling and football finals.


As part of Meáin Ghaeilge RTÉ, Action Plan 2015-2019, launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and RTÉ Director-General Noel Curran, RTÉ2 viewers on Saorview and Sky will be able to access Irish-language commentary of this year’s All-Ireland finals.

For this Sunday’s football showdown, commentator Garry Mac Donncha will be joined by former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide. 

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaill said: “Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is delighted with RTÉ's new initiative to provide the option of Irish-language commentary for our All-Ireland finals this year. Irish-language commentary goes hand-in-hand with our games all year round and there is a historical legacy around hearing our native tongue on the biggest days in our calendar.

“I wish the new service every success and hope it will become a part of GAA coverage on final days in the years ahead.”

Group Head of Irish Language for RTÉ Rónán Mac Con Iomaire added: “This is the first time ever that an option to choose English or Irish commentary has been available on television, and it’s a measure of RTÉ’s commitment to Irish-language broadcasting that we are in a position to provide such a service.

“What’s interesting this year is that we have at least one Gaeltacht county in each final, and I’m sure that take-up will be strong for the excellent Irish language commentary on both games.”

How to access Irish language commentary:

SAORVIEW:

Select Language- Irish- OK.

SKY:

Press Help – Switch Audio Description OFF

On the remote press Services – System Setup [or Options] – Language & Subtitles [or Accessibility] – Favourite Language (select Irish) – Save New Settings.

Return to Help and Switch Audio Description ON.

UPC:

The Irish-language commentary service will not be carried on UPC.