RTÉ Sport has announced details of its significantly increased Paralympics 2016 coverage, sponsored by Allianz Ireland, across television, radio, online and mobile.

The games begin tonight on RTÉ2 at 10pm with live coverage of the Opening Ceremony from the Maracana Stadium in Rio. 


Each evening Joanne Cantwell and Daráine Mulvihill will present Paralympics 2016 with a mixture of highlights and live coverage of the Irish in action plus the best of the games from Rio.

Joining Joanne and Daráine will be panellists including London 2012 double-gold medallist Mark Rohan, Modem Pentathlon Olympian Natalya Coyle, RTÉ Soccer analyst Richie Sadlier and former World Track Cycling champion and Olympian Martyn Irvine.

RTÉ2 will also have live coverage as four-time Paralympic gold medallist Jason Smyth goes for gold in the T13 100m final this Friday 9 September (2.55pm) and  Michael McKillop’s bid for a fourth Paralympic gold in the Men's T37 1500m final on Sunday 11 September (4pm).

All times and schedules are subject to change and are dependent on the progression of Irish athletes. 

RTÉ News

RTÉ television News will have a round-up of Irish involvement and other major events from the Rio Paralympics each day on RTÉ Six One and Nine O'Clock News television bulletins. 

RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm

Radio Sport will bring you the stories of the Paralympics each day from Morning Ireland through until late in the evening with updates on our sport bulletins on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2FM through the day and night - including on Morning Ireland, Today With Sean O'Rourke, News at One, Drivetime, Game On and late into the evening.

RTÉ Radio 1 will also carry a number of the finals and medal events of Irish interest live in our regular programming as they happen.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will also be carrying coverage of the Paralympics on their sports bulletins throughout the day, and also on weekend sports programmes.

RTÉ Player 

While RTÉ2 will be the home of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on television this year all of the content will also be available to viewers in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Player. 


For the duration of the Paralympics, RTÉ.ie/Sport will present a dedicated Paralympics site, delivering news, analysis, previews, as well as daily Live Trackers, bringing up-to-the minute news from the Paralympic Games. Live video streams from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will also be shown on RTÉ.ie/Sport throughout the 10 days of the games. 

RTÉ News Now app

The RTÉ News Now app will have a dedicated Paralympics 2016 news section.

And of course you can follow @rtesport on Twitter and Facebook and #rterio2016 for all the latest news and action from the Paralympics.

RTÉ2’s Paralympics 2016 coverage is sponsored by Allianz Ireland.