The colour and action return this weekend
– 31 Live televised GAA games this summer
– RTÉ Radio 1 has exclusive National Radio GAA Championship broacast rights
– Extensive free-to-air coverage across Television,
Radio, RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie
– Catch up on all the weekend’s action and reflective analysis each Sunday night on The Sunday Game
Echoing to the sound of leather on ash, the crash, bang, wallop of a full-blooded tackle and the roar of the crowds, nothing sounds quite like the GAA Championships on RTÉ. It’s a year like no other, with championship action beginning this Sunday, April 17. It all kicks off this Easter Weekend and for the first time, the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and Football Finals will take place in July. This year, RTÉ Sport will, once again, bring the sights and sounds of a championship season to fans across the country with extensive free-to-air coverage from the early beginning of the championship season this weekend right up the finals.
The Sunday Game Live and The Sunday Game return this Sunday (18 April) as the Munster Hurling Championship takes centre-stage with a live double header. Joanne Cantwell will be joined on The Sunday Game Live by Anthony Daly, Donal Óg Cusack and Shane Dowling for Waterford v Tipperary from Walsh Park (throw-in 2.00pm) followed by Cork v Limerick from Páirc Uí Chaoimh (throw-in 4.00pm).
Des Cahill is once again in The Sunday Game hotseat on Sunday evening alongside Colm O’Rourke, Derek McGrath, Liam Sheedy and Sean Cavanagh for highlights and analysis of the opening weekend in the hurling and football Championships.
As well as the 31 games, RTÉ will also show the semi-finals from the Tailteann Cup and the finals of both the Tailteann Cup and Joe McDonagh Cup competitions.
Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 will have coverage from every GAA Championship match in Football and Hurling. Commentary teams, reporters and presentation teams will bring all the action from every Championship venue as counties go in search of the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy. Leading expert analysts following all the action on RTÉ Radio include former Hurling and Camogie greats John Mullane, Brian Carroll, Shane McGrath, Kate Kelly and Aoife Sheehan while our Football analysts include Eamonn O’Hara, Kyle Coney, John Casey, Denise Masterson and Fiona McHale. Over 100 GAA Championships matches will be covered in 14 weeks on RTÉ Radio 1, not to mention leading coverage of the Ladies Football and Camogie Championships.
GAAGO will again stream the best of Championship 2022 in both codes to GAA fans outside of Ireland. Every game being broadcast on domestic TV will be available for international viewing, plus The Sunday Game Highlights show and selected underage action. GAAGO will also stream the Connacht Championship game between New York and Sligo on Easter Sunday to fans in Ireland and worldwide.
RTÉ Sport Online
Follow all the games on the RTÉ Sport website and RTÉ News app with our live blogs, match reports and reaction. As well as expert analysis from columnists Jason Ryan and Shane Dowling, there will be features and interviews, plus twice weekly podcasts featuring some of our leading pundits. Follow The Sunday Game on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for all the best highlights, analysis and debate.
RTÉ will once again be providing Irish language commentary in this year’s Championship starting with the Leinster Football Final on May 28. A total of 16 matches will be offered with Irish Language commentary including provincial finals, quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals in hurling and football as well as commentary on the senior camogie final. Commentary will be by Garry Mac Donncha with analysis from All-Ireland winning captains Dara Ó Cinnéide and Pat Fleury. Additional commentary and analysis from Cuán Ó Flatharta, Gary Brennan, Michael Rice and Claire O’Connor.
*commentary as Gaeilge begins on Saturday 28th May for the Leinster Senior Football Championship in Croke Park and can be found on Saorview, RTÉ News Channels and RTÉ Player.
Looking ahead to the start of the GAA championship this weekend, Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “The championship is and always will be central to our summers. Formats and calendars may change but the sense of anticipation is never diminished. RTÉ Sport across digital, radio and television will again be at the heart of the action, and we look forward to moments that will enthral and skills that will illuminate the summer.”