GAA games back live in UK pubs
31 July 2009
GAA fans living in the UK can watch live Football and Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship action in commercial premises from this weekend thanks to an agreement between the GAA and Setanta Sports.
The agreement means that the big matches from these crucial stages of the All-Ireland Championship season will be available in up to 45,000 commercial premises across the UK.
On Sunday August 2nd Gaelic Games fans in the UK can watch live coverage of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Finals between Cork and Donegal and also Tyrone v Kildare, while on Monday August 3rd there will be live action from the Quarter Final clash between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park.
This weekend's live broadcasts will be available on Sky Channel 167 in commercial premises in the UK. From August 9th the live games will move to a permanent slot on Sky Channel 437. These games will be available only in commercial premises.
GAA President Christy Cooney said: "I warmly welcome this initiative which is the culmination of behind the scenes work undertaken by the Association as soon as the problem arose.
"Our overseas units and their continued passion for our games form a vital strand of the GAA given the large and vibrant Irish communities that are dotted across Britain.
"I look forward to the return of a service that will allow so many of our members and supporters being able to follow top level action on what is a massive weekend of championship football with three of our four quarter-finals scheduled to take place in a 48 hour period."
Setanta Sports welcomed the development saying: "Setanta's origins are steeped in the GAA and the company began by broadcasting our national games to the Irish abroad. This latest agreement with the GAA means that this tradition will continue and Gaelic Games fans across the UK can enjoy the All-Ireland Championship action."