Kilkenny’s eight-time All-Ireland winner and three-time All Star, Michael Fennelly, will join a stellar line-up of GAA legends for Sky Sports’ most exciting season of GAA coverage to date. A total of 20 live, and 14 exclusive, fixtures of Championship action will be available on Sky’s multi-platform offering.
Sky Sports’ exclusive coverage gets underway with a mouth-watering double-header on June 2nd when 2017 All Ireland Hurling Champions Galway travel to Wexford Park for the 4th Round of the Leinster Hurling Championship, as they go in search of their first back-to-back All-Ireland title in 30 years. And Cork take on old rivals Limerick in what is bound to be a hotly contested fixture in Round 3 of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.
This year will once again see insight and analysis across both codes from Tyrone hero Peter Canavan, former Mayo manager James Horan, former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, former Dublin GAA star Senan Connell, Clare’s two-time All-Ireland champion Jamesie O’Connor, Kilkenny’s nine-time All-Ireland winner JJ Delaney and four-time All-Star defender Ollie Canning.
Lead commentary will come from Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty with co-commentary from Nicky English, new addition Mick Fennelly, Dick Clerkin and Paul Earley, and sideline reporting from Damian Lawlor.
Looking ahead to the Championship, JD Buckley, Sky Ireland’s Managing Director, said: “Our partnership with the GAA has gone from strength to strength and as we enter into this Championship and the next few years, I’m encouraged about the future and how Sky Sports can continue to stand out with innovation, knowledge and expertise at the heart of our GAA coverage. This year is arguably the best fixture line up in our five years of GAA broadcasting and through NOW TV it has never been easier or more economical for fans to tune in to Sky Sports and enjoy expert analysis and commentary from some of the most decorated players in the game.”
Exclusive coverage continues on June 9th when hurling fans will be treated to a top class Leinster Hurling Championship double header as Galway take on Dublin in Pearse Stadium and Kilkenny host Wexford in Nowlan Park at 7pm.
Sky Sports will broadcast live action in HD on Sky and can be watched on the move with Sky Go every weekend of the All Ireland Championship culminating with the All Ireland Hurling and Football finals on August 19th and September 2nd respectively.
Before the action gets underway though, the Championship Review Show will return to Sky Sports on Wednesday May 16th and will feature highlights from Mayo v Galway, Donegal v Cavan and Dublin v Kilkenny.
Entering into its fifth season of partnership with the GAA, Sky Sports’ investment extends beyond the Championship, and in 2017 Sky committed to investing €3 million over five years into grassroots initiatives including the GAA Super Games Centres, the GAA Youth Forum and the GAA Games Development Conference.
This year, Sky Sports will be going on the road, travelling to Liam Mellows GAA club in Galway for a special hurling preview evening ahead of the Championship and Kilmacud Crokes GAA club for a football preview night.
Being inside the game has never been easier. GAA fans have two exciting ways to watch the action: new and existing Sky customers can (from 25 May) join Sky Sports at half price for 6 months or fans can now access all the action instantly and without a contract via NOWTV.com, the TV streaming service giving sports fans access to all TEN Sky Sports channels from as little as €10.
Sky 2018 GAA Championship Fixtures
Exclusive to Sky
Saturday, 2 June
5pm Wexford v Galway (LSHC)
7pm Cork v Limerick (MSHC)
Saturday, 9 June
7pm Kilkenny v Wexford (LSHC)
7pm Galway v Dublin (LSHC)
Saturday, 23 June
5pm Football Rd 2 Qualifier
Saturday, 30 June
5pm Football Rd 3 Qualifier
7pm Football Rd 3 Qualifier
Saturday, 7 July
5pm Football Rd 4 Qualifier
7pm Football Rd 4 Qualifier
Saturday, 14 July
5pm AISFC Quarter Final, Rd 1
Saturday, 21 July
5pm AISFC Quarter Final, Rd 2
7pm AISFC Quarter Final, Rd 2
Saturday, 4 August
7pm AISFC Quarter Final, Rd 3
7pm AISFC Quarter Final, Rd 3
Semi Final & Final
Saturday 28, July
5.00pm All Ireland Hurling Semi Final
Sunday, 29 July
3.30pm All Ireland Hurling Semi Final
Saturday, 11 August
5.00pm All Ireland Football Semi Final
Sunday, 12 August
3.30pm All Ireland Football Semi Final
Sunday, 19 August
3.30pm All Ireland Hurling Final
Sunday, 2 September
3.30pm All Ireland Football Final
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