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eir Sport announce deal to show live club championship games

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Fancy watching the first round of the Laois Shopping Centre football championship from your couch this summer?

Well, that could now be a possibility as eir Sport have announced they are to show up to 30 live games this season.

The broadcaster has secured a five-year deal that commences in May this year with early rounds in both codes to be screened as well as county finals and the latter stages of the Championships.

Today’s announcement marks a significant increase in the GAA offering available through the eir Sport pack, which is already home to live coverage of the Allianz Leagues with 23 games shown this season.

Glen Killane MD of eir TV & Sport said: “Today’s announcement is a moment of immense pride for eir Sport.

“Our goal has been to show the live sport Irish fans want to see and this season we will show up to 30 AIB GAA Club Championship games which will significantly expand the number of games fans can watch on TV and mobile.

“These are matches that haven’t previously been shown, and we are delighted to open them up to a wider audience.

“We will show some big clashes within the AIB GAA Club Championships while broadcasting from parts of the country that the cameras don’t often visit. This will bring eir Sport into the heart of communities all over the country, bringing local stories to life.

“These rights build on our already existing Allianz Leagues, GAA online clip rights and archive rights.

“Our ambition is to continue being Ireland’s number one sports broadcaster on TV and mobile and this ambition is only strengthened by today’s announcement.”

The deal will not affect TG4′s long-standing coverage of club championship matches, as it was announced last December that the Irish language station had retained the rights for Sunday afternoon coverage until 2022.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.