Discovery Communications and the BBC have signed a long-term partnership for the coverage of the Olympic games. The BBC will be the UK's exclusive free-to-air broadcasters for the next five Olympic games. Discovery is committed to striking innovative partnerships across Europe after winning the rights to the games in 2015. This builds on a 30 year partnership between the two companies.
When it won the rights to air the Rugby World Cup TV3 announced that it would launch TV3HD. As expect TV3HD will not launch on Saorview. TV3HD will be available only on pay TV platforms Sky and UPC. TV3HD will launch in August 2015 with the arrival of the RWC from England on the 18th of September 2015. This will mark the first time that TV3 have hosted a full interational event, previous it co-hosted the 2007 RWC with Setanta Sports.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have awarded Discovery's EuroSport rights to The Olympic Games 2018 to 2024 in over 50 European Countries. Previously FiveSport had won the same rights and it was through these rights that RTÉ was able to buy The Olympic Games 2016. The games have been awarded to Discovery Communications owners of pan-European TV satellite broadcaster EuroSport, however rights do not cover British or French rights.
None of the Irish TV broadcasters picked up FIFA's Women's World Cup, which begins in Canada tomorrow (6/6/15). While there is no Irish interest in the tournament with neither Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland qualifying for the games. CCÉ contacted all of the Irish broadcasters about their plans to cover the Women's World Cup all failed to respond to the request for information. The EBU signed an agreement for live broadcast and online coverage for the match for 17 EBU member states including the Republic of Ireland. The new president of the EBU is RTÉ's head of Television, Glen Killane (former Head of Sports with the broadcaster). No arrangement was made by any of the Irish broadcasters to attain the broadcast rights, even placing agreements for coverage with RTÉ or the EBU.
Setanta Sports have announced that they will broadcast Wimbledon for the next 3 years. Wimbledon yet again is lost from Irish Terrestrial TV as TG4 had previously broadcast the tournament since 2005 after a 8 year hiatus from Terrestrial TV when RTÉ decided to drop the tournament in 1998, stating it could not compete with the BBC's loyal Irish Audience. All 26 games will air across the Setanta Ireland and Setanta Sports 1. Setanta retains their rights to the French Open until 2019.
TV3 have just added the FA Cup Final to its sporting events available for it to broadcast. This comes with news that it had retained UEFA Champions League coverage and the coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2015. TV3 is heating up the pressure on competitors Setanta Sports, Sky Sports and RTÉ2, as it begins picking up more sporting events since lossing UEFA Europa League to Setanta Sports, GAA to Sky Sports and ITV Soaps to new entrant UTV Ireland. TV3 has been steadly holding on to 8% of it audience since the depature of ITV soaps, but it has increase it audience for Champions League and Britian's Got Talent and is expected to repeat this success with Live coverage of the FA Cup Final and the Rugby World Cup 2015.
TV3 will be available on UPC and Sky platforms in HD from August just in time for the Rugby World Cup. TV3 confirmed its exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup: England 2015. All 48 matches will air on TV3 in September providing free-to-air coverage across Ireland on Saorview. The announcement was made at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Thursday (26/02/2015). Coverage will be hosted by Matt Copper.
Tuesday Nights (24/02/2015) coverage of UEFA Champions League on TV3 reached 887,400 viewers for Manchester City v Barcelona. The average audience for the match was 270,900 with Barcelona's 2-1 victory over City. TV3 took 18% of the available audience. TV3 will continue to have Tuesday Night UEFA Champions League matches for the next 4 season, having recently signed a 3 year deal with UEFA to retain the rights.
TV3 has announced that its sister channel will broadcast Conor McGregor's homecoming fight, after reaching an agreement with The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC Fight Night Dublin will feature McGregor V Brandao on the 19th of July at The o2 areana in Dublin. This is the first time a UFC fight will be broadcast by an Irish free-to-air broadcaster.
Eddie Barrett will be off the Waterford side for at least two months after picking up a knee injury during a Cork Waterford match on Sunday. The sides drew. 21 minutes into the game the hurler dislocated his right knee cap.
TV3 and the IRB have announced that TV3 will be the Irish broadcaster for all 43 Rugby World Cup Matches in 2015, which take place in England. TV3 also announced its plans to provide a HD service across all platforms by mid-2015, in time for the RWC which takes place from 18 September to 31 October 2015. The news comes as a welcome relief to TV3 who had lost major programming right to UTV Ireland and Sky Sports in recent months. TV3 had previously provided free coverage to the 2007 RWC, with the majority of games on Setanta Sports.
The GAA have announced Broadcast rights for the next 4 years. GAA provide a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches to Television. A total of 31 games will be provided to RTÉ. Sky will take the remaining 14 games, a move by the GAA into Pay TV, resulting in the loss of these games by TV3.
Gavin Jennings and Jimmy McGee are to commentate on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Winter Olympic Games on RTÉ News Now. Coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be live on the channel. The opening ceremony coverage starts at 16:15 on RTÉ News Now tomorrow (07/02/2014), highlights will air each night of the games after the RTÉ Nine News. The highlights programming is provided to RTÉ from the Olympic Broadcast Services. Graphics will also be provided courtesy of OBS. RTÉ have not stated whether RTÉ News Now's live news ticker and panels will remain on screen during the duration of their Winter Olympics Coverage.
Sligo GAA have announced that Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa will continue to be the main supporters of the county, with Sligo IT co-sponsoring the team. The county have become the first team to adopt a new Kit supplier KUKRI Sports Ireland. The jersey is a new design with Radisson Blu on the front with IT Sligo on the back. The new jersey will be launched for the National League Campaign in February.
Craig Clarke and Aly Muldowney have return to training for Connacht, allowing both to be put forward for selection this week. Criag Ronaldson has also return to the squad from his injury. There were no major injury concerns after their victory on Saturday against Zebre. Michael Kearney left the pitch with a shoulder injury but it is hoped that the 22 year old will be available towards the end of next week.
The Republic's ladies team are at their training camp in La Manga, Spain. Team manager Sue Ronan has said she is pleased with their training, the squad linked up with Holland during the week. A practice match in four quarters featured 19 of the Irish squad, with Dora Gorman absent due to illness. The squad continue training in La Manga until Friday (18 Jan 2014).
The HSE and the GAA in cork are joining forces to tackle stress. Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, launched the joint initiative in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Stress Control courses are to begin on Wednesday, January 29th at Midleton and St. Finbarr's GAA clubs, the courses will last six weeks. This is the first time in Ireland that a sports and health care partnership is to tackle stress in the community.
The Derry Football Forward has signed a new contract with Irish League soccer side Coleraine and is expect to be part of the team until May. Bradley will miss the entire Allianz League. Bradley has been a major success at Coleraine scoring nine goals in his first full season in the Danske Bank Premiership. The 30 year old was hoping to divide his time between Derry and Coleraine but Derry manager Brian McIver asked him to choose one or the other. The Derry manager has left the door open for Bradley to return to GAA Football.
Dublin will defend their Allianz Football League and All-Ireland titles with out Ray Boyne (Head of Performance Analysis) and selector Michael Kennedy. Both have decided to leave manager Jim Gavin's large backroom team.
The French international will be part of BBC Sports presentation team during the Rio World Cup 2014. He will join Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville and Alan Hansen. Henry will warm up for the role with a studio appearance on Match of the Day, Tonight (14/12/2013).
The Finn Valley Athletic Club in Co. Donegal announced their Fit 4 Life Leaders. The announcement was made at their annual athletics Christmas celebration. The four leaders are Mark Connolly, Dermot McGranaghan, Mary Martin and John/Louise Mailey. Club chairman Patsy McGonagle underlined the contributions that each bring to their group and the important social, physical and health benefits that ensue.
The Football Review Committee (FRC) has issued its final report into competition structures and associated issues in Gaelic Football. The committee was set up in April 2012 by GAA President Liam O'Neill. The review hopes to eliminate some of the anomalies that exist in the game over recent years. The report re-examined the largest consultation process ever undertaken by the GAA. 4,000 individuals from across Ireland and oversees voiced their opinions on Gaelic Football.
The GAA have announced the fixtures for the Quarter and Semi finals to the All Ireland Senior, Junior and Intermediate Men's Football championship. The winners of each of the Junior and Senior provincial football championships are now complete the fixtures for each of the semi and quarter finals have been set by the GAA. Semi-finalist include Castlebar Mitchels, Dr Crokes, St Vincents, Fuerty, Kell and Two Mile House, while Kingdom Kerry Gaels, Ballinderry, John Mitchel's and Emyvale will play in the quarter-final deciders.
Kerry's Eoin Brosan (33) has called it a day. The senior football player with Kerry announced his decision on the Radio Kerry Sport show on Monday. He line out for with Dr Crokes as they claimed a 3-in-row win against Cratoe to hold on to the provincial crown on Sunday. He will remain with Dr Crokes but will not continue with County football. He made his senior début for the county in 2000.
Results of this weekends rugby around the country. In division 1A Clontarf beat Young Munster 46 to 28, Dolphin scored 25 to Ballynahich's 18, Lawnsdowne were victorious over Garryown with 35 against 10, in a close game Old Belvedere 27 to St. Mary's College's 25 and UCD were winners at Belfield to Cork Constitution 23 to 17.
Pat Flanagan has been announced as Sligo's football manager. The announcement was made on Monday night (25/11/13) by the Sligo County Board. He takes over from Kevin Walsh after he left the position after a disappointing 2013 season for the county. Pat Flanagan is a former Westmeath manager and he has been given a one year contract.
GAA President Liam Ó Néill and the President of GAA Rounders Association Joe O'Donoghue unveiled their plans for the development of the game over the next three years. The plan involves growing the numbers of teams around the country and bring the game fully under the umbrella of GAA Codes. It is hoped that the number of teams playing the game will increase from 21 to 35 and the number of players will increase from 600 to 2000 by 2016.