Sky Sports has revealed the on-screen line-up for its coverage of this year’s GAA Gaelic football and hurling championships.
The presenting team, which features GAA legends Peter Canavan and Jamesie O’Connor, boasts over four decades of television experience.
On the pitch, the team has amassed both footballer and hurler of the year awards, 17 All Stars and six All-Ireland titles across both codes.
Sky Sports’ coverage will be fronted by Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News and former Ireland rugby international Brian Carney, who is a regular presenter and analyst on Sky Sports’ rugby league coverage.
In hurling, lead analyst Jamsie O’Connor will be joined by co-commentator Nicky English both of whom are former hurlers of the year and Munster and All-Ireland winners.
Tyrone legend Peter Canavan is the lead analyst in football and he will be joined by commentator and 1985 All Star Paul Earley, while Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty will commentate on both sports.
Rachel Wyse said: “Having worked at Sky Sports for the last four years I’m delighted to be a part of this new venture with Sky and the GAA and also work alongside the team of experts we’ve lined up.
“Over the years I’ve presented on a number of different shows on Sky Sports but I’m particularly excited to showcase the talent of GAA players both to those who know the game and to a new audience, with the technology Sky is renowned for.”
Jamesie O’Connor, lead analyst on hurling said: “I see it as both a challenge and an opportunity to bring what Sky Sports does best in so many other sports, to the GAA.
“I’m delighted to be involved and am sure that everyone on the team is looking forward to rising to that challenge.”
Peter Canavan, lead analyst for football said: “I can’t wait for our coverage of this year’s Gaelic Football championship to get underway.
“The resources at our disposal to analyse the games are second to none and I’m really looking forward to working with the team and bringing GAA supporters such a high level of insight.”
Director of production at Sky Sports Steve Smith said: “This is the team that’s going to entertain, inform and bring to life Sky Sports’ GAA coverage.
“They’ve got the knowledge and expertise to help take viewers closer to GAA as part of our unrivalled summer schedule of sport.”
From this year, Sky Sports will show weekly live coverage from the All-Ireland football and hurling championships to its audiences in UK and Ireland for the first time.
Sky Sports’ live GAA schedule comprises of 20 games a season and includes the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals, sharing coverage with RTE and TG4 in Ireland and BBC NI and Premier Sports in the UK, which was confirmed in a controversial deal signed earlier this year.
GAA coverage will be available across all Sky Sports platforms including TV, online and mobile with Sky Go, Sky Sports News and skysports.com.
Sky Sports’ GAA coverage commences on June 7 at Nowlan Park for the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final bewteen Kilkenny and Offaly.
GAA fans with a Sky Sports subscription can watch live on TV, online and on mobile and tablet devices via Sky Go or the award-winning Sky Sports for iPad app, which are both free for subscribers to download at no extra cost.
Non-subscribers can also watch these games on TV and a variety of mobile devices by purchasing a £9.99 Sky Sports day pass via Now TV.