Sky Sports announces 2018 GAA coverage plans

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Sky Sports has revealed its coverage plans for a summer of spectacular GAA action with 20 matches set to be broadcast live.

The pay-TV channel’s exclusive coverage gets underway with a bumper double-header on 2 June when 2017 All Ireland Hurling Champions Galway travel to Wexford Park for the fourth round of the Leinster Hurling Championship, as they go in search of their first back-to-back All-Ireland title in 30 years.

Cork take on old rivals Limerick in what is bound to be a hotly contested fixture in round three of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

This year will once again see insight and analysis across both GAA codes, with coverage again hosted by Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney.

Experts include 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 9 June  when hurling fans will be treated to a top-class Leinster Hurling Championship doubleheader 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 19 August and 2 September respectively.

Before the action gets underway though, the Championship Review Show will return to Sky Sports on Wednesday, 16 May  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.

GAA fans have two ways to watch the action on Sky Sports this season via a sports subscription with Sky or TV streaming service NOW TV.

Sky Sports will broadcast 20 live GAA fixtures, including 14 exclusively live, in both football and hurling right through the Championship season. GAA matches will also be broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland and Premier Sports.

Full details of the confirmed live fixtures can be found below. For the latest GAA news and video, visit the official Sky Sports website – skysports.com/gaa.

SATURDAY 2nd JUNE

Wexford v Galway
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

17:00

Cork v Limerick
Munster Senior Hurling Championship

19:00

SATURDAY 9th JUNE

Galway v Dublin
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

19:00

Kilkenny v Wexford
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

19:00

SATURDAY 23rd JUNE

Match TBC
GAA Football Round 2 Qualifier

17:00

SATURDAY 30th JUNE

Match TBC
GAA Football Round 3 Qualifier

17:00

Match TBC
GAA Football Round 3 Qualifier

19:00

SATURDAY 7th JULY

Match TBC
GAA Football Round 4 Qualifier

17:00

Match TBC
GAA Football Round 4 Qualifier

19:00

SATURDAY 14th JULY

Match TBC
All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final: R1

17:00

SATURDAY 21st JULY

Match TBC
All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final: R2

17:00

Match TBC
All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final: R2

19:00

SATURDAY 28th JULY

Match TBC
All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final

17:00

SUNDAY 29th JULY

Match TBC
All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final

15:30

SATURDAY 4th AUGUST

Match TBC
All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final: R3

19:00

Match TBC
All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final: R3

19:00

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST

Match TBC
All-Ireland Football Semi-Final

17:00

SUNDAY 12th AUGUST

Match TBC
All-Ireland Football Semi-Final

15:30

SUNDAY 19th AUGUST

Match TBC
All-Ireland Hurling Final

15:30

SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER

Match TBC
All-Ireland Football Final

15:30

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