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RTE reveals championship schedule

08 May 2010

RTE will televise up to 40 live championship games this summer, beginning with tomorrow week's Ulster SFC and Munster SFC first round clashes involving Derry and Armagh, and Kerry and Tipperary.

The state broadcaster is promising over 140 hours of live television coverage along with new and extended programming on Radio 1 and online. RTE's summer schedule includes a massive double-header of Leinster football and Munster hurling final action on July 11, as well as the All-Ireland football and hurling semi-finals and finals.

The Sunday Game returns to screens next Sunday with Michael Lyster and Des Cahill hosting the afternoon and evening programmes respectively. Pat Spillane, Joe Brolly, Colm O'Rourke, Cyril Farrell, Ger Loughnane and Paul Flynn will once again provide analysis and will also feature in a series of special webcasts throughout the season in the new Sunday Game Extra. The Sunday Game will also have special guest panellists each week with former Kerry star Darragh O Sé joining the team on the opening weekend. 

The legendary voice of Micheál O Muircheartaigh, entering his eighth decade as a GAA commentator, leads the live commentary team which includes Brian Carthy, Adrian Eames, Marty Morrissey, Ger Canning, Darragh Maloney, Pauric Lodge and Darren Frehill. 

Glen Killane, Group Head of Sport, RTé said: "As the national public service broadcaster RTé has a proud heritage of broadcasting GAA. Our focus has always been on providing the Irish public with the best possible quality coverage of our national games and each and every year we pull out all the stops to ensure that we continue to deliver. 

"This year is no exception, and it's with genuine enthusiasm and a shared love of GAA with our audience, that we look forward to bringing them, quality programming across all of our platforms, capturing the magic and excitement of the Championship that defines the summer for GAA fans. This year, we're also even more focused on sharing that experience with our audience and will have extended interactive shows on tv, online and on radio". 

For the summer months, Radio One's Sport at Seven Extra will be extended to an hour each weekday. 

Each Monday throughout the Championship, Des Cahill and Pat Spillane will review and debate all of the weekend's action, while Michael Lyster will preview the weekend's action every Friday and Damien O'Meara will take to the chair from Tuesday to Thursday. 

Des Cahill and Joanne Cantwell will present Saturday Sport each week from 2.00pm, while Con Murphy and Jacqui Hurley will anchor Sunday Sport from major grounds all over the country each Sunday from 2pm. 

Take Your Point returns to the airwaves on 6 June at 6.00pm. The programme will be produced independently in July and August as part of RTé Radio's first formal commissioning of independent radio productions. 

From Friday 5 June, Brian Carthy's weekly programme The Championship will return at 10.00pm. 

RTé 2010 Live Fixtures

May 16: Derry v Armagh, 2pm; Kerry v Tipperary, 4pm
May 23: Meath v Offaly, 2pm; Antrim v Tyrone, 4pm 
May 29: Galway v Wexford, 7pm (H) 
May 30: Donegal v Down, 2pm; Cork v Tipperary, 4pm
June 5: Sligo v Mayo, 5pm; Louth/Longford v Kildare, 7pm 
June 6: Monaghan v Derry/Armagh, 2pm; Kerry/Tipperary v Cork, 4pm 
June 7: Waterford v Clare, 3pm 
June 12: Cavan v Fermanagh, 5.15pm 
June 13: Meath/Offaly v Laois, 2pm 
June 19: Antrim/Tyrone v Donegal/Down, 5.15pm 
June 29: All-Ireland Qualifier, 4pm 
July 4: Leinster SHC final, 4pm 
July 10: All-Ireland Qualifiers 
July 11: Leinster SFC final, 2pm; Munster SHC final, 4pm 
July 17: All-Ireland Qualifiers 
July 18: Ulster SFC final, 2pm 
July 24: All-Ireland Qualifiers 
July 25: All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals 
July 31, Aug 1, 2: All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals 
Aug 8: All-Ireland SHC semi-final 
Aug 15: All-Ireland SHC semi-final 
Aug 22: All-Ireland SFC semi-final 
Aug 29: All-Ireland SFC semi-final 
Sept 5: All-Ireland SHC final 
Sept 19: All-Ireland SFC final

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