RTÉ Set to Remain the Home of Free-To-Air Sport in Ireland

We're bringing the nation together to support our teams at home and abroad. From the Rugby World Cup in Japan, to grassroots level with the AIB GAA Club Championships, to Women’s 6 Nations to the World Rowing Championships, we are bringing audiences closer to the action.

This autumn, live GAA coverage continues on RTÉ Sport and will help fans ease into the short evenings with the All Ireland Football and All-Ireland Camogie finals, followed in September by live coverage of the AIB All Ireland Club Championships - for the first time, ensuring GAA is delivered all year round. The GAA All-Star Awards brings a glittering close to 2019 Championships, live from the Convention Centre in Dublin.

RTÉ Sport will be the home of the Irish team for the Rugby World Cup with new signings Jamie Heaslip, Donncha O’Callaghan and Michael Lynagh adding to its stellar Rugby World Cup panel as Six Nations winning captain Fiona Coughlan joins the commentary team.

As a curtain-raiser to the Rugby World Cup, Ireland face Wales at the Aviva Stadium in the Guinness Summer Series live and Ireland’s campaign in the 2020 Women’s Six Nations will also be live on RTÉ in the Spring. Both men’s and women’s Euro qualifiers feature heavily in live soccer this autumn. For the first time, RTÉ brings live coverage of the Republic of Ireland women's campaign to qualify for their first ever major tournament, in 2021.

There’s sure to be plenty of Irish interest in the World Rowing Championships, with two days of live action from Austria at the end of August, and all eyes will be on Sanita Puspure as she looks to add to her sensational gold medal from last year.

In the UEFA European Championship 2021 qualifiers, the Republic of Ireland will face Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday 3 September and Ukraine on Tuesday 8 October.

The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Men’s European Qualifiers for Euro 2020 against Switzerland (Thursday 5 September), Georgia (Saturday 12 October), Switzerland (Tuesday 15 October) and Denmark (Monday 18 November) are also live on RTÉ2.

The UEFA Champions League group stages return in September, plus the climax of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title race and both Men’s and Women’s FAI Cup Finals from the Aviva Stadium.

RTÉ will host the Irish women's hockey team's Olympic qualifiers live from Dublin in November, provide live coverage of the European Cross-Country Championships and, for the first time, bring you live coverage of the European short-course swimming championships from Glasgow.

Live Racing continues with Champions Weekend in September, the Fairyhouse Winter Festival in December and the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

The RTÉ Sport Awards on the 14th of December will mark the achievements of Ireland’s sporting men and women in 2019 with a live show on RTÉ One.

The Geansaí returns with a new three-part series focusing on Ireland’s sporting communities and their stories - ár gCluichí, ár bPaisean, ár Scéalta.


For more information on any of the above programmes contact us at mediasales@rte.ie.