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eir sport will be the home of live GAA on Saturday nights under lights with live coverage of 15 games across the 2019 Allianz Leagues and Lidl Ladies National Football League.
In addition to the 13 games from the Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues, eir sport will broadcast two games from the Lidl Ladies National Football League beginning with a double-header on Saturday, 26 January.
Liam Sheedy has returned to the helm of the Tipperary hurlers and his first serious test in his second stint in charge will see the Premier County taking on Clare at Semple Stadium, live on eir sport 1, while James Horan's Mayo will face Roscommon on eir sport 2.
The following weekend, Saturday, 2 February, there is a double-header from Croke Park as the Dublin ladies takes on Donegal before their male counterparts go up against Galway with the reigning All-Ireland hurling champions Limerick at home to Tipperary.
The Dublin footballers are in action again on Saturday, 9 February when they travel to the Kingdom to face Kerry, the same night that Mayo host Cavan, while the hurlers from Cork and Clare meet on Saturday, 16 February.
There is another triple-header on Saturday, 23 February when both the ladies and men from Dublin take on Mayo and Ulster rivals Tyrone and Monaghan meet.
Mayo and Galway renew rivalry on Saturday, 2 March, the same night that Donegal play Armagh, while the final weekend of action will see Tyrone travel to Croke Park to face Dublin and Kerry host Mayo.
The coverage will be fronted by Marie Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, Anna Geary, Damian Lawlor and Conor Morris with commentary from Mike Finnerty and Liam Aherne, while they will be joined by Senan Connell, Billy Joe Padden, Marc Ó Sé, Michael Meehan, Marty Clarke and Aaron Kernan. Tommy Walsh, Eoin Kelly and Seamus Hickey make up the hurling analysts' team.
eir sports’ weekly highlights show Allianz Leagues Reloaded also returns on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.
“eir sport has been the home of Allianz Leagues coverage under lights since 2005 and we’re delighted to offer GAA fans more choice and content than anywhere else on Saturday nights. eir sport is the only place to see exclusive live coverage from the Allianz Leagues on Saturdays," eir sport Managing Director Susan Brady commented.
“We’re also delighted to have reached this agreement with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to broadcast two games from the Lidl Ladies National Football League this February. We began broadcasting games from the competition last year and the games were very popular amongst our viewers, so it was only natural we would look to show games again in 2019.”
Peter McKenna, the GAA’s Commercial & Stadium Director, added; “eir sport have been a great partner to the GAA and this will be our fifteenth season to show live coverage of the Allianz Leagues on Saturday nights. That has undoubtedly had a major impact on the popularity of the games under lights and has added to the sense of occasion around the matches. It’s great to see this long-term relationship continue and I look forward to the coverage.”
2019 Allianz Leagues fixtures:
Jan 26 Tipperary v Clare (H) eir sport 1
Jan 26 Mayo v Roscommon (F) eir sport 2
Feb 2nd Dublin v Donegal (LGFA) eir sport 1
Feb 2nd Dublin v Galway (F) eir sport 1
Feb 2nd Limerick v Tipperary (H)eir sport 2
Feb 9th Kerry v Dublin (F) eir sport 1
Feb 9th Mayo v Cavan (F) eir sport 2
Feb 16th Cork v Clare (H) eir sport 1
Feb 23rd Dublin v Mayo (LGFA) eir sport 1
Feb 23rd Dublin v Mayo (F) eir sport 1
Feb 23rd Tyrone v Monaghan (F) eir sport 2
Mar 2nd Mayo v Galway (F) eir sport 1
Mar 2nd Donegal v Armagh (F) eir sport 2
Mar 16th Dublin v Tyrone (F) TBC
Mar 16th Kerry v Mayo (F) TBC
eir sport will be the home of live GAA on Saturday nights under lights with live coverage of 15 games across the 2019 Allianz Leagues and Lidl Ladies National Football League. Subscribe here
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