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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 28, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Tiocfaidh ár liathróid!

    Pól Ó Muirí

    I had been a bit worried that no one would hang around to watch the Cork-Mayo game on Sunday. There seemed to be a very steady stream of Armagh/Down supporters leaving after the Division 2 final and, as there were just over 25,000 people present if memory serves me right, there was a chance Croker could be fairly empty. However, I should not have been too concerned. According to official viewing figures just released by TG4, 500,000 people were watching the games on the Irish-language station on Sunday. The peak viewing figure for the Cork-Mayo ‘game’ (sorry couldn’t resist the ‘’) was 280,000 people and the mean figure was 220,000 which is up 20,000 on last year. TG4 had an audience share of 27 per cent for the Division 1 final which, says the station, meant it was the most-watched channel in Ireland during the game. In total, 650,000 people watched at least some of the football football finals last weekend. That’s some result for the Conamara-based station. Tiocfaidh ár liathróid!

    • RL says:

      I always worry a little when I see TG4 judged purely in terms of their viewership figures, given the important public service they provide, and the generally excellent quality of programming.

    • Colm Mac Séalaigh says:

      Léiríonn na figiúirí go bhfuil suim an-mhór ag muintir na hÉireann sna cluichí Gaelacha, go bhfuil TG4 in ann freastal ar an spéis sin agus, níos tabhachtaí ná sin, go bhfuil cumas éigin Gaeilge ag níos mó daoine ná mar a shíltear go minic.


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