Ciara Kenny

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Has the GAA lived up to its promise to the Irish abroad?

Emigrants will be able to watch GAA matches online after new television deal

Could paying into pubs abroad to watch GAA matches be a thing of the past for emigrants?

Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 17:50


The GAA has just announced a new television deal for the coming three years, which appears to be good news for Irish emigrants living abroad. Sky Sports will provide exclusive access to 20 GAA matches a season in the UK, and 45 championship matches will be shown free-to-air in Australia.

More importantly for those who do not want to go to a bar or buy an expensive Sky Sports subscription, GAA matches will also be available on the internet, in a joint venture between the GAA and RTÉ Digital.

Last year the GAA director-general Páraic Duffy said he was “absolutely determined” to ensure championship and big National League games were more readily available to the Irish diaspora. Has he lived up to his promise? Let us know your thoughts on the new deal in the comments section below.