Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi with his teammate Luis Suarez.

Premier Sports, the pay TV broadcaster founded by Irish businessman Mickey O’Rourke, has secured the UK and Ireland rights to show every match from Sp(...)

 Pro14 rugby: a good example of a rights-holder that has set up an effective formula in Ireland, where the pay-TV option on Eir Sport is blended with TG4’s free-to-air access. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

When the men’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) whirs into action in Japan next month, it will mark a pivotal moment for Eir Sport. Will it be a crowning triump(...)

Sky Sports had the rights to Liverpool’s Friday night clash against Norwich City, but many more fixtures are only on BT Sport or Premier Sports. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

A lot has happened since 2016, when Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway defended Virgin’s move to drop the Eir Sport pack of channels by (...)

  Munster’s Alby Mathewson in action. A third of men – and 43 per cent of men aged 25-34 – are subscribers to sports channels, research has found. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One in four Irish people have subscribed to a paid TV sports channel package in the last 12 months, while 10 per cent have purchased pay-per-view acce(...)

Irishman Mickey O’Rourke pictured at his studio base in Dublin. His company Premier Sports has netted significant rights to show live Scottish cup football in the past week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The State must pay almost €21 million to more than 1,200 people who made claims against the now defunct Setanta Insurance, the High Court ordered on M(...)

Mickey O’Rourke’s Premier Sports will have the rights to show 33 live Saturday afternoon games.  Photograph: PA Wire

Dublin businessman Mickey O’Rourke has secured the Irish rights to broadcast 53 live English Premier League matches per season for a three-year period(...)

Camile Thai restaurant on Pearse Street, Dublin. Its owner Brody Sweeney is expanding into the UK market. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cast your mind back a decade ago, to the tail end of the wretched Celtic Tiger. Although hell was around the corner, nobody knew it yet. The boom was (...)

Frank Gleeson: embroiled in legal action with EMI-MR, a company linked to his US-based co-investors in Mercantile, Michael Breslin and Maurice Regan

Whelan’s publican Frank Gleeson is expected on Monday to try and widen his dispute with his co-investors in the Mercantile group by accusing them of “(...)

Former Aer Lingus chief executive Colm Barrington is to join the board of the Nordic airline Finnair. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brexit is already affecting the Irish business landscape, according to the Sunday Business Post. The paper reports that insolvencies rose by 13 per ce(...)

Former Ireland captian Brian O’Driscoll at the launch of Eir Sport: the company also secured the rights to the under-20s championship and the woman’s World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“We’re setting sport free” was the tagline Eir Sport – Setanta reborn – delivered before informing the Irish public they have locked up the 2019 Rugby(...)

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