The eagerly awaited AIB All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate football finals in Croke Park this weekend; featuring two Kerry clubs; Templenoe and St. Mary’s, will be broadcast live for the first time ever on IRISH TV.
Synonymous with the Spillane family, Templenoe is a small rural club nestled between Kenmare and Sneem. The voyage to Croke Park to face Mayo champions Ardnaree has been impressive with convincing wins to date over Clare champions Coolmeen in their first ever Munster final and Curraha GAA club from Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final.
In the Intermediate decider on Saturday next, St. Mary’s, Caherciveen, are up against Hollymount-Carramore also from County Mayo. Managed by former Kerry great Maurice Fitzgerald St. Mary’s have tasted success before at GAA headquarters winning the All-Ireland Junior crown in 2011. Backboned by Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan on Saturday afternoon, St. Mary’s play an open and expansive game of attacking football.
The live broadcasts this weekend in association with Fexco on IRISH TV will include full live commentary, in-depth analysis from former Kerry legend Jack O’Shea and well known reporter Murt Murphy and all the action and drama from this prestigious club finals weekend at Croke Park.
Commenting ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Denis McCarthy, CEO of Fexco said, “Supporting our national games at the grassroots level is critical to their future success so we are absolutely thrilled to partner with IRISH TV in the broadcast of this weekend’s All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate football finals. It is also very fitting that Fexco, headquartered in Kerry, can support two of our own local clubs. I’d like to extend our congratulations to all four clubs for making it to the finals; we’re greatly looking forward to an exciting weekend of football.”
Commenting on the enormous weekend of live GAA club action on IRISH TV, Kerry native and commissioning editor with IRISH TV Brian Hurley spoke of the wonderful opportunity it was to showcase the real pride and passion of the GAA at grassroots to a global audience. “The backbone of the GAA is based around the small rural club and it is fitting that they are getting the TV exposure that they deserve this weekend. IRISH TV is rooted in club and community in every county and we are delighted and excited to be given this opportunity to showcase these extraordinary clubs in County Kerry.”
Both games will also be live online via the IRISH TV website, www.irishtv.ie/live
Ardnaree Sarsfields v Templenoe followed by Hollymount-Carramore v St. Mary’s, Caherciveen from 2:30pm on Saturday 6th February 2016 on IRISH TV
Irish TV can be viewed on Sky channel 191, all Free to Air boxes, Freesat 400, Eircom’s eVision 191 and online at www.irishtv.ie