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'Ireland’s Greatest Sportsperson' among the sporting highlights of RTÉ's upcoming schdedule

In addition, ‘Prayers of the Faithful’ looks at the memorable 1982 success of the Offaly footballers.

Des Cahill will present the RTE show.
Des Cahill will present the RTE show.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

A SERIES SEEKING to determine Ireland’s greatest sportsperson is among the sporting highlights for the new season on RTÉ.

‘Ireland’s Greatest Sportsperson,’ presented by Des Cahill and Evanne Ní Chuilinn, will aim to identify the country’s top athlete from the 1960s to the 2000s, with a similar format expected to last year’s programme, ‘Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment’.

In addition, ’1982: Prayers of the Faithful’ is described in the broadcaster’s release as “the story of when the most unfancied team to ever win an All-Ireland football title – Offaly – beat a Kerry team considered to be the greatest in GAA history. A team that came from nowhere to upset the odds when Seamus Darby scored the most famous goal in GAA history to send shockwaves through Irish sport.”

And on the morning of the All-Ireland hurling final, ‘The Dressing Room’ will serve as a preview of the big match live from the Croke Park Hotel.

Jacqui Hurley and Darren Frehill have been announced as the programme’s presenters, with panellists John Mullane, Shane McGrath, Tomas Mulcahy and Anthony Daly joining them.

‘Philly McMahon – The Hardest Hit,’ featuring the accomplished Dublin footballer, is described as a show that “explores the underbelly of illicit drug use in Ireland and makes the case for decriminalisation in Ireland”.

Once again, Darragh Maloney will present The RTÉ Sport Awards, while the following events have also been confirmed to be shown.

  • Guinness Series – Irish men’s Rugby team take on Argentina, New Zealand and the USA at the Aviva Stadium in November
  • Women’s 6 Nations, begins February
  • The All-Ireland Hurling Final, August 19
  • The All-Ireland Camogie Final, August 26
  • The All-Ireland Football Final, September 2
  • The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers from March 2019
  • UEFA Champions League Live moves to Tuesday nights
  • FAI Cup Finals Day, November 4
  • World Rowing Championships from Bulgaria (9-16 September)
  • Christmas Racing from Leopardstown (26-29 December)

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