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Here's who'll be talking you all the way through Euro 2016 on Irish TV

Giles, Dunphy, Souness, Lennon and some fresh voices too.

‘TIS WELL FOR some, but shur listen: we can’t all be going to France to see the Boys in Green this summer.

For those of us passing up a grand tour from Bordeaux to Lille, there is at least the reassuring glow of Irish television, where TV3 and RTÉ will be trading round-by-round blows in a bid to tempt you into dial their digits when they both host the final on 10 July.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect to dominate the most important corner of your living room this summer.

TV3

Keith Andrews Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The marvellous hair of Keith Andrews and the robust philosophical teachings of Joey Barton are the most notable additions to Team Ballymount. The two are the most recently capped of the pundits on TV3, joining archetypal no-nonsensers Graeme Souness, Neil Lennon and Kevin Kilbane.

On top of that quintet, Ireland women’s captain Emma Byrne will make appearances on the panel, as will the returning Harry Redknapp, while the vocal talents of Lawrie Sanchez and Gerry Armstrong will bring them up to three ex-Northern Ireland internationals. Armstrong, of course, will also be put to good use when the station broadcasts all three of Spain’s group fixtures.

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Kirsteen O’Sullivan will also make a return to the channel’s sports coverage when she co-hosts ‘Extra Time’ on Thursday nights alongside Newstalk’s Joe Molloy. As you can no doubt tell from the above photoshoot, the show will be aiming to inject some comedy into the tournament.

RTÉ

We’re counting down the end of an era at Montrose, the end of the John ‘Senior Analyst’ Giles era.

That’s right, ‘honesty of effort’ levels will drop sharply after Gilesy gives his view on this year’s final and we’ll no longer be treated to his comparisons between modern day players and Billy Bremner.

Damien Duff Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Darragh Moloney and Peter Collins will anchor the national broadcaster’s coverage with Damien Duff coming on board to analyse matches that don’t involve Ireland.

Liam Brady, Richie Sadlier and Didi Hamann are all back in the fold. And then, of course, there’s Eamo. After Martin O’Neill’s withering assessment of his career, he’s sure be stock-piling barbs to launch at O’Neill for the full duration of the tournament.

On the ground in France, RTÉ will have another man whose familiarity has bred a bit of contempt from the Ireland manager. Tony O’Donoghue will be joined by Dave Kelly and Daire O’Brien in and around the Irish camp.

Martin O'Neill Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

On commentary, George Hamilton, Stephen Alkin and John Kenny will be joined by Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan, Brian Kerr or Jim Beglin as their second-chair man.

Jacqui Hurley and Aidan Power will present the nightly highlights show. That will feature former prolific Irish international Clinton Morrison, ‘at this particular moment in time’ generator Kenny Cunningham and women’s internationals Stephanie Roche and Niamh Fahey.

Who will you be watching?

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