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Sideline cut: Newstalk to take on RTÉ with live GAA championship coverage

Hurling and football fans will have to tune out the national broadcaster to catch certain games on the radio this summer.

Tipperary's Lar Corbett, Newstalk commentator Dave McIntyre and Kerry's Marc Ó'Sé in the hot seat..
Tipperary's Lar Corbett, Newstalk commentator Dave McIntyre and Kerry's Marc Ó'Sé in the hot seat..
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

WHEREVER LIAM OR Sam end up in September, there’s a new kid on the block this championship summer.

Newstalk 106 today announced their arrival on the All-Ireland scene at Croke Park.

The station will broadcast live from 21 games including the Ulster and Leinster football finals, the Leinster hurling final and two All-Ireland Football quarter-finals.

It’s the first time live game radio rights have been awarded outside Montrose.

Ger Gilroy, sports editor at the station said: “For the first time since the foundation of the state, alternative live national commentary will exist on Championship weekends.

“This is a humbling and exciting challenge for Newstalk. We are delighted to have been awarded these rights and the station’s success in winning them is testament to the multi award-winning Newstalk sports team.”

So who’s togged out? Well, Meath great Liam Hayes will be joined by the likes of Mayo star Liam McHale; former Down All-Ireland winner, Conor Deegan; Mayo’s David Brady and injured Kildare star, Dermot Earley.

The hurling action will be analysed by Derek Lyng (Kilkenny), Dáithí Regan (Offaly), Jamsie O’Connor (Clare) and Ollie Canning (Galway).

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