The BBC will show live coverage of matches from Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Allianz Leagues for the first time this season.

The UK public service broadcaster will show one game live per weekend, starting this Saturday (29 January) with Down’s Division Two Gaelic football match against Derry.

Coverage will be available via the BBC iPlayer digital service and the BBC Sport NI website.

The first live hurling match will see Dublin face Antrim in Division One on February 12, and the BBC’s live coverage of the 2022 campaign will end with the Hurling Division Two clash between Down and Kerry on March 19. .

GAA President Larry McCarthy said: “We are pleased to announce an extension to our longstanding relationship with BBC Sport NI as part of our efforts to improve access to our games throughout the year.

“This new weekly slot, featuring live action from Allianz Football and the Hurling League, will enhance our offering to new and existing audiences at a time when our leagues have never been more popular.”

To complement the coverage, BBC Sport NI will also launch a new series of its dedicated podcast, ‘The GAA Social’, on the BBC Sounds platform on February 1.

The podcast, which will run for 30 weeks until the All-Ireland final, will feature some of GAA’s most famous names along with the latest news, talking points and debates.

BBC Sport NI Editor Neil Brittain added, “We know how important leagues are to GAA audiences and are delighted to bring live football and hurling to BBC iPlayer for the first time.

“We are also delighted to extend our broadcast partnership with Croke Park and look forward to giving GAA an even bigger platform on BBC NI.

“The GAA Social podcast on BBC Sounds was hugely popular last year, sparking great debate around the game and we’ve doubled the length of its run until the end of the All-Ireland series.”

For fans unable to access the BBC iPlayer or website, the games will also be available on the GAAGO subscription service on the island of Ireland and internationally. GAAGO is an IPTV service jointly owned by GAA and Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

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