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BBC Sport NI will broadcast GAA Allianz League matches live for the first time

GAA Allianz Leagues MATCHES will be broadcast live by the BBC for the first time this season.

One match each weekend will be shown on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport NI website from this Saturday (29 January) with Down’s Division Two football match against Derry at Owenbeg. Admission is at 6 p.m.

Football coverage continues with Galway visiting Newry in Division Two a week later before the focus shifts to hurling the following weekend. The first live hurling match will see Dublin take on Antrim at Corrigan Park in Division One on Saturday February 12.

Division One Football is presented for the first time on February 19 with Armagh playing against Monaghan at the Athletic Grounds. Down v Roscommon in Division Two is the match on February 26, while Armagh’s draw against Kildare is the streaming match on March 12.

The BBC’s live Championship coverage for 2022 ends with the Division Two Hurling tie between Down and Kerry on March 19.

As well as new live coverage, BBC Sport NI’s GAA podcast ‘The GAA Social’ returns to BBC Sounds on Tuesday 1 February. Oisín McConville and Thomas Niblock will meet the biggest names in sport every week, traveling from near and far, with no forbidden subject.

The podcast, which will run for 30 weeks until the All-Ireland final, will feature some of GAA’s most famous names as well as all the news, talking points and debates surrounding the 2022 season.

The GAA Social is available from Tuesday 1 February on BBC Sounds.

GAA Chairman Larry McCarthy said: “We are pleased to announce the extension of our long-standing 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.

“I welcome and look forward to coverage, not just on matchdays, but on various BBC platforms for supporters across the island.”

Neil Brittain, BBC Sport NI Editor, said: “We know how important leagues are to GAA audiences and we 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, causing great debate around the game and we’ve doubled the length of its run until the end of the All-Ireland series. We know it will continue to strengthen in 2022.”

GAA Social host and BBC GAA commentator Thomas Niblock said: “With live broadcasts of the leagues on BBC iPlayer and The GAA Social returning to BBC Sounds, we will be bringing great content to GAA fans on the BBC digital platforms.

“We’ve got a stellar 2022 planned for the podcast. Oisín and I have secured some of the biggest names in Gaelic games who will provide some real insights, all wrapped up with lots of craic along the way.”

Live matches on BBC iPlayer:

Saturday January 29 – Derry v Down (Division Two Football) 6pm
Saturday 5 February – Down v Galway (Division Two Football) 5pm
Saturday 12 February – Antrim v Dublin (Division One Hurling) 2pm
Saturday 19th February – Armagh v Monaghan (Division One Football) 5.30pm
Saturday 26 February – Down v Roscommon (Division Two Football) 5pm
Saturday 12 March – Armagh v Kildare (Division One Football) 6pm
Saturday March 19 – Down v Kerry (Division Two Hurling) 2pm