GAA and RTE team up as Gaelic games go around the world
THE GAA and RTE are best of friends again following the Sky deal, as they launched a new streaming service to bring Gaelic games worldwide.
The broadcaster yesterday described their relationship as "absolutely key" and the sports body added that "no external relationship is more important".
The public pledges of mutual friendship were given at the launch of GAAGO – a new subscription-based service that will bring the games to a worldwide audience, allowing the diaspora to revel in the championship season.
As well as answering the prayers of Irish emigrants, it is also expected to open up a whole new audience for GAA games.
Padraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, placed special emphasis on the body's links with RTE at the launch.
He said: "No external relationship is more important," adding that they appreciated the work done by RTE for Gaelic games.
Without specifically mentioning the Sky deal, Mr Duffy said that like all relationships, they "fall out from time to time" but said he wanted to emphasise "how important that relationship is" and how it would develop in years to come.
The sentiment was echoed by Noel Curran, Director General of RTE, who said he had always placed "huge importance" on RTE's relationship with the GAA.
"It's absolutely key for us on so many levels," he said.
The subscription-based service will be available to Gaelic games enthusiasts everywhere in the world outside of the island of Ireland – including all the games broadcast here exclusively by Sky.
A GAA spokesperson ex- plained that this was possible because "Sky does not have a worldwide reach".
However, the Sky games will not be available to viewers in Britain, and can only be shown on television by Sky.
The price for a worldwide GAAGO 'Season Pass' is €110 while in Great Britain, the GB Pass will be €60.
A pay-per-game option will be available for €10, however it will rise to €14 for the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the championship.