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All-Ireland hurling final narrowly wins the ratings battle with Dublin-Mayo replay

Published 07/09/2015 | 15:24

Kilkenny players lift captain Joey Holden and the Liam McCarthy Cup in celebration
Kilkenny players lift captain Joey Holden and the Liam McCarthy Cup in celebration

It was one of the biggest sporting weekends of 2015 and huge numbers tuned in to catch the action with our national broadcaster.

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RTE's Head of Sport Ryle Nugent revealed the viewership figures for the Republic of Ireland's comprehensive win over Gibraltar on Friday night, Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay between Dublin and Mayo and Kilkenny's 36th All-Ireland triumph.

The soccer, unsurprisingly, was last of the trio bringing in an average of 333,000 viewers and a peak of 438,000.

It was a much closer affair between the gaelic games on offer over the weekend.

There was an average audience of 678,000 and a peak of 903,000 for the football and an average of 740,000 and a peak of 919,000 for the hurling.

When you include the 160,000 fans who were in Croke Park over the weekend, the figure easily passes the one million mark.

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