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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Sky Sports sets up its own GAA Twitter account

Published 07/05/2014 | 14:02

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SKY Sports has set up its own GAA Twitter account as the station starts to ramp up its coverage ahead of broadcasting its first match next month.

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The station will start its coverage of the Championship on June 7 with the match between Kilkenny and Offaly.

The Twitter feed calls itself the "official Sky Sports account for GAA sports".

The account went live today.

Last month Sky Sports won the rights to broadcast 14 games in the forthcoming Championship season, including two All-Ireland football quarter-finals involving the Leinster and Ulster champions.

Earlier today it was reported that former Dubs and Republic of Ireland star Niall Quinn is set to be announced as the face of the station's GAA coverage this summer.

Sky have been looking for someone with a profile to host their GAA and Quinn is said to be the frontrunner for the role. 

The Republic of Ireland centre forward famously represented Dublin minors in hurling before he made the move to professional soccer.

Quinn had a lengthy professional soccer career in England, playing for Arsenal, Manchester City and enjoying a spell as player, manager and chairman of Sunderland.

Quinn has been a regular pundit on Sky Sports since his retirement  in 2003.   

He also played football for Co Kildare club Eadestown after his retirement from professional football and won a junior county title in 2008.

Irish Independent columnist and Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse is also being tipped with a role on the coverage.

Last month Sky Sports won the rights to broadcast 14 games in the forthcoming Championship season, including two All-Ireland football quarter-finals involving the Leinster and Ulster champions.

The station will start its coverage of the Championship on June 7 with the match between Kilkenny and Offaly.

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