Tasty Thomond derby to kick off RTE's live
Published 19/02/2013 | 04:00
LIMERICK will begin life in Thomond Park on a Sunday evening after RTE selected their Munster derby with Cork City to kick off live coverage of the new League of Ireland season.
The Shannonsiders had been originally pencilled in for a Friday, March 8 date with Cork, but the game has been moved to Sunday, March 10 with a 5.15 kick-off.
RTE are unable to show a game on the Friday night as they are committed to the Ireland U-20s' clash with France ahead of the Six Nations meeting between the countries 24 hours later.
The new date is likely to hit Limerick's hopes of attracting a big crowd to their first league match at Thomond. The Premier League meeting of Liverpool and Tottenham is live that day, as is the Six Nations encounter between England and Italy, while it's a busy weekend of GAA action.
Limerick manager Stuart Taylor continued his recruitment yesterday by capturing Scottish winger Danny Galbraith, who signed a two-year deal after parting company with Pat Fenlon's Hibernian.
Shamrock Rovers' second and third games of the season will be shown live by RTE. The Hoops host St Patrick's Athletic on Friday, March 15 with a 7.35 kick-off, while their trip to Shelbourne the following weekend has been moved to Sunday, March 24 with a 3.55 start.
Meanwhile, Birmingham manager Lee Clark believes that Keith Fahey will be ready to return to first-team action next month after the Dubliner returned to training with the club after a lengthy spell in Dublin on compassionate leave.
Fahey had been training with Shamrock Rovers to build up his fitness, but it is debatable if he will be match-fit in time to be considered for Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month.