Thursday 12 December 2019

Emigrants will be able to watch GAA championship over web

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Irish emigrants pining for the championship have been handed a lifeline which will allow anyone in Mongolia to Australia to watch GAA games live this summer.

RTE and the GAA today launched GAAGO - a new subscription-baed streaming service which will bring the games to a worldwide audience.

As well as answering the prayers of emigrants, it is also expected to open up a whole new audience for those watching GAA games for the first time.

Padraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA placed special and deliberate emphasis on their special links with RTE, following the Sky debacle, describing their relationship as the 'most important' one they have.

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.

"GAAGO gives us the opportunity to expand on that relationship," he added.

The subscription-based service will be available to gaelic games enthusiasts everywhere in the world outside of the island of Ireland - including the games broadcast here exclusively by Sky.

A GAA spokesperson explained that this was possible because "Sky does not have a worldwide reach." 

The price for a worldwide GAAGO 'Season Pass' is €110 while in Great Britain, the GB Pass will be €60 - though the games broadcast by Sky will not be available and can only be shown by Sky.

A Pay-per-game option will also be available for €10 however it will rise to €14 for the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the Championship.

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