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Crokes v Boden one of the first in a feast of televised club games


DUBLIN DECIDER 2018: Ballyboden had victory over Crokes. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

DUBLIN DECIDER 2018: Ballyboden had victory over Crokes. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

DUBLIN DECIDER 2018: Ballyboden had victory over Crokes. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

The Dublin SHC clash of Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda's - on Sunday, July 19th - will be among the first batch of club championship matches screened live by TG4.

The Irish language channel is understood to be finalising a bumper package of GAA action over the first weekend of live football and hurling action since March.

It is expected that TG4 will broadcast at least one Wexford SHC fixture on Friday, July 17th, the day the moratorium on competitive fixtures is lifted.

On Sunday, July 19th, they'll show the meeting of 2018 Dublin senior hurling champions Ballyboden St Enda's and Kilmacud Crokes.

The Southside giants met in the '18 decider, when Boden prospered over the then Anthony Daly-managed Crokes after a replay.

That is the only match from the first two rounds of the Dublin SHC fixed for Parnell Park.

The county board's CCC have adopted a new format for 2020, whereby teams have one home game and one designated away game in the round-robin stages.

The same scheduling has been used for the Dublin SFC, limiting the potential for either of the first two games to be picked up by either TG4 or RTÉ, who have secondary rights on club games.

However, there are plans for RTÉ to show at least one of the round 3 group games from the Dublin SFC, the venues for which have yet to be decided.

Under the current rights agreement, TG4 reserve the first two GAA picks of any weekend.

County boards receive a payment of €5,000 for a live match and €2,500 for deferred coverage.

The decision to screen Boden v Crokes will be a welcome one for Dublin hurling enthusiasts, given the limitations on spectators at games that weekend.

The first round of SHC fixtures are pencilled in for of July 18th/19th, at which point under current Covid-19 restrictions, outdoor gatherings up to 200 are allowed.


The stated government position is to increase this capacity limitation to 500 from July 20, which would cover all Dublin SFC fixtures and the rest of the hurling championship.

Already, the Dublin county board have investigated the possibility of streaming some of the matches.

Live streams, free-to-air and shown via Youtube, have attracted big viewerships for Dublin club games in recent seasons, although other county boards have charged for such a service in the past .

There would, however, be extra logistical issues and costs associated with streaming matches from venues other than Parnell Park.

GAA policy also prohibits live-streamed games at the same time as those being broadcast by the rights-holders.

The Dublin county board has also postponed renewals for their Parnell Park Pass scheme.

In a statement, published on the county board's website, they explained: "Due to the current restrictions on spectators and crowds attending GAA Fixtures, we have further postponed the renewal of Parnell Pass 2020.

"There have been positive developments in relation to sporting activities in recent weeks and we are continuing to closely monitor government and public health guidance.

"We will be in contact again when we receive further information and guidelines from the Government on spectators attending sporting events.