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Sky Sports on-screen line-up for its GAA coverage: Presenters Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney, with Hurling analyst Jamesie O'Connor and Football analyst Peter Canavan

Sky Sports on-screen line-up for its GAA coverage: Presenters Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney, with Hurling analyst Jamesie O'Connor and Football analyst Peter Canavan

Sky Sports on-screen line-up for its GAA coverage: Presenters Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney, with Hurling analyst Jamesie O'Connor and Football analyst Peter Canavan

SKY SPORTS are to offer subscriptions to GAA clubs at a 30pc discount as they prepare to air their first game on Saturday night, WRITES Donnchadh Boyle.

The British broadcaster has offered the deal in the wake of controversy that surrounded the awarding of championship matches to a subscription-based channel for the first time in the history of the GAA.

The discount is open to all clubs on the island of Ireland and while the move is likely to be welcomed, subscriptions for outfits with less than 1,000 members will still work out at €275.80 per month, while bigger clubs will pay €394 per month.

The broadcaster will take its eagerly anticipated first steps into the GAA world this weekend as Kilkenny battle it out with Offaly at Nowlan Park in the Leinster SHC, which will be live on Sky Sports 3 with coverage starting half an hour before the 7.0 throw-in.

The clash represents the first of the 14 exclusive games and six simulcast matches that they have won as part of the historic announcement earlier this year. The broadcasting giant will also carry a midweek highlights programme as part of its package, all of which will be broadcast across Ireland and Britain.

CONROY BACK IN FRAME FOR GALWAY CLASH WITH SLIGO

GALWAY football has been handed a boost with the news that captain Paul Conroy is set to be fit for Saturday week's Connacht semi-final clash with Sligo.

The St James' man missed the win over London after picking up a hairline fracture in his foot, but expects to be given the all clear to play in the Markievicz Park tie when he sees a specialist tomorrow.

"It happened in a training session, one of the lads was tackling me and he slipped in," said the 25- year-old. "It was a freak accident. He hit the metatarsal in the foot. Please God I will be back for the Connacht semi-final against Sligo.

"A break is usually four to six weeks and I'll have six weeks done next week."

LENNON LOSES OUT IN LOUTH RESHUFFLE

Midfielder Brian Donnelly has been recalled to the Louth team to play Kildare in Sunday's Leinster quarter-final in Croke Park. Donnelly was a substitute in the win over Westmeath but partners Paddy Keenan at midfield.

Patrick Reilly is also included but there is no place for experienced full-forward Shane Lennon, who loses out in a reshuffle. Gary O'Hare is also excluded.

Meanwhile, Monaghan All Star Conor McManus looks set to feature against Tyrone in next week's Ulster quarter-final after a more upbeat assessment on his damaged ankle yesterday.

McManus will not now need surgery to help repair the ligament damage he sustained in a club match in early May. He is expected to resume training next week but there will be inevitable concerns over his fitness after a five week lay off.

Louth (SF v Kildare) – N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, J O'Brien; P Reilly, D Crilly, A Reid; P Keenan, B Donnelly; A McDonnell, B White, D Maguire; D Byrne, C Grimes, M Fanning.


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