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

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

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

The Dublin SHC clash of Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda's on Sunday, July 19 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 since March.

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

On Sunday, July 19, 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 Ballyboden 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 Competitions Control Committee (CCC) has 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 TG4 or RTÉ, who have secondary rights on club games.

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

The stated Government position is to increase this capacity limitation to 500 from July 20.

County boards across the country have been investigating the possibility of streaming matches.

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

There would, however, be 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.

Irish Independent