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No shortage of options to share Galway’s glory bid

Anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to secure tickets to today’s All-Ireland senior football final, or who cannot travel to Dublin due to illness or otherwise, or anyone who didn’t get a free pass to the big screen at Fisheries Field in the city, has a number of options to watch or listen to the big match.

Galway Bay fm is the go-to for most local GAA fans and the station’s sports team is gearing up for a marathon two days of coverage.

Ronan Lardner hosts a build-up show live from Supermac’s on O’Connell Street in Dublin from 9am to midday today, which is aimed at supporters arriving early in the capital.

From 12 noon to 2pm, there will be interviews with fans outside the Croke Park hotel, and coverage from inside the stadium starts from 2pm.

On commentary is Head of Sport, Ollie Turner, with former Galway footballer and current city councillor Eddie Hoare on co-commentary.

Ollie agreed a lot of people who listen-in are bedbound or in nursing homes but this year, due to the earlier All-Ireland final than usual, he expects many listeners from abroad.

“An awful lot of people are gone on holidays. They might not be able to get to an Irish bar, wherever they might be. I’m sure they are kicking themselves, when they booked the holidays they probably didn’t think Galway would be in an All-Ireland football final at the end of July, but here we are! They’ll probably be baking, in 47 degrees on an island in Greece listening to the match on their phones,” he said.

Coverage continues after the game and win, lose or draw, Galway Bay fm will broadcast live from the team hotel. On Monday, the station will provide running commentary on the homecoming.

“Basically, once the team hits Ballinasloe we will be with them every step of the way, wherever the journey takes them,” said Ollie.

For anyone who prefers to listen in our native tongue, Conamara-based RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is planning its usual big match coverage with Galway man Ciarán Ó Fatharta on commentary and Kerry man Aodán Mac Gearailt on analysis, plus experts in studio.

On TV, Sky Sports Arena’s coverage starts at 2.30pm. Host Gráinne McElwain will be joined by Tyrone legend Peter Canavan, Kerry’s four-time All-Ireland winner and Armagh coach, Kieran Donaghy, and Donegal legend Jim McGuinness. Lead commentary is from Mike Finnerty and Paul Earley with Billy Joe Padden on the side line.

On the national broadcaster, coverage starts on RTÉ Two at 2pm with presenter Joanne Cantwell in the hot seat along with a host of analysts, including the controversial pundit Pat Spillane, who leaves his TV role this Sunday after 30 years on The Sunday Game.

TG4 will have deferred coverage of the game from 7.40pm.

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