AIT Grand Prix and FAI Junior Cup on TG4 this weekend

The recent AIT International Grand Prix athletics meeting in Athlone will air on TG4 this coming Friday night, March 24th, at 7:30pm, while the FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals will go out on the same channel the following Sunday at 1:30pm.

Another full-house packed into the impressive indoor arena at Athlone Institute of Technology to witness the fourth running of Ireland’s premier indoor athletics event, featuring former world and Olympic sprint hurdles champion Sally Pearson, 800m World Championship silver-medallist Melissa Bishop, Morton Games winner and Olympic finalist Ryan Gregson, and one of the fastest women in the world this year over 60 metres, Christina Manning.

European Championship bronze-medallist from last summer, Ciara Mageean, ace sprinter Phil Healy, European Championship 4th-placer Paul Robinson and Euro Indoors veteran John Travers were the biggest Irish names competing.

Despite there being no live coverage on Irish television this year – it aired live in previous years on the now defunct IrishTV – the AIT Grand Prix still went out live in five European countries on Fox Sports TV, alongside a live stream, plus highlights in Ireland on eirSport, in the UK on Premier Sports, in the Netherlands and Italy on their respective Fox Sports channels, and in 25 countries across Africa on Fox Sports Africa.

Next Friday night’s broadcast marks a return to athletics coverage for TG4 after last airing the Irish Schools Track and Field in 2010, and is the first Irish Grand Prix meeting in twelve years to be broadcast on one of the “big four” terrestrial channels, after the 2005 Cork City Sports.


Mark Rodden interviewing D’Angelo Cherry during the 2017 AIT Grand Prix, airing on TG4 this Friday night

Commentary will come from the usual independent television athletics team of Will Downing, Jessie Barr and Dick Hooper, with reporting from Mark Rodden of Eurosport, who will also be fronting the FAI Junior Cup highlights programme on TG4 on Sunday March 26 at 1:30pm.

Coverage will consist of all four quarter-finals – Killarney Celtic v Janesboro, Peake Villa v Sheriff YC, Carrick United v Boyle Celtic and Evergreen v Kilmallock United.

Junior Cup Snow 2It was Killarney’s first quarter-final in 25 years, in a competition where no Kerry team has ever reached the semis.
Likewise, Evergreen had not played in a quarter-final since 1999, and it was Boyle Celtic’s first time reaching the final eight of Europe’s largest knockout soccer competition.

TV Times –

AIT Grand Prix athletics – Friday 24 March, 7:30pm (TG4)
FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals  – Sunday 26 March, 1:30pm (TG4)

FAI Junior Cup Roll of Honour

1923/24 Brideville FC Cobh Ramblers
1924/25 St.  Marys Utd Sligo Celtic
1925/26 Brunswick FC St. Vincents FC
1926/27 Richmond Utd Bohemians C FC
1927/28 Richmond Utd Cahir Unknowns
1928/29 Sligo Rovers Grangegorman
1929/30 Rossville FC Bohemians C FC
1930/31 Distillery FC Southern Rvs
1931/32 Clontarf Conths. Southern Rvs.
1932/33 Queens Park FC Southern Rvs.
1933/34 B & I FC Cobh Wnds.
1934/35 Athlone FC Evergreen FC
1935/36 Evergreen Utd Shelbourne FC
1936/37 Amiens Celtic St. Pats Dundalk
1937/38 Athlone FC Bendigo Utd
1938/39 Drumcondra Juns Killybegs FC
1939/40 Drumcondra Juns Drogheda Utd
1940/41 St. Patricks Ath. Galway Bohs.
1941/42 Distillery B FC Drogheda Utd
1942/43 Not Played
1943/44 Coastal Def. Cork Drogheda Utd
1944/45 Rockville FC Wembley Rvs.
1945/46 St. Pats CYMS Rathfarnham FC
1946/47 Hibs Waterford Iona CYMS
1947/48 St. Pauls FC Pike Rvs.
1948/49 Rathfarnham FC Caledonians FC
1949/50 Griffith Rvs Irish Raleigh
1950/51 Bray Wnds. Drogheda Utd.
1951/52 Rathfarnham FC Waterford Bohs
1952/53 Evergreen FC [Ck] Swilly Rovers
1953/54 Bray Wds. Ierne FC
1954/55 Home Farm FC Belgrove FC
1955/56 Grange Utd Waterford Bohs
1956/57 Belgrove FC Virginians FC
1957/58 Virginians FC Swilly Rvs.
1958/59 St. Saviours FC Glenmore Cel.
1959/60 Pearse Rgs. Hibs Waterford
1960/61 Valley Utd. Hibs Waterford
1961/62 Swilly Rvs. Castleview FC
1962/63 TEK Utd Blackrock Cork
1963/64 East Wall Utd Swilly Rvs.
1964/65 Fairview Rgs. Douglas FC
1965/66 East Wall Utd Everton Cork
1966/67 Swilly Rvs. Orchard Utd.
1967/68 Finn Harps FC Telephones Utd.
1968/69 St. Francis FC Talbot Utd
1969/70 Caledonians FC Tolka Rvs.
1970/71 Hoganville FC Caledonians FC
1971/72 Talbot Utd St. Marys Utd
1972/73 Tolka Rvs. St. Pats CYMS
1973/74 St. Michaels FC Tolka Rvs.
1974/75 Dunleary Celtic Arbour Utd
1975/76 Whitehall Utd Ballynanty Rvs.
1976/77 Dunleary Celtic Dingle Utd.
1977/78 Inchicore Ath Cherry Orchard
1978/79 St. Pats CYMS East Wall Utd.
1979/80 East Wall Utd Arbour Utd
1980/81 St. Teresa’s FC Belgrave FC
1981/82 Cherry Orchard Diamond Celtic
1982/83 St. Francis FC Ballynanty Rvs.
1983/84 Beggsboro FC Evergreen FC
1984/85 Cherry Orchard St. Kevins Boys
1985/86 Cherry Orchard Usher Celtic
1986/87 Cherry Orchard Temple Utd
1987/88 Usher Celtic Beggsboro FC
1988/89 Tolka Rovers Waterford Bohs
1989/90 Cherry Orchard Avenue Utd
1990/91 Cherry Orchard Donaghmede Clt
1991/92 Neilstown Rgs Rosemount FC
1992/93 Kinvara Boys St. Kevins Boys
1993/94 Clonmel Town New Ross Celtic
1994/95 Cherry Orchard Kilmore Utd
1995/96 Waterford Bohs Mungret Reg.
1996/97 Fairview Rgs. Portmarnock FC
1997/98 Fairview Rgs. Waterford Cry.
1998/99 Fairview Rgs. Ballymun Utd.
1999/00 Portmarnock FC St. Michaels FC
2000/01 Ballymun Utd St. Kevins Boys
2001/02 Fairview Rgs St. Michaels FC
2002/03 Fairview Rgs Portmarnock FC
2003/04 Fairview Rgs Carrick Utd
2004/05 Westport Utd Waterford Crystal 2-0
2005/06 Waterford Crystal Athenry United 1-0
2006/07 Killester United St. John Bosco 3-0
2007/08 Carrick Utd Killester Utd 2-1
2008/09 Ballymun Utd St. Peters Athlone 2-0
2009/10 Fairview Rangers St. Michaels (Tipp) 0-0 (5-3p)
2010/11 Pike Rovers St. Michaels (Tipp) 2-1
2011/12 Sheriff YC Kilbarrack Utd 3-1
2012/13 Sheriff YC Kilbarrack Utd 0-0 (pens)
2013/14 St. Michaels (Tipp) Ballynanty Rovers 4-0
2014/15 Liffey Wanderers Sheriff YC 2-1
2015/16 Sheriff YC Pike Rovers 1-0

Third round kick-off for 2017 FAI Junior Cup TV coverage

Irish Sports Network are back on the road this weekend for the third round of the FAI Junior Cup, for the most comprehensive coverage ever of Europe’s largest knockout soccer competition.

There are new programmes this season from rounds three to seven, in addition to the usual coverage from the quarter-finals.

Early-round action will be shown on Irish TV and EirSport.

The third round fixtures are as follows –

Paralympics Ireland 2016 athlete panel named

56 athletes have been named in the panel earmarked for the Irish squad for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ireland won 16 medals at London 2012 – eight of them gold.

Athletics: Jason Smyth (Derry), Michael McKillop (Antrim), Orla Barry (Cork), Niamh McCarthy (Cork), Deirdre Mongan (Galway), Noelle Lenihan (Cork), John McCarthy (Cork), Lorraine Regan (Offaly), Paul Keogan (Meath), Patrick Monahan (Kildare), Heather Jameson (Dublin).

Canoeing: Patrick O’Leary (Galway)

Cycling: Colin Lynch (Manchester, UK), Eoghan Clifford (Galway), Katie-George Dunlevy (Crawley, UK) and Eve McCrystal (Louth), Peter Ryan (Tipperary), Sean Hahessey (Tipperary), James Brown (Stonehouse, UK), Fiona McCormack (Meath), Ciara Staunton (Wicklow), Declan Slevin (Westmeath), Jerry Towey (Roscommon), Martin Gordon (Dublin), Damien Veraker (Waterford)

Equestrian: Helen Kearney (Wicklow), Rosemary Gaffney (Tipperary)

Football 7-A-Side: Brian Mc Gillivary (Dublin), Simon L’Estrange (Westmeath), Joe Markey (Monaghan), Luke Evans (Dublin), Gary Messett (Wicklow),Daragh Snell (Wicklow), Eric O’Flaherty (Galway), Podge Leacy (Wexford), Peter Cotter (Cork), Aaron Tier (Limerick), Tom Badun (Louth), Dillon Sheridan (Ballyfermot), Ryan Nolan (Wicklow), Conor Tuite (Louth), Carl McKee (Dublin)

Sailing: John Twomey (Cork), Ian Costelloe (Kerry), Austin O’Carroll (Cork)

Shooting: Sean Baldwin (Kildare), Phillip Eaglesham (Tyrone)

Swimming: Ellen Keane (Dublin), James Scully (Meath), Jonathan McGrath (Clare), Ailbhe Kelly (Dublin), Nicole Turner (Laois)

Table Tennis: Rena McCarron Rooney (Donegal/Galway)

Triathlon: Aidan McGlynn (Belfast), Fran Meehan (Offaly) and Catherine Walsh (Swords)