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

Irish TV brodcast FAI Junior Cup Semi-Final highlights tonight

Highlights from the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup with Aviva and Umbro, Europe’s largest domestic non-league soccer competition, will be broadcast on Irish TV on Tuesday, May 5th in a primetime slot of 9pm.

The country’s four best junior sides met at venues in Tipperary and Wexford, vying for a spot in the final at the Aviva Stadium on May 17th.

Cooke Park, home of last year’s winners St Michael’s, hosted the last-four meeting of first-time semi-finalists Clonmel Celtic and twice-recent winners Sheriff YC of Dublin.

Meanwhile, Wexford Youths’ Ferrycarrig Park was the venue for North End United versus Liffey Wanderers.

There will be extended highlights of both ties with commentary from Bernard O’Toole and Alan Cawley, hosted by Ger Treacy, in the Irish Sports Network production.

Speaking about the competition, Kevin Kilbane, Aviva FAI Junior Cup Ambassador, said; “Many players can only dream of playing in this stadium but for the remaining teams in the competition, this is now a very real possibility. These clubs are now getting a top quality platform so let’s hope they can provide some great games on the Road to the Aviva over the coming months.” 

Teresa McCabe, President, FAI Junior Council, said; “The FAI Junior Cup continues to go from strength to strength every year thanks to the support of Aviva and Umbro.  It’s fantastic for the clubs to be here at the Aviva Stadium today.  For them to have the possibility of playing in a stadium that many professional footballers will never experience is great for Junior Soccer in Ireland.”

Robert Kennedy, Head of Sales and Trading, Aviva Ireland, said; “Aviva is delighted to be involved in the FAI Junior Cup for this our third year.  In the past two seasons we have watched the competition grow in stature and it’s great to see how the players now attach a real prestige to the competition.  It was really important for us to listen to what Junior football wanted and we expect that the competition will be even more exciting for all the players, clubs and fans this year. TV coverage from Quarter Finals right through to the Final at the Stadium will help raise the profile of the clubs and players as well as showcasing everything that is great about Junior football in Ireland.”   

Irish TV can be found on Sky 191, Freesat 400, eVision 191, free to air boxes with a live stream online at

FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Final broadcast times announced

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The FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals highlights programme will be broadcast on Setanta Ireland at 5:30pm on Good Friday, April 3rd and at 3:15pm on Easter Sunday, April 5th – half an hour earlier than originally scheduled.

The four quarter-finals featured are –

Sheriff YC (Dublin) v St. Michael’s FC (Tipperary)
Clonmel Celtic (Tipperary) v City United (Sligo)
Moyross United (Limerick) v North End United (Wexford)
Liffey Wanderers (Dublin) v Donnycarney FC (Dublin)Photocall ahead of FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Final with Aviva and Umbro