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Brits React As Gripping Hurling Final Broadcast Live On BBC

Brits React As Gripping Hurling Final Broadcast Live On BBC
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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After the thrilling clash between these teams last year, the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Limerick was hotly anticipated on Sunday afternoon.

It was the third time in six championship seasons that these two counties have met, as Limerick went for an historic fourth hurling crown in a row, while Kilkenny sought to claim their first Liam MacCarthy triumph in eight years.

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On a miserable day in Croke Park, the hurling on show was anything but, as a gritty and thrilling affair drew plaudits from fans and pundits alike before a second half scoring blitz pushed Limerick comfortably ahead.

The hurling final also drew plaudits across the water, as the action from Dublin drew in British viewers from its new UK home of the BBC iPlayer.

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Kilkenny v Limerick live on BBC iPlayer grips British viewers

After the contentious departure of live GAA from Sky Sports ahead of the intercounty season and the establishment of GAAGO, a deal was struck to see live All-Ireland hurling and football broadcast on BBC from 2023 onwards.


That meant Sunday's All-Ireland final clash between Limerick and Kilkenny was broadcast live both on BBC 2 Northern Ireland, and on the BBC iPlayer in Great Britain.


Despite the obvious appeal of hurling final day on these shores, the stiff competition provided by the packed sporting schedule on Sunday afternoon meant that there was an uphill battle to be fought across the water if the decider at Croke Park was to make a splash.

However, a rain-soaked final day of the Open, alongside an underwhelming performance from Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix, had many viewers migrating to the BBC iPlayer on the recommendation of Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain.



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Naturally, given the quality of the contest on the rain-trodden Croke Park pitch, viewers were hooked, and the reactions from viewers in Great Britain were filled with appreciation for the thrilling hurling final.

Coverage of the hurling final on the BBC was hosted by Thomas Niblock, with studio analysis from Ciaran Carey, Paul Murphy, and Neil McManus. Oisin Langan and Jamesie O'Connor were on commentary duty, with refereeing insight from Fergal Horgan, and pitchside comment from Sarah Mulkerrins and Eoin Murphy.


There were also reactions of praise from the traditionally Gaelic football-centric Ulster counties, as well as from Irish viewers residing in the UK.

Just as when Sky Sports first took over broadcasting live GAA, it's terrific to see hurling reach a wider audience, and the coverage from the BBC has been of an excellent standard all year.


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