Create the future: RTÉ is the home of sport this summer

Updated / Thursday, 3 Jun 2021 13:59
Please view this article on to see the featured video.

We may have had to wait 12 months, but the packed 2020 summer of sport is finally here, in 2021.

A glorious few months of free-to-air action awaits fans as RTÉ Sport brings a feast of live action.

The action kicks-off with Euro 2020 on Friday, 11 June as Italy face Turkey in the opening game, continues with the start of the GAA Championships, as Clare taking on Waterford on 27 June in the Munster Hurling Championship.

Then there is the small matter of Tokyo Olympics (begins 23 July) and Paralympics (begins 24 August), making RTÉ the home of sport this summer for Irish fans.

This summer will also see live horse racing with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby from the Curragh on 26 June and the Galway Races from 26 July, as well as the European Hockey Championships from Amsterdam where Ireland will face the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain beginning with a game against the hosts on 5 June.

Mount Juliet will be the venue for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with all four days live on RTÉ from 1 July.

RTÉ Sport will have full exclusive free-to-air coverage of the delayed Euro 2020 beginning with the opening ceremony and first game on 11 June right through to the final from Wembley on 11 July. With comprehensive coverage online including podcasts, live blogs and match highlights.

The GAA Championships begin on the weekend of 26-27 June with RTÉ set to bring viewers 20 live televised games including 14 games exclusively live on RTÉ.

Highlights include live coverage of all six provincial finals in football and hurling as well as the All Ireland semi-finals and finals in both codes along with the Joe McDonagh Cup final.

RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday and Sunday Sport will be around the grounds for live and exclusive national radio commentaries, while RTÉ Online will bring you the best analysis, reports and reaction.

The much-anticipated 2020 Summer Olympic Games begin in Tokyo on 23 July with the opening ceremony and RTÉ Sport, on television, radio and online will bring you all the action as the Irish athletes among the over 11,000 competitors from around the globe aim to both create the future and make their own piece of history.

The 2020 Summer Paralympics will follow from Tokyo starting on 24 August. Irish Paralympians have an impressive medal-winning record and RTÉ Sport will be there as the current crop aim to add to that haul.

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes said: "As we move cautiously and optimistically towards a busy sporting summer, we are delighted to bring you lots of the action free-to-air on RTÉ.

"As competitors return to tracks and fields, to pitches and courses, RTÉ Sport will follow them every kick, puck, jump and putt of the way, at home and abroad."

RTÉ Group Head of Sport Declan McBennett added: "Sporting endeavour will scale new heights this summer both domestically and on the international stage.

"RTÉ Sport values its privileged position in bringing the speed, strength, skills and spirit of those athletes across all codes to the Irish audience free-to-air on TV, radio, news and online. We look forward to capturing and reflecting the moments that will undoubtedly live long in the Irish sporting memory."

GAA Championship live on RTÉ

27 June

4 July

11 July

17 July

18 July

25 July

31 July

1 August

7 August

8 August

14 August

15 August

22 August

29 August

Euro 2020

Every match will be broadcast from the tournament across RTÉ television and RTÉ Player