Options for watching the 2012 hurling, gaelic football finals in the U.S.

Posted by on September 7, 2012 in GAA, Hurling in America, Irish culture

TRIBESMEN VS. CATS: Joe Canning seems to be Galway’s only hope against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling finals Sunday. Photo courtesy of RTE.ie, see the link below for its preview story of the game.

As the various North American Gaelic Athletic Association champions celebrate their wins last weekend, the rest of the Irish-friendly world is turning its eyes to Dublin’s legendary Croke Park where the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships are set to be played on Sunday.

Where the North American games in Philly were played by enthusiasts of the game of hurling, Sunday’s match is all about the best teams in the entire world, not just the best in the U.S. and Canada.

This year’s match pits perennial favorite County Kilkenny against the County Galway team lead by Joe Canning.

Personally, I’m rooting for Galway in this match, but it seems that Kilkenny has the edge in this “Super Bowl of Hurling.” You can read some previews and news on the games here, here and here.

WHERE TO WATCH

For the Irish stuck here in America and American fans of the game, Sunday’s Galway v. Kilkenny match will be tough to find. As usual, the game broadcast is being kept under strict control.

Most American fans will zip out to a local Irish pub or sports bar that has decided to foot the bill for the broadcast. You can check out the venues available in your area by going here.

For those of us who don’t have a nearby GAA-friendly establishment. There is another option — and honestly it isn’t too expensive assuming you have a computer with a super-speedy connection. For about $30 (plus taxes and fees), you can watch the game here.

I haven’t actually tried watching any of the games this way, so buyer beware.

WHEN TO WATCH

Here’s a schedule for the upcoming games (for hurling and men’s gaelic football) and their associated talk shows. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Sunday, September 9
  • 8:15am — GAA Minor Hurling Championship Final: Dublin vs Tipperary
  • 10:30am — GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final: Kilkenny vs Galway
  • 4:30pm –  The Sunday Game – GAA Match Highlights and Discussion
Saturday, September 15
  • 12:00pm –  GAA U21B Hurling Championship Final: Roscommon vs Kildare
  • 2:00pm — GAA U21 Hurling Championship Final: Clare vs Kilkenny
Sunday, September 23
  • 8:15am — GAA Minor Football Championship Final: Meath vs Dublin
  • 10:30am –  GAA Senior Football Championship Final: Donegal vs Mayo
  • 4:30pm –  The Sunday Game – GAA Match Highlights and Discussion

 

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