Horse racing broadcast set to increase in new Horse Racing Ireland deal with RTÉ Sport

RTÉ Sport and Horse Racing Ireland have agreed a new broadcasting deal for Irish horse racing live coverage, delivering a record in free-to-air live racing days in Ireland.

The new agreement, in effect with the recent Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse Ireland increases the number of live racing broadcast days to 31 this year, rising to 32 live days in 2022 and 2023. The agreement includes broadcasting on RTÉ Player while RTÉ.ie/Sport will continue to provide the latest news, racecards and results.

“Horse racing is an integral part of the RTÉ Sport offering and we are delighted to extend our partnership with Horse Racing Ireland and the racecourses,” said RTÉ Group Head of Sport, Declan McBennett. “The trainers and jockeys in particular have proven repeatedly that they are at the very forefront of their profession internationally and we hope to see the very best of Irish equine talent over the next three years.”

Racing broadcasts by RTÉ have been integral to viewing at home while meetings continue behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions. The agreement provides a free viewing source for all major meetings in the Irish racing calendar.

“RTÉ has long been a wonderful partner for Irish racing and we are delighted to extend our relationship for a further three years,” said Horse Racing Ireland Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh. “The increased coverage is very welcome and will enhance the telling of our great race stories.”

Horse racing coverage on RTÉ will continue later this month at the Punchestown Festival, broadcasting from Kildare Ireland.

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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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