Ulster football opener kicks off Championship TV coverage

The Ulster SFC preliminary round meeting of Donegal and Antrim will kickstart the live television coverage of the 2011 GAA Football Championships.

The Ballybofey encounter on Sunday, May 15 is the first of this summer's matches to receive the 'live' treatment in what is a trimmed down broadcast schedule.

A week later, the focus will be on the Leinster Championship as Kildare take on Wicklow and Laois meet Longford in a much-anticipated double header at Croke Park.

As ever, RTE will carry the bulk of the live TV fixtures and are set to unveil details of a new magazine programme to add to their Championship coverage.

TV3 will also be broadcasting a number of live games, including Dublin's Leinster SFC opener against Laois or Longford and both the Ulster and Connacht SFC finals on Sunday, July 17.

2011 GAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS - LIVE TV SCHEDULE:

(RTE unless stated)

May 15 - Ulster SFC: Donegal v Antrim

May 22 - Leinster SFC: Kildare v Wicklow, Laois v Longford

May 28 - Ulster SFC: Armagh v Down

June 4 - Munster SFC semi-final: Limerick v Kerry or Tipperary

June 5 - Leinster SFC: Kildare or Wicklow v Meath; Laois or Longford v Dublin (TV3)

June 12 - Connacht SFC semi-final: Sligo or Leitrim v Roscommon

June 19 - Ulster SFC semi-final: Derry or Fermanagh v Armagh or Down

June 26 - Leinster SFC semi-final: Kildare or Wicklow or Meath v Laois or Longford or Dublin. Connacht SFC semi-final: Mayo or London v Galway

July 3 - Munster SFC final

July 10 - Leinster SFC final

July 17 - Ulster SFC final (TV3); Connacht SFC final (TV3)

July 23-31 - The All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifiers and All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals will take place during this period. It has yet to be confirmed which broadcaster will be covering these games.

August 21 - All-Ireland SFC semi-final

August 28 - All-Ireland SFC semi -final

September 18 - All-Ireland SFC final

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