In Beijing 2008 there was little or no live coverage of the Paralympic Games on Irish Television. In 2012 this changed. Setanta Sports broadcast almost 80 hours of live coverage from London and over 20 hours of highlights.
For the very first time, a TV documentary takes a candid look at the everyday lives of three of Ireland's top jockeys. Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell allowed exclusive fly-on-the-wall access into a National Hunt season from November 2011 to April 2012. The result is 'Jump Boys' - an in-depth no holds barred glimpse into one of the toughest professions in world sport.
The London Olympics wasn't just the sporting event of 2012 but a global event. For Ireland, the standout moment was Katie Taylor fulfilling her life-long dream of winning Olympic gold. The coverage of Katie's final featured sharp analysis, imaginative packages and humorous perspectives. An expertly delivered show, reflecting a world class athlete and the high point of 16 days of sporting coverage from RTÉ.
This is the story of how Muhammad Ali came to fight in Ireland in 1972 and what happened while he was here. Ali was making a comeback after his refusal to go to war in Vietnam and his first career loss to Joe Frazier and his trip to Ireland was part of his rehabilitation. He couldn't have known that he would fall in love with Ireland while he was here and would vow to return as he left. The fight became but a footnote in his career but this documentary uses eye-witness accounts and long-forgotten archive to tell the entertaining story of when Ali came to Ireland.