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16th Mar 2018

The televised sport line-up for Paddy’s Day is absolutely unreal

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Ben Kiely

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day this year will be a great day for fans of sport.

If you prefer athletic achievements over colourful parades, St Patrick’s Day will cater for you. The line-up of sport for March 17 is something else.

2018 Six Nations Championship

The premier international rugby tournament in the Northern Hemisphere draws to a close on Paddy’s Day. It kicks off with Italy vs Scotland at 12:30. At 14:45, Champions Ireland face England in the Lion’s Den a game that could clinch the Grand Slam. The closer will be contested by Wales and France in Cardiff. TV3 will be showing live coverage of all three fixtures.

St Patrick's Day

Super Rugby

For the early risers, you can head over to Sky Sports main event at 6:30 am to see the Highlanders vs the Crusaders. For the southern hemisphere rugby enthusiasts who enjoy a lie in, check out the Lions against the Sunwolves on the same channel at 3:15 pm.

All-Ireland Club Championships

Croke Park is the place to be on March 17 for all you GAA fans. The two best hurling clubs and the two best football clubs in the country will duke it out to see who the top dog is.

Corofin take on Nemo Rangers in the football which kicks off at 2 pm while Cuala face Na Piarsaigh which gets started at 3.45pm. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

St Patrick's Day

Allianz Football League

Kerry welcome Kildare to the Kingdom while Clare travel to Cork. Both games will be shown on Eir Sport and the kick-offs are set for 7 pm.

St Patrick's Day

FA Cup quarter-finals

Manchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion will be shown live on BT Sport 1. Kick-off is at 7:45 pm.Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur is the 12:45 pm kick-off on BT Sport 1.

Football, football, football

In the 3 pm Premier League kick-off, West Bromwich Albion travel to Bournemouth. That fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League. You’ll have to head over to BT Sport for the 5:30pm kick-off between Liverpool and Watford.

At 12 pm, there’s a Championship clash between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers while Bolton Wanderers host Aston Villa in the 5:30 pm game. Both matches will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event.

UFC Fight Night London: Werdum vs Volkov

This English event is a bit of a sleeper card. The main event features two top heavyweight contenders in former champion Fabricio Werdum and streaking 29-year-old Alexander Volkov. It also features local talent in the form of Jimi Manuwa, Leon Edwards and Danny Roberts. Scotland’s Paul Craig and Danny Henry also feature while Wales are represented by Jack Marshman and SBG Ireland’s John Phillips.

Coverage of the main card starts at 9pm on BT Sport 2. If you want to catch the prelims, you’ll need to subscribe to Fight Pass.

St Patrick's Day

The Conlan Revolution

Undefeated Irish boxing star Michael Conlan will fight in Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day. He returns to the Big Apple exactly one year to the day after making his pro debut in the iconic stadium. He takes on David Berna with live coverage starting on Box Nation from midnight.

League of Ireland

Just the one fixture in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division that day. Holders Cork face Munster rivals Limerick. Kick off is at 18:30 in Markets Field.

St Patrick's Day

Arnold Palmer Invitational 

The second last day of the multi-million dollar PGA tournament falls on Paddy’s Day. Could make a nice change of pace from the hard hits in the rugby, boxing and MMA. This will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event from  7:40 pm.


Technically, the clash between San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves doesn’t tip-off until 12:30 am on the 18th of March. However, if you want to wave your tricolour inflatable hammer at the box for a good ol’ game of hoops, we’re not going to stop. This will be shown live on BT Sport 1.

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