UPC reveal Ireland’s favourite sports to watch on TV

UPC Ireland survey reveals what sports the Irish public are watching & what their favourite sporting events are.

David Baker
by David Baker on 22nd August, 2013

A survey by TV, phone and broadband provider UPC has found that soccer is the nation’s favourite sport to watch on the box, edging out the likes of rugby, hurling and Gaelic football.

The beautiful game just pipped rugby to the post, gaining 23% of the vote compared to 22% for rugby.

Hurling was placed third with 12% of the vote, while Gaelic football and tennis were joint-fourth with 9% of the vote each.

While soccer was the overall favourite, the research uncovered some regional differences. Munster was the only province to name rugby as the favourite sport, relegating soccer to third place behind hurling.

In Dublin on the other hand, soccer was the runaway favourite with 30% of people naming the sport as their favourite to watch on TV.

“The UPC TV survey shows that the Irish are passionate about watching their favourite sports on TV and we are committed to bringing our customers the very best in live sport so they don’t miss a moment,” said David Kent, content development manager with UPC.

“Last month we added BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN to our TV offer through the Setanta Premium Package which will see an extra 71 Barclays Premier League games including 18 of the ‘top picks’ available.”

While there are some provincial differences between favourite sports, there was nationwide unanimity on the most memorable TV sporting moment.

More than a quarter of survey respondents said Katie Taylor winning Olympic gold in the women’s boxing at the London Games last year was the greatest Irish sporting moment of all time.

The lightweight female boxer and national hero’s triumph for Ireland was ranked ahead of some very memorable sporting moments, including Ireland’s 6 Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and two historic moments from that famous penalty shoot-out with Romania at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

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