Tokyo Olympics: When and where Irish viewers can catch all the live action

Tokyo Olympics: When & where Irish viewers can catch all the Live action (Image: Getty)

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The countdown to the Tokyo Olympics is on as the Games kick off on Friday, July 23.

After being postponed back in 2020 due to the large-scale prevalence of the Covid-19 virus, athletes were finally able to make the journey this year to fight for gold.

Coverage begins this Friday morning, with comprehensive coverage for the duration of the games on Irish TV, radio and online – right up to August 8.

Here’s when and where you can catch up on all the action from Tokyo:

TV and Online

The Live Olympic action will be aired on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player from 1:30 am on July 23, when the Irish rowers take to the water.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony will then follow from 11:30 am.

Jacqui Hurley and Clare McNamara will be on air early each morning to update viewers on all the events of Tokyo 2020 on the 'Through The Night' programme with overnight reporting live and on location.

Then from 9 am every day Peter Collins will present coverage from the day's live-action during the Tokyo 2020: Daytime programme.

Every evening from 7 pm, Darragh Maloney will take over presenting duties with all the highlights each day at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.


RTÉ Radio 1 will provide listeners with updates and reports throughout the day starting on Morning Ireland.

They’ll ensure to fill viewers in on all the events missed throughout the night as well as the live event action in real-time.

RTÉ 2FM’s Game On will then wrap up the day’s news, reports and action from the games, and at weekends, significant events will be broadcast live in the morning programme schedule.


Tokyo 2020 on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will feature panellists across all Olympic sports including athletics, swimming, boxing, rowing, badminton, and rugby sevens.

Panellists are set to include Derval O’Rourke, Sonia O’Sullivan, Rob Heffernan and David Gillick in athletics, Andrew Bree, Gráinne Murphy, Barry Murphy and Earl McCarthy in swimming, Andy Lee, Kenneth Egan and Eric Donovan in boxing as well as Gillian Pinder (hockey), Claire Lambe (rowing), Ciara Peelo (sailing), Brian Nugent (cycling), Chloe Magee (badminton), Louise Galvin (rugby sevens), Tim McCarthy (basketball) and much more.

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