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Eir Sport 1 (formerly Setanta Ireland) was an Irish pay television sports channel featuring local and international sporting events. The channel is available on some basic cable packages in Ireland, while it is available upon direct subscription to the Eir Sport package on other networks across Ireland. Its former sister channel is the subscription based network Eir Sport 2.
In June 2013, Setanta Sports signed a long-term agreement with BT Sport to distribute these channels within the Republic of Ireland. In November 2015, Irish telecommunications company Eir acquired Setanta Sports. On 5 July 2016, Setanta Ireland was renamed Eir Sport 1.
On 15 August 2019, eir Sport and Virgin Media Sport contracted a deal to show Virgin Media Sport on eir Vision and eir Sport 1 on Virgin Media Ireland. On 13 August 2020, eir Sport 1 was removed from Virgin Media Ireland, as eir refused to pay the contracted distribution license fee. Setanta Sports was formed in 1990 to facilitate the broadcasting of Irish sporting events to Irish expatriates
The Setanta Ireland channel launched in August 2004 as a free bonus channel on the UPC platform (previously Cablelink, then ntl) in the Republic of Ireland. It was also immediately available as a pay TV channel on Sky Ireland, and was followed by the establishment of a full network of sports channels in the UK.
On 5 July 2016 the Setanta Sports brand was replaced in Ireland by EirSport, following the sale of Setanta’s irish channels to Eir.
Setanta Ireland’s CEO is Michael O’Rourke, who was one of the original company founders. He took over following the departure of Colin Morgan in late 2012. Niall Cogley was the CEO prior to that.
The company’s production headquarters is in Broadcasting House, Princes Street South, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Senior positions include Brendan Higgins CFO, Brian Quinn Marketing Director, Trevor Twamley Advertising Sales Director, Graham Byrne Head of commercial premises
The name ‘Setanta’, comes from the name of the ancient Irish Warrior ‘Setanta’ from Ulster who frequently played the oldest known field sport, hurling, and who was later given the name ‘Cúchulainn’ as described in the ancient Irish texts of the ‘Annals of Ulster’
Setanta acquired the Premier League highlights rights for the Republic of Ireland in August 2013, taking over from RTÉ. In July 2016, it was announced that they had lost these rights to Sky Sports Ireland with effect from the 2016/17 Premier League season.