BBC ALBA to broadcast annual Ireland v Scotland Shint-Hurling match

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The annual clash between Scotland and Ireland’s native sports, when Scotland’s national shinty team takes on Ireland’s national hurling team, will be broadcast as-live on BBC ALBA.

Ireland will tomorrow (Saturday) welcome Scotland at Croke Park, Dublin in the first test of this year’s shinty/hurling international series. Full match coverage will be provided by BBC ALBA tomorrow from 7.30pm, with commentary from Hugh Dan MacLennan and analysis from Niall MacPhee.

The return leg, when Scotland host their Irish counterparts at Bught Park in Inverness, will be played on Saturday 2 November and is live on BBC Two Scotland from 1.45pm until 3.45pm, with Drew McNeil’s side looking to avenge last year’s 6-2 series defeat.

As well as the action on the pitch, the programme will have a number of features including a chat with Kingussie wing-back Lee Bain. The 25-year-old, who works as a gamekeeper, talks about moving from Strathglass to the Badenoch side and the honour of being selected for the Scotland national squad.

There is also a feature on the MacRae brothers of Kinlochsheil, who discuss their achievement of all three siblings being selected for the same national squad. Finlay and Keith are the experienced heads, offering advice to the youngest brother John, who steps up from the Scotland U21s.

Coverage of this shinty-hurling international match will be provided by mneTV for BBC ALBA, with the channel providing a premier sports package which also covers action from the Scottish Premiership, Ramsdens Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 qualifiers as well as live PRO12 league rugby.