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How many?

Tara O’Brien writes:

“On RTÉ Two television the 56 live games averaged 335,300 per match which represents a 28% increase on the viewing figures for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Final itself which saw Germany beat Argentina after extra time attracted an average audience of 857,000 viewers, up 13% on 2010.
…Engagement via online and mobile was at an all-time high throughout the World Cup, with 2.5m streams in total across RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie, compared to 700,000 for the World Cup in 2010, and 950,000 for Euro 2012. With three and a half times as many streams during WC 2014, more than one in three of these streams were on a mobile or tablet device. During the World Cup, the tournament accounted for more than half of all views on RTÉ Player.”

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The Irish men’s lacrosse team faced their toughest challenge yet when they faced off against a Haka-pumped (above) New Zealand side in Thursday’s action at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver.

Tom writes:

“New Zealand controlled the first face-off and went straight to goal, but the shot was saved by Sweeney, who quickly cleared the ball back up field to Kris Prior who then buried a shot to put Ireland on the scoreboard first, 1-0. New Zealand quickly equalised however when the long-pole #10 headed straight down-field and scored to make it 1-1. A ding-dong ensued, first Tom Riley scored for Ireland to make it 2-2, followed by a New Zealand equaliser, then Mike McTernan scored his first goal of the day on a spinning jumpshot to make it 3-2. Ireland would then go on to score two more goals to make it 5-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Irish team continued to build on its small margin throughout the game, leading 8-3 at half-time and 11-6 at the end of the third quarter. But New Zealand are a team that plays to the final whistle, and they worked hard in the fourth quarter to reduce the deficit to just two goals (11-9) with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Ireland hung on and ran out 12-10 winners

Ireland will face the [gulp]  Germans in their final game of the tourney tonight. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 here at MIDNIGHT (Irish time).

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