In this guide we're going to show the easiest and best way to watch eir Sport in the UK.
If you're an Irish sports fan you know eir Sport has plenty to offer, with live coverage of British football, Gaelic football, hurling, golf, cricket, Australian rules football, boxing, NHL ice hockey and both rugby codes all available.
Unfortunately, it is not available outside the Republic of Ireland, which is an annoyance to many Irish ex-pats in the UK. So, to watch the live online streams, you will need to sign up for a VPN.
A VPN allows you to reroute your internet data via another location and make it appear as if you are in that country. So if you're in the UK you can use a VPN to make it appear as if you are in Ireland and so watch eir Sport coverage, just as if you're sat in Dublin or Cork.
How to view eir Sport outside Ireland
To watch eir Sport in the UK, you need to sign up for a VPN. This will enable you to log into your eir Sport account and watch anywhere in the world.
A VPN is an online tool which can be easily downloaded onto your Windows or Mac computer or as an app for your Android or iOS mobile device.
A good VPN usually costs around £5 (€5.50), but the longer you sign up for, the cheaper they become.
My favourite is ExpressVPN, just because they're easy to use and quick to set up. They've also got a 30-day money back guarantee which gives you plenty of time to test them.
Follow the simple instructions below to sign up and install a VPN and use it to watch eir Sport in the UK.
- Sign up to ExpressVPN. It's much cheaper to take their yearly package, but just grab a month if that's all you need.
- From their website (or the appropriate app store for mobile devices) download and install their app. You can use one account on up to five devices at the same time.
- Open the app and login.
- Choose the location Ireland.
Once connected you can then visit the eir Sport website or launch their app, sign into your eir Sport account, and you’re away.
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Watch eir Sport anywhere
With your new VPN service, you can now watch eir Sport from across the UK or indeed anywhere in the world.
You will still need an eir Sport subscription (so a quick call to your friends or relatives in the Emerald Isle might be necessary), but then, rather than finding the service blocked, you will be able to watch the full range of eir Sport channels, including eir Sport 1 and 2, BoxNation, and all four BT Sport channels.
And your VPN will not just help you to access eir Sport, but any other geo-restricted content from the Republic of Ireland, or (if you connect to a different country) anywhere else too.
And what’s more, a VPN will also protect your privacy online, stopping hackers and Government snoopers from seeing what you are doing online.
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Why is eir Sport blocked in UK?
eir Sport is an Irish broadcaster which holds the rights to broadcast the various sports it shows in the Republic of Ireland, but not in the UK.
They, therefore, use geo-restriction technology to stop people in the UK, and elsewhere, watching their content online.
To do this, they use your IP Address. This is a code which is automatically assigned to every internet connection and includes information on its location. If your IP Address tells eir Sport you are located in the UK, it is then easy for them to block you.
But a VPN changes your IP Address to the IP Address of their server. This means that if you connect to a VPN server in the Republic of Ireland, it will appear to the websites you visit that you are located there. Therefore, sites like eir Sport will allow you to view their content.
If you're in the United Kingdom but you're eager to watch eir Sport then you'll need the help of a VPN.
Without one you'll find eir Sport blocked while you're outside Ireland.
A VPN allows you to look like you're still in Ireland allowing you to stream your favourite sports.
I recommend using ExpressVPN. They're quick to set up and they've got a handy 30-day money back guarantee just in case you're a little apprehensive.
Once you've completed sign up, download their app and connect to Ireland.
You'll now be able to stream as much sport as you can watch whether you're in Liverpool or London, Birmingham or Bath.