Brady gets the Laochra Gael treatment

BY Colm Gannon

On the screen: David Brady will be the focus of Laochra Gael this week. Photo: Sportsfile

On the screen: David Brady will be the focus of Laochra Gael this week. Photo: Sportsfile

If you missed it last night, this evening (Friday, April 3 ) you will have another chance at 11.10pm on TG4 to catch Laochra Gael's hour long show on Mayo legend David Brady.

The series hour-long format has proved a huge success, bringing each player’s personal stories to the screen. The series features six Laochra with genuine star quality and reveals deeper, fresh and sometimes unexpected insights into the lives of these icons.

While their sporting careers continue to provide the backdrop to the story, the series travels well beyond the four white lines. Gripping personal storylines will compel viewers to travel towards territory unique to the GAA television landscape.

David Brady lost four All Ireland Finals with Mayo, and it is the pain and the anger that comes with this that informs one of the most controversial pundits in Irish sport. A childhood on the quay in Ballina, where attitudes to the fishing laws were liberal, indicated that David Brady was not interested in going with the flow.

Always a combative presence in midfield, David knows more than most about Mayo’s well-documented heartbreak. But he remains unbowed by the many disappointments, and refuses to be defined by them. Instead, he has carved out a reputation for saying exactly what is on his mind, whatever that may be.

David’s story is told through the eyes of his proud brother Ger Brady, former Mayo Footballer, and politician Alan Dillon, former Galway Footballer Seán Óg de Paor, broadcaster Seán Bán Breathnach and Irish Independent Journalist Vincent Hogan.


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