The 13th season of Laochra Gael, the popular TV series that profiles legendary figures in Gaelic games will resume next Tuesday, February 3. Kicking off the series, the first episode will look back on the career of one of Mayo’s most famous footballers of the last 30 years, Liam McHale.
McHale was one of Ireland’s greatest ever basketball players, but to Gaelic football fans he will be remembered as the towering Mayo midfielder who spearheaded their All Ireland campaigns in the late eighties and nineties. Although the All Ireland title remained elusive, the Ballina Stephenites man collected six Connacht titles and an All-Star and was a selector with Mayo in 2004 and 2005. Open and charismatic as always, Liam gives us an honest account of how he dealt with the ups and downs of Mayo football including his controversial sending off in the 1996 All Ireland final replay, a decision he still cannot fathom. The show will air on Tuesday February 3 at 8pm and will be repeated on Sunday February 8 at 8pm.