Offaly legend Seamus Darby to feature on TG4's Laochra Gael

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Offaly legend Seamus Darby to feature of TG4's Laochra Gael

Offaly legend Seamus Darby to feature of TG4's Laochra Gael

Offaly's 1982 All-Ireland hero Seamus Darby is set to feature in a dedicated episode of the definitive GAA sports series, TG4's Laochra Gael.

The show is returning this spring for a 17th series and it follows last year’s new hour-long format, bringing each player’s personal stories to 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.

The Seamus Darby episode, entitled 'The Man Who Got the Goal,' will be the second in the series and will be aired at 9.30pm on Wednesday, February 27.

Rhode man Darby could never have known the changes that would come when his life changed in an instant in Croke Park in 1982.

The programme will explore Darby’s story up to that defining moment, and how it came to be that it was he who went on with a few minutes to go.

The detail of the dramatic climax of the 1982 All Ireland Final that put an end to Kerry’s “5-in-a-row” dreams, will be relived.

The documentary, directed by Jimmy Duggan, will also delve into Darby’s life since then, and will discuss the difficulties he encountered as a result of being the man who scored the goal.

The episode will feature contributions from Seamus Darby himself, as well as his brother Stephen Darby, Eugene McGee, Sean Lowry, Seán Walsh and Vincent Hogan.

Other legends to feature in the new series are Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell, Cork superstar Rena Buckley, Dublin darling Kieran Duff, Limerick's Andrew O’Shaughnessy, and Kerry icon Colm Cooper. Jackie Tyrrell will feature in the first episode of the series on February 20.

Speaking at today’s launch, Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: “I warmly welcome the latest instalment of Laochra Gael, which has long been a mainstay in the compendium of compulsive viewing for GAA members and followers of our games."

"It dovetails with the excellent coverage afforded to our games by TG4 and Nemeton, coverage and analysis which affords them unique insights into the big games and the big names."

"The list of top players who have engaged with this series bears testimony to the quality of the viewing and I laud everyone involved in providing us with another set of programmes in the weeks and months ahead.”

Welcoming the new series, TG4’s Director General, Alan Esslemont says: "Part of TG4’s mission since our inception has been to give the credit that is due to our incredible Gaelic Games heroes. I am delighted that we now have hour long episodes which chronicle not only the epic feats on the pitch, but also show the heartbreak and emotional journeys that these incredible men and women undertake, throughout their sporting careers. I would like to sincerely thank all of the players who took part and Nemeton who are doing trojan work in this television genre."

The series is produced by NemetonTV, the independent production company from An Rinn in the West Waterford Gaeltacht, which produces much of TG4’s acclaimed sports coverage.

Laochra Gael will air on TG4 on Wednesdays at 9:30pm from February 20.