THE TG4 GAA sports series, Laochra Gael, continues next Thursday 11 February at 9.30pm with a feature on Kildare’s Dermot Earley.
Dermot Earley Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
The programme, with an hour-long format, has proved a huge success, bringing each player’s personal stories to screen. While their sporting careers continue to provide the backdrop to the story, the series travels well beyond the four white lines. Gripping personal storylines compel viewers to travel towards territory unique to the GAA television landscape.
Named after his legendary father, Dermot Earley Jun was determined to make a name for himself. He did just that when he was at the heart of Kildare historic 1998 campaign while still in his teens. Sadly, that would be the highpoint of his football career. In the following years he suffered dreadful injuries, he fought a cancer battle, and in 2010 he was dealt a severe blow with the death of his father.
Throughout it all Dermot continued to battle with determination and bravery for his county, and for his family. Thursday’s programme is directed by Fintan Walsh and as well as Dermot himself other participant will include Jenny Earley, Johnny Doyle, Kieran McGeeney, Mary Earley, Noelle Earley, Seán Óg de Paor, Tomás Ó Flatharta, Tomás Ó Sé and journalist, Vincent Hogan.
It will be repeated on Sunday 14 February at 8.25pm.