Donegal and Ardara legend Anthony Molloy will feature in season 21 of Laochra Gael.
The definitive GAA sports series returns to TG4 this spring for a 21st series. The series hour-long format has proved a huge success, bringing each player’s personal stories to screen.
The series features eight 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.
Molloy will feature on the 7th programme of the series. The programme will cover Molloy growing up in a remote region, where football was always at the centre of his life.
But after serious injury and a lack of success with the county, he emigrated to America in the 80s. When his mother fell ill, he returned home. The football enticed him back, and he fought through the pain to bring Sam Maguire to Donegal for the first time ever in 1992.
Between the celebrations and retirement however, he developed a drink problem, and so he embarked on a battle that continues to this day.
The episode is directed by Cormac Morel and will feature Molloy some legends of the game such as Donegal’s Martin Gavigan and Michael Murphy, along with Derry’s Brian McGilligan who had many battles against the Ardara man, and Donegal Democrat sports reporter Frank Craig, who co-wrote Molloy’s book ‘Anthony Molloy, A Memoir on Life, Glory and Demons’ which came out at the end of last year.
The programme featuring Molloy will be live on TG4 at 9.30pm on Thursday 9th March.
Laochra Gael Series:
Programme 1: Joe Canning, 9.30pm, Thursday 26th January
Programme 2: Aidan O’Mahony, 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd Feburary
Programme 3: Anne Dalton, 9.30pm, T Thursday 9th Feburary
Programme 4: Tom Parsons, 9.30pm, Thursday 16th February
Programme 5: Áine Wall, 9.30pm, Thursday 23rd February
Programme 6: Liam Sheedy, 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd March
Programme 7: Anthony Molloy, 9.30pm, Thursday 9th March
Programme 8: Noel O’Leary, 9.30pm, Thursday 16th March