Laochra Gael continues as the story of Dublin footballer, Alan Brogan, will be broadcast first on St. Patrick’s Day at 5.30pm and repeated in the normal slot at 9.30pm on Thursday.
Alan Brogan’s father and uncle were heroes of Hill 16, but if there was pressure on Alan because of this, he barely felt it. Laid-back as a person, but fierce as a competitor, Alan was the beating heart of Dublin teams from his teens. Despite Alan’s consistent excellence, it seemed that he would never bring Sam back to the capital. Then with the Brogan brothers to the fore, the tide turned. The “Blue Wave” had begun, and the greatest football team in history was built.
Alan’s story is told through the eyes of his proud father Bernard Brogan Snr, his brother Bernard Brogan Jnr, former Dublin Manager Paul “Pillar” Caffrey, former Kerry Manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice, broadcaster and friend Colm Parkinson, his adoring wife Lydia Brogan and Irish Examiner Journalist Michael Moynihan.
Along with Alan Brogan – this new season’s batch of GAA legends also includes Kieran Donaghy who started out as an Underdog but ended up changing the game forever. Diarmuid Lyng, the wandering Wexfordian wizard who travelled around the world in search of release after retiring from hurling. Iggy Clarke, the lynchpin of the Galway hurling revival, the hurler and priest who started out on a brand new life after the loss of his faith. Mayo’s midfield maverick David Brady who was combative as a Mayo footballer and is even more contentious today as a pundit and A pioneer of Peil na mBan Brenda McAnespie, a stalwart of Monaghan football, who played against a backdrop of trouble and tragedy.