The 2022 TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All-Ireland Finals saw nearly 50,000 fans descend on Croke Park bringing massive atmosphere, colour and noise to Jones' Road.

But, this wasn't always the case as Donal Fallon from Brainstorm TV discovers in the video above.

Watch the full series here on the RTÉ Player!

Ladies' football in Ireland has come a long way from the 1960s when it was considered a novelty act at carnivals. Historian Hayley Kilgallon tells us about the early days in this Brainstorm piece.

How Ladies Football went from carnival sideshow to Croke Park

And listen to the story of the first ever Final here...

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Click here to watch the 2022 highlights on the Sunday Game.

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