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Thank GAA It's Friday

Thank GAA It's Friday returns to your screens for another summer packed with GAA goodness.
Episode 1 returns on Friday, July 3rd on RTÉ 2, covering the best stories our native games have to offer.The show's creators bring you the complete weekly GAA package; containing characters, games, fascinating stories and communities both at home and abroad.

Ahead of the Munster football final, we talk to Gillingham's player-of-the-year and a famous son of Kerry football, John Egan. John's father, who passed away in 2012, was part of the great Kingdom sides of the late '70s and early '80s, winning six All-Irelands and five All-Star awards. Despite his Kerry background, John was born and raised in the heart of the Rebel county but will there be divided loyalties come Munster football final day?

Comedic actor David Rawle, AKA Martin Moone in the mega-hit Moone Boy, talks to us about his Gaelic Football heritage in lovely Leitrim's Carrigallen GAA club. David returns to the hallowed turf once more to relive memories with his friends and former club mates (none of whom are imaginary!). And David also has to finally confront the annoying fact that
everyone thinks he's from Roscommon!

Drugs in the GAA has become a major talking point in recent weeks and we spoke to Irish Times journalist Malachy Clerkin, former Irish athlete David Gillick and leading sports nutritionist Dr. Sharon Madigan to see whether there is a serious issue in the GAA. Expect plenty of heated debate!

With Antrim playing Fermanagh in the All-Ireland Football Qualifier series, former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan remembers the Saffrons' glory days at the turn of the century. Anto led his county to All-Ireland B success over Fermanagh in 1999, as well as to their first Ulster Championship win in 18 years in 2000. He now faces a more difficult battle off the field, having been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012.

Plus we'll have all the build up to the Leinster hurling final so tune in on Friday 3rd July at 8:30pm
on RTÉ2.

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Thank GAA It's Friday
  • RTÉ Two, Friday, 8.30pm