ONE OF THOSE DAYS David Brady of Ballina Stephenites lifts the Andy Merrigan Cup with manager Tommy Lyons after the 2005 All-Ireland Club SFC Final win over Portlaoise at Croke Park. Pic: Sportsfile
MOST Mayo football supporters will be tuned in to TG4’s popular ‘Laochra Gael’ show this Thursday night at 9.30pm as it features one of our own — the one and only David Brady.
The hour-long programme goes behind the headlines of the GAA career and personal story of the former Mayo midfielder who is, as always, candid and refreshingly honest.
The story of David’s career from a young Ballina boy to an All-Ireland club winner with the Stephenites in 2005 — and many of the ups and downs in between — are told by the likes of his brother, Ger; his former team-mate Alan Dillon; ex-Galway All-Ireland winner Seán Óg de Paor; broadcaster Seán Bán Breathnach and Irish Independent sports writer Vincent Hogan.
“It’s an honour to get an opportunity to tell your story,” Brady remarked in a recent interview.
“It’s a very personal story, it’s not all about what goes on between the white lines.
“I had to make a decision to give over some of my personal life. I made that decision with my wife, to say that it’s either all or nothing with me.
“The words ‘Laochra Gael’ means community hero or local warrior, but I wanted to tell the story of the heroes in my life. “It’s not David Brady’s story, it’s about how my career was progressed by the actions and influences of so many individuals.
“It’s something too that my kids, who are five and two coming, will have in years to come, when I’m pushing up daisies. To look back on and say, ‘Yeah, he was Mayo mad and he was football mad!
“I don’t see it as a reflection of me, I see it as a reflection of my family, parents, sisters and brothers, my local community in the Quay and then a Ballina Stephenites context and a wider Mayo context.”
This episode will be broadcast on TG4 on Thursday, April 2 at 9.30pm and repeated on Sunday, April 5 at 4.55pm.