Old rivals join forces for cardiac awareness film
Members of the Down and Meath squads that contested the 1991 All-Ireland football final have completed a series of tests to help promote awareness of heart disease among middle-aged people.
The testing and its results will feature in a documentary later this year, 'Extra Time', which will be preceded by a 'light entertainment' film on the subject to be launched in Dublin this weekend.
The documentary is being produced by the Irish Heart Disease Awareness (IHDA) charity and one of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) founders Donal O'Neill, who is now based in South Africa. Since moving on from the GPA, O'Neill has produced a number of nutrition-focused documentaries including 'Cereal Killers' and 'Run on Fat.'
The IHDA was established to raise awareness of heart disease as a progressive and measurable disease that can be detected by a calcification test.
The campaign encourages middle-aged men (over 45) and women (over 55) to "know their score", which is their level of calcium derived from a CT scan of the arteries.
Some 48 members of the 1991 All-Ireland final squads took part in a series of tests, including the calcification test, to determine who was the 'heart-healthiest,' 28 years on from their final.
The results will feature as part of the full documentary which will be released later this year.