Monday 22 January 2018

Five other recent Irish sports documentaries

Rough Rider is the latest in the line of quality Irish sports documentaries that have hit our screens. Here are five of the best.

Green is the Colour

One of the finest sports documentaries ever produced in this country, it charts the history of Irish football.

Presented by Darragh Maloney, the four-part documentary series examines the history of Irish football and the national soccer team, featuring the personal accounts of a rich host of footballers, managers, pundits, historians, and journalists.

The West’s Awake

Chartering the journey of Connacht’s historic first season in the Heineken Cup, the documentary goes beyond sport. Often the forgotten province in Irish rugby, it sheds light on the people, the area and the players and management that make Connacht such a special place.

Ras Tailteann – Rothat an tSaoil

This detailed documentary tells the secret history of one of Irelands greatest sporting institutions.

First ran in 1953 its aim was to symbolise the nationalist aspirations of its organisers and promote Irish culture at a time of fierce political and sporting division, it is Nowadays the Rás is a major international cycling event featuring a host of international teams annually.


Described as “intense, unflinching, at times painfully honest”, it could well have been describing Ronan O’Gara himself.

One of Ireland’s most decorated rugby players of all-time, he reveals the highs and lows that have marked his career in a typically forthright manner.

When Ali Came to Ireland

Directed by Ross Whitaker in 2012, it tells the story of how Killorglin-born circus strongman and publican, Michael "Butty" Sugrue, put up £300,000 and persuaded Muhammad Ali to make his first visit to Ireland to fight against Alvin Lewis in Croke Park on 19 July 1972.

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