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Emotional Rollercoaster 'Blues Sisters' Everything A GAA Documentary Should Be

Emotional Rollercoaster 'Blues Sisters'  Everything A GAA Documentary Should Be

Last night's documentary 'Blue Sisters' was a welcomed addition to the pantheon of magnificent GAA documentaries. The programme charted the Dublin footballers journey to a much sought after All-Ireland title. After losing three finals in a row, the Dublin ladies finally got over the line last season.

It was directed by Pat Comer, who also worked on 'Tall, Dark & Ó hAilpín'  and 'A Year Till Sunday' in the past. The producer's access to the dressing room and players allowed for a revealing insight into the physical and mental challenges the team had to overcome during their title run.

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The star of the show was undoubtedly All-Star Nicole Owens. Owens spoke with startling honesty about her struggles with depression and the help provided by her team-mates and her manager, Mick Bohan, in combating that.

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There was some reaction online to the fact it was Dublin who were chosen as subjects for the documentary and not six in a row All-Ireland winners Cork. However, Cork were offered the opportunity and declined it.

Former Kildare ladies manager Morgan O'Callaghan was struck by the resources made available to the side.

The documentary's success ultimately hinged on access. It is what makes them great. To be able to pair the characters and personalities shown last night with the footballers that lit up Croke Park earlier this year is the ultimate means to promoting the game and building a following.

An emotional roller coaster like 'Blue Sisters' is exactly what you want of a sports documentary.

'Blue Sisters' is available on the RTE Player here and well worth your time if you haven't seen it.

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Maurice Brosnan

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