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Everyone Was Blown Away By The Emotional Kieran Fitzgerald Episode Of 'Laochra Gael'

Everyone Was Blown Away By The Emotional Kieran Fitzgerald Episode Of 'Laochra Gael'
By Eoin Harrington Updated

Former Galway intercounty footballer Kieran Fitzgerald was the focus of this week's Laochra Gael on TG4, and the episode drew an outpouring of emotion online.

Fitzgerald's girlfriend Mairéad Meehan passed away due to osteosarcoma in 2007. The tragic loss of Mairéad at such a young age had a massive effect on Fitzgerald, who said he struggled for years after her passing.

Speaking on this week's episode of Laochra Gael, Fitzgerald said:

I found time by myself was really tough. I found it really hard to come to terms with how somebody could be there one minute, and gone the next. The finality of that, I struggled with for years.

I wasn't mentally prepared or ready or able to play football. I was afraid to let that go, I was afraid to step away from football because I was afraid of being alone really, to be honest with you.

I struggled with form during the following years. It compounded my sense of sadness.

Fitzgerald ultimately made the decision to step away from intercounty football in 2011. He said that the decision to step away felt like a weight off his shoulders, and he would go on to see great success with his club Corofin.

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Corofin claimed the All-Ireland senior club championship in 2015, and then a three-in-a-row between 2018 and 2020. The 2020 final went to extra-time against Kilcoo, with a 39-year-old Fitzgerald incredibly playing every minute of the decider.

Laochra Gael: Huge reaction to emotional Kieran Fitzgerald episode

Kieran Fitzgerald's Laochra Gael episode aired on Thursday night, and garnered a brilliant reaction on social media.

The episode took a close look at the 2001 All-Ireland intercounty win that Fitzgerald played a crucial role in (winning an All Star), the tragedy of Mairéad Meehan's passing, and the important role Corofin and the game of football played in his grieving process.

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Fitzgerald's heart-wrenching and bittersweet story brought emotional reactions on Twitter, as fans connected with the tragic story of Fitzgerald's personal life, as well as the triumphs he enjoyed in Galway and Corofin jerseys throughout his career.

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