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Absolutely Everyone Seemed To Love Last Night's Sean Boylan Doc

Absolutely Everyone Seemed To Love Last Night's Sean Boylan Doc
By Michael McCarthy
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"Seán", a documentary by Alan Bradley aired on RTE One last night and if you missed it, it's essential viewing on the RTE Player over the next couple of days.

Sean Boylan was a one of kind figure, not just in the GAA, but in Irish life. While his football achievements are almost beyond credible - lifting Meath from football's doldrums to four All-Ireland titles and eight Leinster Championships, as well managing a winning International Rules team in Australia - his universal popularity comes not from his GAA accomplishments, but from his humility and gentle soul.

Last night's film captured the character of the man perfectly, and it was a rare night in modern Ireland - one of total and utter unanimity. Everyone agreed this film was spectacular and that Seán Boylan truly is a national treasure.

Naturally, a lot of the reaction came from Meath where the man is rightly a god, but also came from around the country. His Meath teams inspired great love, and also great hatred. But Boylan himself was only even respected. And his legacy goes far beyond just Meath football.


Naturally, some of those who played for him at Meath or Ireland were quick to pay tribute to the man.

Current players and GAA greats who never worked directly with the man were equally inspired.



Media, politicians, Irish sporting greats, and general GAA fans were also in unanimous agreement.





If you missed a show with such universal approval, you can watch it now on the RTE Player.


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