Galway footballer Kieran Fitzgerald on Thursday’s Laochra Gael

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The latest season of Laochra Gael has proved hugely popular so far on TG4, and former Galway footballer Kieran Fitzgerald will be the focus of this Thursday’s (10 February) episode.

Laochra Gael, now in its 20th series, features six Laochra with genuine star quality, and it reveals deeper, fresh and sometimes unexpected insights into the lives of these icons.

While their sporting careers continue to provide the backdrop to the story, the series travels well beyond the four white lines.

Kieran Fitzgerald burst onto the scene in 2001, winning the All Ireland and an All Star at just 20 years of age.

A few years later, he was dealt a crushing blow when his girlfriend, Máiréad Meehan, lost her battle with cancer.

Under a cloud of grief following Máiréad’s passing, Kieran’s love for the game declined. He eventually found rejuvenation with his club, Corofin, performing heroics to win an extraordinary three Club All Irelands in a row in his late thirties.

Speaking about the Laochra Gael Series Uachtarán CLG, Larry McCarthy said: “TG4 has made a major contribution to Irish life since it first launched 25 years ago, and from its earliest days, it has carved a niche in the excellence of its GAA coverage and of club games in particular.

“Aside from the matches, the Laochra Gael series has become a staple of the GAA supporter’s TV diet.”

Laochra Gael Series

Programme 1:   Terence McNaughton. Available here

Programme 2:  Michael Darragh MacAuley. Available here

Programme 3: Sue Ramsbottom. Available

Programme 4: Joe Quaid, 9.30pm, Thursday 3rd February

Programme 5: Kieran Fitzgerald, 9.30pm, Thursday 10th February

Programme 6: Johnny McGurk, 9.30pm, Thursday 17th February