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06th Jun 2018

The Best Irish Documentary Of 2017 Is On Television Tonight

Darragh Berry

The sporting world was shocked in October 2016 when details emerged about the untimely passing of one of Ireland’s true sporting greats.

Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley was just 42 when he was found dead in his hotel in Paris. He was about to lead his Munster side into an important game, a side who he had won the Heineken Cup with and was now head coach of.  

The documentary, Anthony Foley: Munsterman broadcasted on 16 October, better known now as the day that Storm Ophelia put the whole country into lock down. 

Because of power cuts throughout the country, many didn’t get to witness this truly heartbreaking and wonderfully pieced together documentary.

It tells the life of Foley who truly was your quintessential Munsterman. 

He only ever dreamed of playing for Munster and his dad, Brendan, was part of the famous side who beat the All-Blacks in 1978. 

The documentary is filled with interviews from Munster legends while also talking to those who knew him all his life, his family. 

Ronan O’Gara, Paul O’Connell, Keith Wood, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo, CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony and Keith Earls are some of the names who feature throughout the documentary.

It has been described as a “moving and uplifting documentary” that is “lovingly made” and “unmissable TV”.

You can find more on the documentary here and it airs on Wednesday night on RTÉ One at 9:35pm. 

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