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28th Nov 2017

Overwhelming, deserved praise for Blues Sisters documentary on Dublin Ladies footballers

There was one gripe some viewers had

Patrick McCarry

“Whatever you’ve got left – 10 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes – empty yourself.”

The words of Dublin boss Mick Bohan at half-time in his side’s All-Ireland Ladies Football final at Croke Park, in September. And empty themselves they certainly did.

Leading by three points at the break, and again by three with 10 minutes remaining, the Jackies ramped it up in the final stages to beat Mayo 4-11 to 0-11. It was Dublin’s first All-Ireland success in seven years and, after a few close calls over preceding championships, the triumph was celebrated with gusto, and no shortage of emotion.

All the while, as Dublin chased glory, their journey was being captured by a documentary crew. Over the course of a long, challenging and ultimately victorious season, the Blues Sisters documentary was given great access to the team as they made their way from the training pitches and gyms all the way through the provincial and knock-out stages to reach Croke Park.

The doc aired on RTE on Monday night and the response was overwhelmingly positive. These footballers had a heap of respect from GAA fans already but the show’s airing gave the wider public a chance to appreciate the toil, tears and tenacity required to achieve success.

There were a few dissenting, online voices asking why Dublin’s victory had been subject of a documentary instead of, say, the dominant Cork team of the past decade but that query was well answered by writer Mary White:

Such was the appetite and appreciation for superb documentaries like this that we may be fortunate enough to see one on Cork, Mayo and more county sides over the coming years.

For anyone looking to catch up on Blues Sisters, you can do so here.

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