'The unexpected King of The Royals' - Sean Boylan documentary to air on RTE next week

'Seán' is the title of a brand new documentary exploring the life of the legendary Seán Boylan, one of the most respected football managers in GAA history, to be screened on RTE next week.

The documentary follows the story of Seán back to his childhood and uncovers how an unassuming young boy with “not a notion in the world” ended up becoming one of the most successful and longest reining GAA managers to date.

Boylan managed the Meath Senior Football Team for 23 years throughout the 80s and 90s, during which he led them to win four All Ireland Senior Football Championships, three National League Titles and eight Leinster Senior Football Championships. Alongside all of this he ran a thriving herbal medicine business passed down through generations of his family.

The documentary weaves the twist and turns of his personal life with the success story of Seán Boylan, the football manager.

Steeped in GAA nostalgia with archive footage the documentary features interviews with former players, including Colm O’Rourke, Graham Geraghty and Trevor Giles. As they express their immense respect and gratitude for him, we uncover how Boylan was more than just a manager both on and off the pitch.

This heart warming and insightful documentary reveals a vulnerable, inspiring and empathetic side to Seán that will endear him all the more to GAA fans across the island of Ireland.

Seán, which airs on Thursday 6th August at 10.10pm on RTÉ One, was directed and produced by Alan Bradley. Bradley is a young up and coming documentary film maker, writer and actor. His previous documentary Show Day aired in a prime time slot on RTÉ One in Summer 2018.

Most recently Alan has written and performed his hit one man play Grounds for Concern which was premiered in a Croke Park dressing room as part of a sell out Dublin Fringe Festival run, the play subsequently went on a sell out tour in Ireland and was listed by The Sunday Times as a top pick of Theatre alongside Medea at The Gate Theatre.

The documentary includes contributions from Sean Boylan, Tina Boylan (Seán’s wife), musician Brush Shiels, Meath legends – Colm O’Rourke, Colm Coyle, Tommy Dowd, Graham Geraghty, Trevor Giles, Joe Cassells, David Beggy, Darren Fay, Brian Stafford, Mick Lyons and Gerry McEntee, and three of Sean’s Children – Seán jnr, Doireann and Ciarán.

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