November 26, 2020
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Match made in heaven: Wicklow-based Mayo fan to feature in GAA documentary

A Wicklow family are set to feature in ‘The Toughest Summer’ which delves into the reality of life in GAA communities during the summer.

Mayo fan Tom Byrne, who now lives in Wicklow, features in the latest AIB documentary, The Toughest Summer, alongside his children Kevin and Tara Byrne.

The documentary will be available AIB’s YouTube channel on August 27, at 1pm.

Told through the lens of award-winning documentary maker, Ross Whitaker, the feature piece will track Thomas’ story alongside a host of other GAA members nationwide and will celebrate the strength and resilience of the thousands of people in GAA communities.

The documentary delves into a unique relationship that was built between former Mayo footballer, David Brady, and Tom during Covid-19 thanks to his children.

The 50-minute documentary, which aired on RTÉ One on Tuesday August 25th, marks the finale in AIB’s The Toughest Summer series, and saw AIB, proud sponsors of the All-Ireland Club Championships across football, hurling and camogie, as well as the All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, give viewers a poignant look into GAA communities across Ireland over the past several months.

The Toughest Summer showcases the powerful and extraordinary ways that the GAA has connected with their local communities when needed most, proving that even when there are no games being played, the GAA is still the beating heart of Ireland’s rural and urban communities. This week’s documentary tracks a host of GAA people, from players to coaches, fans to commentators, and will also follow the stories of TJ Reid, Michael Darragh Macauley, Caitriona Cormican, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ann Downey to name but a few.

The documentary is the culmination of a journey through a unique period of time in GAA history and chronicles the unprecedented halt to the games in March 2020. It follows the stories of GAA people and their communities across the country as they learned to cope with their new reality, and their subsequent path towards returning to on-field action once more.

It tells the story of a summer that has been like no other; one that has truly highlighted the importance of GAA within local communities and one that has united friends and rivals, old and young, players and fans.

AIB’s The Toughest Summer, which aired on RTÉ One on Tuesday, August 25th, will be available on AIB’s YouTube channel from 1pm on Thursday, August 27th at

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