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TG4 to air documentary on Tyrone minor sides 'who transformed the game'

‘The Unbreakable Bond’ premiers on Sunday evening at 8.30pm.

TG4 WILL AIR a documentary on Sunday evening at 8.30pm called ‘Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond’ which looks back at the “untold narrative behind the most successful minor team in the history of the GAA – the Tyrone Class of 1997/1998.”

Tyrone minors celebrate Cormac McAnallen, Kevin Hughes and Brian McGuigan celebrate their 1998 All-Ireland minor victory. Source: INPHO

Under the guidance of current senior boss Mickey Harte, a talented Tyrone group were defeated by Laois in the ’97 All-Ireland MFC final before they beat the same opposition in the following year’s decider.

That group went on to win two All-Ireland U21 medals under Harte before 11 players graduated to senior level and helped the county deliver the Sam Maguire for the first time in 2003.

The film investigates “how an extraordinary series of personal tragedies bonded a particular group of young men and how they triumphed in the face of adversity”, according to its description.

A number of big names including Mickey Harte, Peter Canavan, Mark Harte, Brian McGuigan, Enda McGinley and Daire O Cinneide are interviewed as part of the documentary.

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