Paddy Prendergast being presented with a Ballintubber GAA Club tie by Tony O'Connor, club chairman.

Mayo GAA legend Paddy Prendergast to feature on exclusive 70th anniversary TV special

As GAA fans all over Mayo look forward to another exciting summer of championship football it is hard to believe that it is all of 70 years since Mayo last captured the coveted and rather elusive Sam Maguire Cup.

Stories of the achievements of that 1950 and ‘51 teams are still recounted right across the county and beyond.

However the dream of ultimate glory is alive and well as Henry McGlade found out when he travelled to Kerry last September to catch up with the last playing member of that magnificent team - Paddy Prendergast.

A special episode of iMayo TV will be broadcast on Sky Showcase Channel 191 on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. featuring the Ballintubber native with exclusive interview footage captured at his home in Tralee, Co Kerry.

Paddy’s wife, German native Irene also speaks in her first ever TV interview about how the couple met and she divulges some lesser known facts about the Mayo hero and their married life together.

To mark the 70th anniversary of that famous 1951 victory Henry was accompanied by some of the officers of Ballintubber GAA Club who made a special presentation to Paddy.

The occasion was also marked by the club hosting their weekly lotto in Tralee, the first time it was held outside their local parish.

Mayo fans will be glued to their screens to hear about Paddy’s remarkable football journey.

The show also has contributions from some of his lifelong friends including retired Garda Paddy Joyce, a Louisburg native, as well as Cork football legend Dinny Long and also Kerry’s first ever All-Star, Donie O’Sullivan.

Don’t miss this very special broadcast with Mayo legend Paddy Prendergast, brought to you by Henry McGlade on iMayo TV, Sky Showcase Channel 191 on Thursday, May 27, and repeated again on Tuesday at 12.30 p.m.