Setanta Sports have announced details of a documentary about Ramelton native - the legendary Dave Gallaher.
The documentary will be screened on Tuesday, February 10, at 9:30pm and will be free to air so that viewers do not need to be Setanta Sports customers to be able to see the programme.
‘The Donegal All Black’ looks at the life of Gallaher and his influence n rugby in Zealand. It has been created by Midas productions and documents the early life of Gallaher from his upbringing in Donegal to the legacy he left as captain of the New Zealand rugby team.
It is a 70-minute biographical documentary film about the epic life of Gallaher, who arrived in New Zealand in 1878.
Overcoming adversity in his early years he ended up captaining the All Blacks in their 1905 British tour and also paying the ultimate price for his adoptive country on the battlefields of Flanders in World War One.
The decision of his father James Gallaher to leave Ireland changed the face of world rugby forever.
The film takes the viewer through his incredible life, which would also see Dave become a decorated war hero and embrace captaincy.
Contributors such as Sir Graham Henry, Richie McCaw, Tana Umaga, describe the influence that this man had on the game of rugby, from his early days with Ponsonby RFC, to captaining the 1905 New Zealand team where the first Haka’s were seen.
This team would leave the Southern Hemisphere with the moniker “Colonials” and return with the name ‘All Blacks’, which would from that moment onwards become an iconic name in World Rugby.
So profound an influence would Dave Gallagher have on the All-Black legacy, that the modern team would visit Letterkenny in 2005 to pay homage to his birthplace.
The film then describes how this visit would then lead to a remarkable renaissance of the sport in the county of his birth more than a century after he left Ireland.
Containing stunning archive footage never before been seen in Ireland, re-enactments of key moments in his incredible life, and interviews with other rugby legends such as Anton Oliver and Doug Howlett ‘The Donegal All Black’ celebrates Dave Gallaher’s leadership, fairness, loyalty, innate team spirit and selfless sacrifice.
It is these characteristics, which have become inspirational to others and explain why Dave Gallaher, immigrant, adventurer, captain, soldier, rugby player and a man of honour, has become such an icon for generations despite living only a relatively short lifespan.
Produced by Midas Productions on behalf of Setanta Ireland with the support of The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.