One of the greatest modern-era players to pull on the camogie jersey for Kilkenny, Anne Dalton is set to feature in the latest season of Laochra Gael on TG4.
The St. Lachtains’ clubwoman has been on the losing side more than the winning side when it comes to All-Ireland deciders. Having lost her first three finals, 2016 saw Kilkenny break a 22-year drought by beating Cork in front of a bumper crowd in Croke Park to claim the O’Duffy Cup and see Kilkenny realise the potential they had been showing for years, largely with Dalton at the centre of that action.
Incredibly, the next three years would end in defeat too before the Cats, and Dalton, would lift the O’Duffy Cup again, this time in December 2020 at the expense of Galway in a near-empty Croke Park under COVID restrictions. The six-time All-Star would call time on her inter-county career a month later, albeit she did make a return to the Kilkenny panel as a stand-in goalkeeper to replace the injured Emma Kavanagh in late 2021.
These are just two moments from a playing career that will form part of Anne Dalton’s story when Laochra Gael returns to TG4 screens later this month for a 21st series.
The hour-long episode will shine a spotlight on the life and playing days of Anne Dalton while also featuring her wife and former Waterford player Karen Kelly, Daragh Ó Conchúir, Grace Walsh, Ann Downey, Cork’s Rena Buckley, family members and more.
It’s one of eight stories to be told this season with the series also set to feature Galway’s Joe Canning, Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony, Mayo footballer Tom Parsons, Waterford’s Áine Wall, Tipperary great Liam Sheedy and Donegal footballer Anthony Molloy before concluding with the story of Cork footballer Noel O’Leary, one of the true hard men of football.
Laochra Gael Season 21 Air Dates
- Programme 1: Joe Canning, 9.30pm, Thursday 26th January
- Programme 2: Aidan O’Mahony, 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd Februrary
- Programme 3: Anne Dalton, 9.30pm, Thursday 9th February
- Programme 4: Tom Parsons, 9.30pm, Thursday 16th February
- Programme 5: Áine Wall, 9.30pm, Thursday 23rd February
- Programme 6: Liam Sheedy, 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd March
- Programme 7: Anthony Molloy, 9.30pm, Thursday 9th March
- Programme 8: Noel O’Leary, 9.30pm, Thursday 16th March