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10th Dec 2019

There was a strong reaction to In League With Gaddafi on RTÉ last night

Rudi Kinsella

In League With Gaddafi

When we say this documentary has it all, we really mean it.

RTÉ One aired the documentary In League With Gaddafi on Monday night and, as expected, it garnered quite the reception.

The story behind it is quite incredible. In 1989, a League of Ireland selection, managed by the legendary Brian Kerr and comprised of players from Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic, travelled to Libya to play a game against the national team at a time when the Gadaffi regime was dominant.

The documentary is heavily propped up by RTÉ archival footage, as well as interviews with players who made the trip and, of course, Brian Kerr himself.

Although the documentary is about football at its core, it also excellently depicts Ireland in the 1980s while also looking at the links between Provisional IRA and Gadaffi.

And as is expected with such a brilliant documentary, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

Plenty of people took to social media to praise director Kevin Brannigan’s work:

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