Fans heaped praise on Liam Griffin last night after the legendary Wexford manager featured on the series finale episode of Laochra Gael.
Griffin famously led the Model County to All-Ireland hurling glory in 1996 and viewers got a trip down memory with last night’s episode on TG4.
He had been inspired by the Rackards and their likes growing up, but Wexford hurling was in dire straits when Griffin took over as senior manager in 1995. It went from bad to worse from the start with heavy defeats and controversy.
In his second year over the Slaneysiders, unbeknownst to anyone he would be stepping down as soon as Wexford were out of the championship because of his wife Mary's illness.
As it happened, they would go all the way in 1996.
Here was some of the reaction on social media during and after last night’s Laochra Gael finale episode:
Well done to all involved, this was a beautiful programme about a beautiful man ... the inspiring, the trail-blazing, the power-house that is Liam Griffin. I’m SO proud to have been involved in ‘96 & I’m even more proud to call Liam my friend. #Wexford 💜💛 https://t.co/uWDCZlY2Hw— Niamh Fitzpatrick (@NFitzPsychology) April 30, 2021
#LaochraGael another fantastic episode. I got 2 know Liam Griffin through work with the CPA. He never mentioned his achievements with Wexford and if pressed spoke about them in a massively humble way. It was never about him and it continues to not be about him. An amazing man and— Anthony Moyles (@moylesiea) April 29, 2021
An excellent episode of @Laochra_Gael this evening 👏👏@Vincent_Hogan reckoned Liam Griffin was ‘a hurling evangelist’. Brilliant Manager & a brilliant squad @NFitzPsychology Would be nice to see them being honoured in Croke Park later in the year, 25 years on @officialgaa https://t.co/PVsAT8I9wc— Brendan (@Brendanb27) April 29, 2021
That was a highly emotional and entertaining show, loved Liam Dunne's quote on Griffin leading @OfficialWexGAA to that famous All-Ireland victory in '96; "We got to the Holy Grail and we were led by the Holy man himself" 👏👌 #LiamGriffin #Legend great stuff @SportTG4 #GAA— Gavin Whelan (@WhelanGavin) April 29, 2021
Another enthralling episode of Laochra Gael tonight. Liam Griffin a v affable and likeable person. Lovely to see one's affection for his native place. Anything is possible with hard work and belief. Maith sibh arís tg4— Ailbe O Raghallaigh (@ailbeoreilly) April 29, 2021
Laochra Gael on Liam Griffin, then watched AP McCoy film. Great insight into what is required to win— Aidy McCallion (@AidyMcCallion) April 29, 2021
What a great man Liam Griffin is.His passion for Wexford hurling is incredible and he gave me memories to take to the grave.A true leader and inspiration in all respects and as humble as the day is long.Thanks for 1996 and to @SportTG4 for brilliant TV #LaochraGael #Wexford— Paul Doyle (@pauldoyle200) April 29, 2021
I've just watched laochra gael tonight and it was Liam Griffin who was the star tonight. It was a fantastic show, he is a legend and a great example of what the GAA is all about and the great people we have in our association 👏👏— Whitebap (@Whitebap1) April 30, 2021