Former Kildare captain makes TV debut in new series Normal People

April 28, 2020

Kildare's Paul Mescal in action against Dublin's Eric Lowndes during the 2015 Leinster U21FC final. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Former Kildare minor football captain Paul Mescal makes his TV debut in the highly anticipated new series Normal People which airs on Irish television screens for the first time tonight (RTÉ One, 10.15pm).

A 12-part romantic BBC drama based on the 2018 award-winning novel by Irish author Sally Rooney, Maynooth clubman Mescal plays GAA and sports-mad Connell from a small town in the west of Ireland.

The 24-year-old co-stars alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne who Connell falls for during his school days and the pair move to Dublin to study at Trinity College where Mescal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from the Lir Academy in 2017.

Mescal was a highly-rated defender with Kildare and captained the Lilywhites in the 2014 Leinster MFC final against Dublin at Croke Park before progressing to the U21 grade the following year.

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