Galway GAA sporting legend Pádraic Joyce, one of Galway’s gifted players of his generation and two-time All-Ireland winner, will headline a panel discussion on Today FM’s The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Monday the 22nd of August on the pioneering documentary ‘Mending Legends’. Commissioned by Galway UNESCO City of Film, in partnership with CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices that is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the documentary explores the devastating physical and psychological impact of tendon injuries amongst athletes. The film also meets the team of Galway-based CÚRAM researchers who are trying to design a new type of tendon implant – in the form of the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype, which could mark a groundbreaking change for the world of sport.
The Galway GAA and International Rules star Pádraic Joyce will be joined by a stellar line up of panelists including TG4 Rugbaí Beo and Sports Presenter, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Diana Gaspar, Doctoral Candidate under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis who is an investigator in CÚRAM, on Matt Cooper’s Last Word to discuss the documentary, which will be premiered during Science Week in November 2016. Galway Science and Technology Festival, during the Science Foundation Ireland supported National Science Week in 2016.
GAA star Pádraic Joyce shares his first-hand experience of the devastating grief that tendon injuries bore for him during his successful sports career in an extremely a moving and powerful interview in the documentary.
This insightful documentary highlights CÚRAM’s world-class research that could mark a hugely positive development for sports stars of the future. Matt Cooper will be speaking with the panel after the 5.30pm news bulletin on Monday 22nd August – make sure to tune in to Today FM to hear more about the documentary and it’s findings.
Produced by James Ryan of Stationhouse Media and directed by Paul Webster, ‘Mending Legends’ is presented by sports fanatic and seasoned TG4 sports presenter, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill. The poignant personal experiences of amateur and professional sports stars from the fields of GAA, rugby and golf are documented, as well as a visit to the Curragh Racecourse to explore the frustrating impact of tendon injury on race horses.
The expert team of scientists involved in this field of research, including the leader of the ‘Tendon Therapy Train Project’ Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis at CÚRAM in NUI Galway, highlight the progressive attitudes towards scientific research in Ireland – and what it could mean to the world of sport.
‘Mending Legends’ is one of two documentaries commissioned under this new Science on Screen strand of programming. The other documentary, ‘Feats of Modest Valour’, will investigate three individuals’ challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s, co-produced by Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell. The two 26 minute documentaries will premiere at Galway Science and Technology Festival, during the Science Foundation Ireland-supported National Science Week in 2016.