Four episodes from the series will air in total, with Episode One airing on June 1st at 9 pm and then on each Monday through the month.
The series features four celebrated GAA stars including Mayo and Breaffy footballer Aidan O’Shea, Donegal and Glenswilly footballer Michael Murphy, Wexford and Faythe Harriers hurler Lee Chin and Tipperary and Borris-Ileigh hurler Brendan Maher.
Throughout the series, the players are challenged with swapping their GAA skillsets to learn the ins and outs of American Football, Rugby, Ice Hockey and Cricket.
Mayo star Aidan O’Shea was one of the players to take on the Toughest Trade, facing some of the best young athletes at the NFL combine. The combine is a test of speed, strength and agility which truly pushes the few to their limits as they try to beat the odds and make it to the NFL.
“I’m delighted that AIB are bringing the series back to TV as it was such a memorable experience,” said O’Shea.
“To see GAA sport and culture introduced to athletes from other parts of the world is something truly unique. And, at the same time, the challenge of learning a new sport as a lifelong GAA player was a very humbling yet rewarding experience.”
“The show highlights the importance of strength, support and togetherness that I believe is evident in GAA communities throughout Ireland. I’m thrilled to have been a part of the series and can’t wait to re-live it.”
“AIB has a long-standing relationship with the GAA that stretches back almost 30 years,” added Michael Dargan, Head of Consumer Marketing.
“In normal circumstances, we would recently have celebrated our association with the 2020 GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championships. The impact of Covid-19 has prevented us from doing so for the time being, but we in AIB are as proud as ever of our involvement with the GAA.”
“The essence of GAA is that it equips its players, coaches, clubs and communities rise to whatever challenges they face. The players involved in AIB’s The Toughest Trade demonstrated this proving their resilience when transplanted as amateur sportspeople into a professional environment.”
“AIB sees The Toughest Trade as a celebration of the ethos of GAA and are delighted to re-release the series at a time when we are all missing the games that should have been.”
While O’Shea was in America, former Miami Dolphin Roberto Wallace came to Mayo to try and master Gaelic Football and to immerse himself in the parish and club. His steep learning curve culminates in a match against Breaffy’s rivals Parke in which he featured as full-forward and captain.
O’Shea’s episode of The Toughest Trade is set to air on Monday, June 8th.
Meanwhile, Episode One, airing on June 1st, will see Tipp hurler Brendan Maher swap roles with former England cricketer Steve Harmison. The final two episodes will feature Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Wexford’s Lee Chin, airing on June 15th and 22nd, respectively.
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