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McConville's life and times

Oisin McConville
Oisin McConville won an All-Ireland medal with Armagh in 2002

Season Ticket presents a special profile on Armagh and Crossmaglen Gaelic footballer Oisin McConville on Wednesday, December 2 on BBC1 NI at 2245 GMT.

The 34-year-old retired McConville had scored more points than any other Ulster player up until he was passed by Derry's Paddy Bradley last season.

However, behind the glory of Ulster championships, club heroics and an All-Ireland medal with Armagh in 2002, is a troubled personal life with an ongoing battle with a gambling problem.

Presenter Thomas Niblock looks at McConville's past, his battle against addiction and what the future holds for the two-time All Star.

Interviews with Joe Kernan, Mick O'Dywer, Steven McDonnell, Benny Tierney, Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper present a comprehensive view of McConville.

Season Ticket also listens to the views of other sporting stars such as DJ Carey on how they find McConville away from Gaelic football.

The McConville family are also featured as they focus on Oisin's personal crusade against a crippling gambling disease which almost cost the Armagh star his life.

Four years ago, McConville spent 13 weeks at a rehabilitation centre in Galway and he makes that trip once again for the Season Ticket cameras.

This is just one element of a fascinating insight into the life of one of the most recognisable faces in Irish sport.

• If you would like to see any of the features that Season Ticket has produced, you can call up the video action at the press of a button. Go to our Library for past programmes.

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