There’s nothing “orthodox” about professional boxer “Gael Force” Oisín Fagan. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he traveled to the United States on a football/soccer scholarship to earn himself an education in journalism and physical education. But the harsh realities of life in America at the dawn of the twenty-first century drove the young graduate to other pursuits. Like so many restless young Irishmen before him, he had to carve out a place for himself with his fists and quickly became a champion fighter at an age when other fighters begin considering retirement – all the while working as a school teacher in some of America’s most underprivileged communities.
Oisín: A Warrior’s Story is more than just another film about an Irish fighter; it’s a meditation on the warrior spirit and examines what it means to be a patriot in a globalized world. Filled with interviews from friends, family, fighters, trainers and others, include Michael Carruth, a southpaw from Dublin who became Ireland’s first male Olympic gold medalist, as well as Martin Rogan the notorious Belfast heavyweight who defeated Olympic gold medalist, Audley Harrison in 2008, and many more. The documentary traces Fagan’s journey from the tough streets of Dublin to the boxing Meccas of Las Vegas and New York going beyond the glamour of the ring, to the hidden battles within a man in pursuit of becoming a true Irish warrior.