Lisa Fallon has been getting a lot of praise after her appearance on last night’s Late Late Show as she opened up about one of the most terrifying incidents of her life.
The sports legend told Ryan of a time in her teenage years when she was walking home from a night out in 1995 when she was held by a man and driven to a remote field in his car.
“He drove to a field and I remember all I could see was this gate in front of the car, and it had a bar missing. I just remember thinking “I can get through that gate, I can get through that gap in the gate”,” Lisa said.
Explaining how she made an attempt to escape, the man caught her and dragged her back to the car, threatening to kill her as she had gotten a glimpse of his face.
“I didn’t want him to know who I was. I promised him that I couldn’t remember his face and I just convinced him that if he would just let me go, I wouldn’t tell anybody, and he did,” she added.
Lisa went on to say that it took her a long time to get over the horrific incident and noted that something like this “changes you as a person”, explaining that it took her a long time to wear a dress again to go to the hairdressers as she hated people touching her hair like that man had.
Viewers on Twitter were taken back by the sports analyst’s interview and praised her for speaking out and for her bravery.
One person wrote: “Lisa Fallon. Inspiration to us all. Not just young girls, females. Not just the footballing circles, but again…to us all.”
Another said: “Have to commend Lisa Fallon for being such a powerful woman not just in the world of sport but in the everyday world as well. What a harrowing experience. Can’t imagine the fear she must have felt in that car and in that field of thistles. Her bravery is admirable.”
A third wrote: “Lisa Fallon is a credit to Ireland – a gifted communicator who gives all who read/hear her an incredible insight into the game and into life. Would stand in the snow to listen to her.”
A fourth said: “Lisa Fallon is impressive talented & humble, hats off.”