A curious collection of true stories from the stranger side of rugby, featuring the the Irish international who arranged his marriage so he could play against England, the team of football players who beat their rugby counterparts at their own game, and the day the entire Wales team was sent off.
Raw, vivid and intensely moving, Philly McMahon's inspirational memoir is many things - an epic story of triumph in the face of adversity and loss, a family saga, a tribute to the redemptive power of sport - but above all it's a stirring meditation on the roles compassion and resilience can play in shaping our lives for the better.
The Dublin Marathon was founded in 1980; since then, `Marathon Weekend' - on the October Bank holiday weekend - has become a fixture on the Irish running calendar as thousands of runners race the 26.2 mile route through the streets of Dublin and the city turns out to support them.
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, the author began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. This title presents his portrait.
Great Moments in Gaelic Football looks back over the decades of legendary players, matches and moments that have contributed to the narrative of one of the Ireland's most exciting sports. A must for Gaelic Football fans wherever they are.