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Ex-footballer Marcus publishes first novel

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:20

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Author and ex-Dundalk player, Marcus Dailly with his wife Cliona and son Cillian.

EX-footballer Marcus Dailly, who played for Dundalk FC, has just published his debut novel 'A Fate Better Than Life' which is set in his native Dundee.

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Ex-footballer Marcus Dailly, who played for Dundalk FC, has just published his debut novel 'A Fate Better Than Life' which is set in his native Dundee.

Marcus came here on loan from Dundee FC for a couple of months towards the end of the 1995 season.

'Dundalk were league champions at the time and I was sent here to get a bit of experience,' he recalled. 'They wanted me to stay on but I ended up going back to Dundee.'

After a couple of seasons with Dundee and playing football in England, a career change beckoned for Marcus who went on to study English and Psychology at the University of Dundee.

It was there he met his wife Cliona O'Brien who is from Ard Easmuinn. 'We got chatting and discovered that we both had Dundalk in common.'

Marcus worked for a while as a journalist and has been teaching for the past nine years.

'We now live in Dublin and I've been teaching there for the past six years,' he said.

The couple, who have two young children – Cillian, who is nearly three years, and six-week-old Ellen – are regular visitors to Dundalk where Cliona's parents still live.

'We come down most weekends and it's very close to Oriel Park,' said Marcus, adding that he intends catching a match there soon to see how his former pupil Keith Ward, whom he taught in Swords, is getting on.

'I still follow League of Ireland football and like to see how Dundalk are doing.'

Writing a novel was a long held ambition for Marcus and he is delighted to see 'A Fate Better than Life' in print.

Although the book is set in Dundee, he says the characters are universal.

'It's about these two old guys who look through the death columns of their local newspaper to see what funerals they can go to. It's a sort of 'Wedding Crashers' with a twist.'

The book is available through Amazon and Marcus is delighted that it is also being stocked by Waterstones in Scotland.

'I've had decent feedback so far,' he says modestly.

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