Monday 24 July 2017

Christy has it covered

THERE was no Clare Shout, just a heartfelt 'thank you' from author Christy O'Connor, whose insightful and unique perspective of a year in the life of the St Joseph's Doora-Barefield GAA Club won the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year award, WRITES LIAM KELLY.

O'Connor's 'The Club' chronicles the 2009 campaign by St Joseph's and spares nothing in its honesty. It was a year that started in tragedy with the death of O'Connor's daughter Roisin and club stalwart Ger Hoey within a few days of each other, and a year in which the club sought to recover and restore past glories.

'The Club' was on the shortlist of five, whittled down from an original entry of 25, and it came out tops, ahead of John Giles' 'A Football Man' and Declan Lynch's 'Days of Heaven'.

"When I decided to write this book, I wanted to pay tribute to my daughter Roisin and former team-mate Ger Hoey, both of whom passed away in the space of a week. I also wanted to portray the essence of what defines us in the club, which required me to be as honest as I possibly could be," said O'Connor, who attended the award presentation in Dublin yesterday with his wife Olivia.

Half the royalties from the sale of the book will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation and to Croi.

Irish Independent

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