sports book list
Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy launched his autobiography What do you think of that? in Tralee last night and got an early bonus when learning that it is among the nominations for the eir Sports Sports Book of the Year.
Waterford hurler Ken McGrath also features with his Hand on Heart while the autobiography of Tyrone defender Cathal McCarron, Out of Control, is also listed.
Two former Irish rugby stars, Paul O'Connell and Donal Lenihan, are also included for their books, The Battle and My Life in Rugby.
The final shortlist will be announced on November 28.
Long list: Win or Learn - John Kavanagh with Paul Dollery; The Battle - Paul O'Connell; Blood, Sweat & McAteer -Jason McAteer; The Best is Yet to Come - Alan O'Mara; Spirit of '58 - Evan Marshall; Full Throttle - Liam Beckett; Coolmore Stud - Alan Conway; Jack Charlton: The Authorised Biography - Colin Young; My Life In Rugby - Donal Lenihan; Front Up, Rise Up - Gerry Thornley; The Heart and Soul of Kerry Football - Weeshie Fogarty; Walking Tall - Rob Heffernan; Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport - John McAuliffe; Out Of Control - Cathal McCarron with Christy O'Connor; What do you think of that? - Kieran Donaghy; Retired: What happens to footballers when the game's up? - Alan Gernon; Blood, sweat, triumph and tears - John Scally; Hand on Heart - Ken McGrath & Michael Moynihan; Second City - Neal Horgan; Man test: The misadventures of an endurance fanatic - Graham Little