In brief: Giles set for Christmas number one as autobiography hits top of the charts
A Football Man, the new autobiography of John Giles (pictured right) recently serialised in the Sunday Independent, went to the top of the Irish bestseller charts last week.
Written in collaboration with Declan Lynch of the Sunday Independent, it overtook Jamie Oliver at the top of the hardback non-fiction category in Ireland, and it was the biggest selling book in the country overall.
With A Football Man now on sale in Britain, there have also been several highly complimentary features about the book on the great midfielder, hailing it as "among the year's best sports autobiographies, rich in anecdotes, wisdom, and candour".
The enduring popularity of the RTE pundit has led to marathon book-signings in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Cork, a wave of goodwill and enthusiasm, which has convinced publishers Hachette Ireland that it has a home-grown Christmas number one on its hands. The book has also been nominated for the Irish Book Awards, the winners of which will be announced on November 25.
"I think it proves that John is one of the few major public figures in Ireland who retains the respect and the affection of the people," said co-author Declan Lynch.
Restaurant scoops top dining award
Le Bon Crubeen, the stylish brasserie bar that has lifted the spirits of Talbot Street, Dublin 1, has added yet another accolade it its impressive record. It has been voted the 'Best Casual Dining Restaurant' in the prestigious restaurant of the year awards for 2010.
'The Bon', as it is known to its many regular patrons, has proved that good food and drink at affordable prices will always draw the crowds.
New book for treating injured players
An expert surgeon, whose emergency intervention is credited with saving the life of Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy, has co-written a unique handbook on managing the care of injured sports persons on the field of play.
Sports Emergencies: Management Scenarios, researched and written by Professor John M O'Byrne and Brian M Devitt, is a practical, easy-to-use guide to help ensure that physicians, parents and spectators, at all sporting events, have sufficient information to manage sport emergencies.
Published by Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, it costs €36.67 and is available online through amazon.co.uk or other online bookstores.
Charity MAXtravaganza this Friday
The 'MAXtravaganza' 2010 ball is on this Friday at the Fitzpatrick's Killiney Castle Hotel, organised, as ever, by Darina Ni Chuinneagain and Declan Donnelly. TV3's Aisling O'Loughlin and Lisa Fitzpatrick are MC-ing the night in aid of the Baby Max Wings Of Love Fund. All monies raised go to buying vital hospital equipment.
There will be a fashion show by Couleur Productions and entertainment provided by Paul Harrington, The Ennis Twins and Una Gibney's 'Boogie Nights'.
Bolger play returns for a limited run
The Parting Glass, Dermot Bolger's one-man play about a returned emigrant's experience in contemporary Ireland, is back for a limited run tonight at the Wood Quay Venue in Dublin and from Tuesday to Friday at the Axis, Ballymun, Dublin 9.