Donny Mahoney Aim High: Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks


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Author: Donny Mahoney

Date Published: 19-Oct-2020

From big names in football like Roy Keane and George Best, to less well-known trailblazers like Anne O'Brien, meet the Irish men and women who aimed high in sports they loved to become some of Ireland's most extraordinary sportspeople. Packed into this fascinating book, you'll find stars of GAA like Cora Staunton and Christy Ring, and those who compete around the world like Katie Taylor and surfer Easkey Britton. World-class runner Sonia O'Sullivan, rugby phenomenon Brian O'Driscoll, rally driver Rosemary Smith and sprinter Rhasidat Adeleke are all here alongside Patrick O'Connell (the only Irishman to ever manage FC Barcelona) and boxer Francie Barrett, the first Traveller to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. These are inspiring stories of athletes from across Ireland who prove that sport is about more than just talent - it's also about drive, hard work and believing in yourself.

About the Author
Donny Mahoney is a writer and journalist. He was born in America and has lived in Ireland since 2004. He is one of the co-founders of the website, where he works today.
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This book introduces us to sporting legends from as far back as the 1780s up to today's leading Irish athletes, highlighting those who have become legends in this country and those whose impact has been global. The breadth of sports covered is vast, from popular sports such as GAA, soccer and rugby, to less widely practised sports such as road bowling and surfing. A must for all future Irish sports stars

* Children's Books Ireland *

The stellar line-up featured in illustrated mini-biographies is likely to inspire sports starts of the future

* Evening Echo *

The writing was amazing, but the illustrations were unbelievable!!! Everyone looked so real! My favourite stories were Cora Staunton and Katie Taylor because I thought they were written the best. I also loved the teams at the end and the multi-sport page ... an amazing book. I would recommend it for 8-16 year olds but it is a book that anyone can read. Overall, I thought this book was fantastic and I would rate it nine and a half out of ten. By Lucy. aged 10, 5th Class, Divine Word NS, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

* Seomra Ranga *

A valuable collection-cum-tribute to our outstanding sportspeople over the last hundred years

* Irish Examiner *

Sportspeople from the Rebel County are also to the fore among the subjects of Aim High ... stellar line-up featured in illustrated mini-biographies is sure to inspire sports stars of the future and includes Skibbereen rowers the O'Donovan brothers, and Cobh's Sonia O'Sullivan

* The Holly Bough *

Fantastic children's book ... an ideal Christmas present ... the illustration is ... top quality

* MidWest Radio's Sports Show *

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