The Book of Sporting Heroes

This is a beautifully illustrated, highly entertaining, informative book which will appeal to sports fans young and old. It starts with a comprehensive look at soccer in Ireland, from its history to its superstars past and present, before moving onto Gaelic Games which, similarly to soccer, gets ten large pages of Corcoran’s signature style illustrations with striking background scenes and colours.

Our national stadiums, Croke Park and the Aviva stadium get a special mention before we delve into the world of Irish rugby. Trailblazer tagged characters pop-up regularly, including Mick O’Dwyer, Jackie McCarthy-O’Brien and Máire Ní Chinnéide, as do snappy ‘did you know’ boxes which contain fascinating titbits such as ‘the invention of the solo’. We move from rugby into boxing, followed by horse-riding and onwards to the Olympics, Paralympics, and Special Olympics. Cycling is up next and then we are into a Sporting Pioneers two-page spread including Zak Moradi and Maeve Kyle. A Rising Star section follows which starts with Rhasidat Adeleke and continues to show us a diverse range of new sports stars, finishing with GAA superhero David Clifford. From here, we move on to golf, followed by snooker, and finish up with a fun facts section and a quiz, with a space dedicated to writing the story of your own sporting hero.

There truly is something for everyone in this highly recommended book. A book that will be delved into time and time again.

About the Author
Photo - Adrian Russell
Adrian Russell is Digital Sports Editor of the Irish Examiner and author of The Double: How Cork Made GAA History and The Book of Irish Sporting Heroes.
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Book Cover - The Book of Irish Sporting Heroes
Publication Date
October 2023