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From the Bunker

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Re: GAA books
« Reply #240 on: November 29, 2018, 02:40:02 PM »
Cora

https://www.google.ie/amp/www.the42.ie/cora-staunton-autobiography-named-irish-sports-book-of-the-year-4363598-Nov2018/%3famp=1

A unbelievable talent! She has thrown her hand at Soccer, Rugby and Aussie Rules. Her medal collection is scary. Her biggest downfall has been she has often played as an individual in a team sport.

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« Reply #241 on: December 11, 2018, 02:36:52 PM »
Any reviews of the tim pat mccoogan book, the gaa and the war of independence?
dont see much else on the gaa front for christmas

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« Reply #242 on: December 11, 2018, 03:38:14 PM »
Cora

https://www.google.ie/amp/www.the42.ie/cora-staunton-autobiography-named-irish-sports-book-of-the-year-4363598-Nov2018/%3famp=1

A unbelievable talent! She has thrown her hand at Soccer, Rugby and Aussie Rules. Her medal collection is scary. Her biggest downfall has been she has often played as an individual in a team sport.
When did Cora have her downfall? after she won all those allstars and all those AI club and county medals?

Surely you're not taking about falling all the way down to Australia to play aussie ball ;D

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« Reply #243 on: October 21, 2021, 01:40:13 PM »
Aidan O Mahony's book shortlisted for Sports book of the year
Shane Carty's also on the list

Mickey Harte has a 3rd book out.

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« Reply #244 on: October 21, 2021, 04:05:39 PM »
Appreciate its not a Gaa book but he did play for Cooley, but Rob Kearney’s book last year was absolute dross. Someone got me it for Christmas. I wasn’t surprised when I heard that it only shifted a few thousand copies. It was a recall of games played, no insight into the man on any level. Did nothing to dispel the theory that there wasn’t much going on between the two ears.

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« Reply #245 on: October 21, 2021, 04:45:52 PM »
O’Mahony decent  enough player, but not someone that would stand out as having  an interesting story to tell. Rory Kavansgh too, although the McGuinness era might be interesting.

It’s strange because players rarely let themselves be known to fans/media in their playing career. Interviews are bland, say nothing affairs, no room for quirky answers or a bit of off the cuff remarks, snippets of life in the camp etc. Then when they retire, they try to sell a book based on a decade of dull interviews and a bland demeanour in front of the cameras.

By the way, who are Shane Carty and Rob Kearney?

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« Reply #246 on: October 21, 2021, 04:48:14 PM »
Aidan O Mahony's book shortlisted for Sports book of the year
Shane Carty's also on the list

Mickey Harte has a 3rd book out.

Think if you mention “demons” or mental health, as they all do nowadays you will be on all the shortlists. O’Mahony would eat himself if he could

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« Reply #247 on: October 21, 2021, 04:50:58 PM »
Aidan O Mahony's book shortlisted for Sports book of the year
Shane Carty's also on the list

Mickey Harte has a 3rd book out.

Think if you mention “demons” or mental health, as they all do nowadays you will be on all the shortlists. O’Mahony would eat himself if he could

 ;D ;D
He wont like reading that here

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« Reply #248 on: October 22, 2021, 03:32:22 PM »
O’Mahony decent  enough player, but not someone that would stand out as having  an interesting story to tell. Rory Kavansgh too, although the McGuinness era might be interesting.

It’s strange because players rarely let themselves be known to fans/media in their playing career. Interviews are bland, say nothing affairs, no room for quirky answers or a bit of off the cuff remarks, snippets of life in the camp etc. Then when they retire, they try to sell a book based on a decade of dull interviews and a bland demeanour in front of the cameras.

By the way, who are Shane Carty and Rob Kearney?

Yet Rory Kavanagh's book was really good (he partnered with Liam Hayes to write it, if I remember correctly). Not just for the McGuinness years, but for his insight into all that went on in the years before it.

I guess not every county lends itself to the tales of carefree mayhem followed by rigid monastic intensity that 2000s into 2010s Donegal senior team did, but on O'Mahoney's part, he has some potentially interesting insights to provide, both for his own personal exploits on the field (good and bad) and at team level. I'd be interested in hearing his own account of the marking job he did on Michael Murphy in the 2014 final, for example. Or the Donnacha O'Connor "strike" incident.

Whether the book is good or not will depend, as all such bios do, on how much he's willing to open up.
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