New series for young readers celebrates Irish sports stars
Two new books for sports fanatic kids are expected to be released next month from a popular series.
‘Great Irish Sports’ Stars’ is a sports book series from O’Brien Press, with compelling biographies in the series by Colm Cooper, Sonia O’Sullivan and Mayo legend Cora Staunton.
The latest books feature two other Irish sport legends.
The inspiration behind many of Ireland’s greatest days, Shay Given won 134 caps for his country and played in goals for Ireland for 20 years!
Ever since he was a young boy playing soccer with his brothers in the front garden of their home in Donegal, Shay Given dreamed of footballing glory. Leaving home at just sixteen to join Celtic, Shay had to face many challenges to become a world-class goalkeeper. He went on to play for top clubs like Newcastle United and Manchester City, played in the Champions League and was Ireland’s last line of defense in the World Cup and European Championships. The inspiring story in the life of the Republic of Ireland’s longest-serving player.
Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the best-selling wedding planning guide, The Irish Bride’s Survival Guide and her latest book is The Irish Bridesmaid’s Guide. Her first two children’s books, Missing Ellen and Olanna’s Big Day, were both chosen for the White Ravens collection.
Before Jason Sherlock was a Hill 16 icon, he was a basketball, football, and even hurling prodigy. Follow Jason’s journey from estate to Finglas to the top of the Irish sporting world and how he became a Dublin GAA icon as the Boys in Blue won the All-Ireland football final in 1995. It didn’t. always been easy, because Jason had to do it. dealing with racist abuse from an early age. After his inspiring playing career, Jason would go on to become a trusted assistant to Jim Gavin in Dublin’s five-in-a-row race. Find out how a boy from North Dublin found his strength in being different to become a great Gaelic footballer.
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 Balls.ie site, where he works today.
Both books go on sale Monday, September 6. You can pre-order them at https://obrien.ie/childrens/great-irish-sports-stars