Other Writing

The Enduring Beauty of Roger Federer

I wrote a piece marking the retirement of Roger Federer for The Irish Examiner. Also shorts about World Cup 2022 in Qatar and Dave Hannigan’s new book about Muhammad Ali. You can read it here.  

Mo Laethanta Saoire, The Irish Examiner

My piece: ‘Mo Laethanta Saoire: vital life lessons from Ballybunion’s surf, amusements and Bunyan’s shop’ was published in the Irish Examiner. You can read it here.  Some photos here.  

Extracts from The Game Published Elsewhere

Thanks to all those publications who published extracts to The Game. You can read them all below: From the essay ‘Kisses’ in The Irish Times Magazine.  From the essay ‘Ekstasis’ in The42.ie and The Journal. From the essay ‘Dark Passions’ (updated) in The Sunday Independent. From the essay ‘Initiations – Longing to Belong’ in The Irish Examiner. From the essay ‘A Place Beyond Words’ on the RTÉ website. 

Article on legendary sportswriter Brendan Mooney

It was a privilege to write about the laying to rest of the eminent sportswriter Brendan Mooney for the Irish Examiner. It was a humbling event, lit up with love. You can read it here.    Photo of Sonia O’Sullivan with Ann Mooney at the funeral of her husband and former ‘Irish Examiner’ sports reporter Brendan Mooney at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney

Essay Published in the Journal of Sports Literature

A new essay of mine ‘A Place Beyond Words’ has been published in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 issue of Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature which was issued in March 2022.  Aethlon is a publication of the Sports Literature Association, which is centred at East Tennessee State University. It’s a print journal published twice yearly and publishes works about sport and sport literature, including original fiction and poetry, juried scholarly and critical essays, and book reviews. My essay is about the intersections between art and sport and features in my upcoming book,  The Game which will be published by Merrion Press. More information about my book here. More information about Aethlon here. 

Time for another sports diet… maybe next week

Column in the The Irish Examiner about how much sport I consume. Featuring TJ Reid, Claire Melia, Tom Brady, Jonathan Wilson,  Raymond Carver, Jorge Valdano and Catherine Tate. You can read it here. 

My tribute to Canon Michael O’Brien published in The Irish Examiner

I was delighted that my personal tribute to Canon Michael O’Brien was published in The Irish Examiner. ‘The Canon’ coached  me on six teams between 1979 and 1984. The tribute revolves around The Fitzgibbon Cup of 1983 hosted by The Ulster University at Coleraine. You can read it here. Photo taken in Bellaghy after the win, courtesy of Mick Lyons. That’s me behind the cup.