Sport

The Game listed by Irish Independent

Lovely to see The Game on the Irish Independent list of: ‘The best books to read on your summer holidays’ Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh said: ‘Coakley helped me rediscover the soul of sport, while painting a rich tapestry of pivotal sporting moments in his own life. [The Game] is brave, deceptively deep, full of life lessons, and introspection in between trips to games. The dark side of sport is dissected, too … It’s all wrapped up in an unavoidable poignancy.’ Full list of books here.

Praise for The Game

I’m so grateful for the generosity of other writers, and for the kind words they have said about The Game.   Some of the praise it has received: Donal Ryan: ‘This is a towering work. … The essays ‘Miracles’ and ‘Kisses’ are two of the most beautiful, poignant and heartfelt pieces of writing I’ve ever read. Tadhg is clear-eyed, intelligent, and unrelentingly honest about the darkness that pervades the business of sport and its capacity to arouse our basest instincts … He asks the hardest of questions and delivers unflinchingly honest answers. This is no paean … it is a brilliantly forensic and startlingly objective account of the ways that sport at once transcends, debases and delineates our humanity. Tadhg admits to feeling like an outsider but he is firmly and undeniably in the inner circle of the great sportswriters. And he is clearly, though he’d probably deny it, the truest

Interview in The Echo

Big thanks to Gráinne McGuinness for her piece in ‘The Echo’ about The Game, it was lovely to chat with her. You can read it in full here.     

Interview with Oliver Callan on Ryan Tubridy Show

I really enjoyed my interview with Oliver Callan on the Ryan Tubridy Show about The Game.   Oliver, producer Jack Murphy and everyone at Cork RTÉ studios couldn’t have been more professional and nicer.   You can listen back to it here (18 minutes). 

The Game is in the bookshops!

The Game is in the bookshops! Here’s me signing copies in Waterstones Cork, always a special moment, when first you see your book in a bookshop. Support your local bookshop! Buy books!

Launch of The Game!

The Game will be launched on June 2, in Waterstone’s Cork at 6:30 pm with Danny Denton. All invited! Thanks so much to Danny and John Breen and all the staff in Waterstones.

Cover Reveal of The Game!

I’m thrilled with the cover of my forthcoming book The Game: a Journey into the Heart of Sport from Merrion Press in May. The cover was designed by Fiachra McCarthy of Fiachra McCarthy Design  and it features a photo of me taken by my brother Dermot in Banna Strand, c. 1974. The book is now available to pre-order from your local bookshop or online  from Merrion Press and the usual outlets.  

Launch of Denis Hurley book Cork Hurling: Game of My Life

I was delighted to launch Denis Hurley’s book Cork Hurling: Game of My Life with Denis in the lovely Cork Waterstone’s in Patrick Street. It was a really enjoyable event, especially after the tough two years we have put in, losing out on so much. Thanks to Denis and Liam Hayes from Hero Books for asking me to be there. There was a great crowd there including several hurlers who feature in the book. It’s a great book, I recommend it highly and it’s now available in all good bookshops. Here are some photos of the night, taken by the great John Breen of Waterstone’s.