From the Press Box

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  • “A concise, ideal history of sports in Ireland. Written with a melody of language.” —Mossy Kennedy
  • With a foreword by Olympic gold medal-winner Sonia O'Sullivan

Meet The Author

Peter Byrne has been at the forefront of Irish sports journalism for fifty years and has won several national awards for his coverage of football, athletics and boxing. He wrote extensively on all three sports for the Irish Times in a career that took him to all the major events, including the Olympic Games and football and rugby World Cups. His books include My Part of the Day, a personal recollection of national and international sport, and A History of the Irish Athletic Dispute. He also collaborated with Jack Charlton on his autobiography and 1990 and 1994 World Cup Diaries. An occasional broadcaster, he currently serves as president of the Association of Sports Journalists in Ireland.

In From the Press Box, Peter Byrne gives the reader a ringside seat to the key sporting clashes of the past seventy years, beginning with the Republic of Ireland’s historic match against England at Dalymount Park in 1948 (which was followed by a state reception for the England team, hosted by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera) and ending with the crowning of Kilkenny as All-Ireland hurling champions in 2012.

Byrne writes superbly on all of Ireland’s sporting heroes of recent times, including greats such as Ronnie Delaney, Roy Keane and Brian O’Driscoll. All the major sports are covered, from Gaelic football, hurling and soccer to athletics, rugby and cricket. Relive the high points of Ireland’s sporting history in the presence of one of this country’s master sportswriters, a forty-year veteran of the Irish Times who was also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the News of the World.

Weight 0.482 kg