Skip to product information
1 of 2

Irish Sporting Lives

Irish Sporting Lives

Regular price €15.00 EUR
Regular price Sale price €15.00 EUR
Sale Sold out

Serial winners and glorious losers, heroes and villains, trailblazing women, role models and rogues, all are here; so too are audacious sporting founders, enduring legends and forgotten or overlooked greats. Through a selection of sixty lives from the Dictionary of Irish Biography, this book celebrates the diversity of Irish sporting history.

The Dictionary of Irish Biography is a project of the Royal Irish Academy. It tells the island’s life story through the biographies, at home and overseas, of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland. The online edition of the Dictionary of Irish Biography now features nearly 11,000 lives and continues to grow.

Product details


Publication Date:November 11, 2022

Number of pages:416


'A joy...the lesser told stories are a treat'

The Irish Times, Mary Hannigan, 10 November 2022: Irish Sporting Lives filling the void with vital history of sportswomen From a Nazi-supporting racer to Ireland’s greatest woman golfer, stories of intriguing and diverse cast of characters make for a joyful read.. 

Newstalk, 8 January 2023: Take a listen to an interview with the editors and contributor Helena Byrne on Patrick Geoghegan's Talking History podcast

Sport in Irish History Podcast - Turlough O'Riordan, Terry Clavin and Carol Osborne on Irish Sporting Lives

IMAGE magazine - read an extract and meet the editors in 'Author's Bookshelf' 

Books Ireland - interview with Terry Clavin and Turlough O'Riordan - Forgotten heroes, unforgettable failures, the tragic, talented lives cut short – would they feel disappointed to be lost to the archives or do they think they expected to end up there at all?

Croke Park GAA Museum Book Club - Book of the month - Interview with Terry Clavin and Turlough O'Riordan

View full details