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- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 190mm x 250mm x 24mm | 1,021g
- Publication date: 1 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1845965027
- ISBN 13: 9781845965020
- Illustrations note: Over 120 integrated colour and b/w photos
- Sales rank: 574,963
Since the legend of Cuchulainn, the Irish have always had a fascination with their sporting heroes, with their tales of derring-do, their habit of clinching victory from the jaws of defeat and, of course, with the endless retelling of these stories. In Sporting Legends of Ireland, sportsmen and -women across all disciplines are chronicled, with a focus on those players who, though as skilled and committed as any professional, were for the most part gifted individuals in an amateur world. It includes stories of players and gentlemen in a time when the Celtic Tiger largely passed them by and tells of the first Grand Slam and the Lions tour where the call-up was simply, 'Bring your own shirt.' It also records pivotal moments in Irish sporting history from the perspective of the heroes themselves. Fully illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photographs and including 44 exclusive interviews with key sportspeople, Sporting Legends of Ireland is a stunning document of Irish sporting achievement that will provide many a talking point for fans nationwide.
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Turtle Bunbury is a bestselling author and historian, while James Fennell has emerged as one of Ireland's leading professional photographers. Together they have published a number of acclaimed books, including Vanishing Ireland, The Irish Pub and Living in Sri Lanka.