This book is dedicated to our godchildren: Isabella Rose Nolan, Ted Johnson, Jessica Slingsby, Arthur Johnson, Alice Boyle, John Onions, Charlie Raben, Fonzy Ware, Bay Bunbury, Michaela Raben and Jack Rogers.
This book is dedicated to our eternally beautiful wives, Ally and Jo.
It is also for the wonderful women who brought them into this world – Miriam Moore, without whom the writing of this book would not have been possible, and Linda Connolly.
Sporting legends are always in demand. Everywhere they look there is another person fast-approaching, hoping they might sign an old jersey, star in a reality show, present a school prize, perform in a veteran’s tournament, pose for a photograph, comment on a match, give a speech, patronize a charity. Some have simply upped sticks and relocated to distant lands where they are delighted to be not quite so famous.
As such, considerable assistance was required to make contact with the forty four legends in this book. We would especially like to thank Alan Sweetman, Jack Kyle, Dave Finlay Snr, Ronnie Delany, Mel Christle, Micheál O Muircheartaigh and Mathew Forde for taking the time to help us with our project and counsel us at the miscellaneous turns.
Thanks also to Graeme Blaikie and Claire Rose, for their patient observations on matters mathematical and grammatical, and to Ruth Cunney for her timely advice and for kick-starting the project to begin with.
We would also like to thank the following:
Alan Aherne (Wexford People)
Baltray Golf Club,
Anne Marie Barnes,
Thomas Butler (Butler’s Beans),
Dave Finlay Snr,
Mary Foley (Wexford GAA),
Alan Ryan Hall,
Irish Boxing Union,
Tomás Kelly (Rowing Ireland),
Damhnaic Mac Eochaidh,
Guy McCullough (Ballymena RFC),
Ann Marie McGing (Mayo County Council),
Deirdre McParland (Guinness Archive),
The Sue Nunn Show,
Shane O Donohue,
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
(Belfast Bulls Wrestling Club)
Ned Quinn (Kilkenny County GAA)
Eibhlin Roche (Guinness Archives),
Roche Marina Hotel,
Royal Co Down Golf Club
Aileen Rogan (Tennis Ireland)
Fiona Sheridan (Royal Dublin Society),
Laura Skelton (HorseSport Ireland),
Anyone with any historical information or anecdotes about local sporting heroes or sporting venues that might have become neglected over the passage of time is advised to contact Roisín Higgins via www. IrishSportingHeritage.com