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Sports Writers Panel Discussion

Irelands’ finest sports writers will give a frank and humorous account of experiences of sport. The panel discussion will be facilitated by RTEs Tracy Piggott.

Participating Journalists include:-

Vincent Hogan Sports Journalist of the Year 2000/01. The celebrated sporting feature writer of has worked with The Irish Independent for over 20 years, he previously worked for the Irish Press.

Billy Keane - journalist, novelist and publican. Billy writes for the ‘Irish Independent’ and has written two books to date ‘Last of the Heroes’ and most recently he joined forces with rugby legend Moss Keane to pen ‘Rucks, Mauls and Gaelic Football’.

Tracy Piggott has become one of Irelands most popular and versatile sports journalists. She has she also been a

Micheal O’Muircheartaigh – commentator, journalist and author.

Tickets are available from Wexford Chamber of Commerce, Wexford Library, Byrnes Bookshop, Wexford Book Centre and Hughes & Hughes. Tickets are €10.

From Dún Síon to Croke Park
The Autobiography by
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh

Published in hardback by Penguin Ireland on 7th October 2004.
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the face and voice synonymous with Gaelic Games has, after much persuasion, put pen to paper and written his autobiography.
Here, Micheál tells his own story and, by extension, the story of the GAA over the past half-century, with all the humour, erudition and wisdom for which he is so well loved.
Micheál began his career as a broadcaster in 1949 when, as a student teacher, he took part in an open competition at Croke Park for a post as assistant commentator.
He got the job, and the rest is Irish broadcasting history.
His encyclopaedic knowledge of Gaelic games is renowned.
It’s not uncommon for viewers at home to turn down the sound on their television sets and bring the radio in to the living room to hear Micheál’s commentary on a live game.
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh was born in Dún Síon, near Dingle, Co. Kerry. He was educated in the Presentation Convent and the Christian Brothers School in Dingle, at Coláiste Iosagáin in Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork, and at UCD. He was a primary and secondary teacher for many years. Besides his renowned work as a radio commentator, he has long been a champion of the Irish language: he is a former chairman of Bord na Gaeilge and current chairman of Guaranteed Irish.
He has trained Dublin-based members of the Kerry football teams, including many All-Ireland winners, owns greyhounds, and is a keen golfer.
He and his wife Helena have eight children and five grandchildren. He lives in Dublin.

‘Rucks, Mauls and Gaelic Football’

is a wonderfully entertaining and revealing account of the life of one of Ireland’s best-loved sporting heroes, Moss Keane. The former Munster, Ireland and Lions rugby legend gives a hilarious insight into his life both on and off the field. The book is written with Billy Keane (one of our Guests on the Sports Writers panel).

Wexford Book Festival t: 053 91 22 226
30th March
Ferrycarrig Hotel