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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)

Betty Ashe,

Baltray Golf Club,

Anne Marie Barnes,

Ian Barrett,

Jonah Barrington,

Emily Bland,

John Boomer,

Brackencourt Hotel,

Gill Browne,

Averill Buchanan,

Kevin Burke,

Charlie Butler,

Thomas Butler (Butler’s Beans),

Gerry Byrne,

Des Cahill,

Barry Chambers,

Joe Christle,
Frank Columb,

Ann Coghlan,

Terry Connaughton,

Sam Cook,

Tim Coote,

Angus Craigie,

Tom Crampton,

Simon Cully,

Chris Curran,

Joe Curtis,

Glenda Davies,

Ger Delaney,

Michael Delaney,

Richard Denny,

Simon Dick,

Gay Dinan,

Seamus Doherty,

Louise Dolan,

Mark Dorman,

Niamh Doyle,

Tamso Doyle,

Brian Duggan,

Cherri Dunlop,

Michael Edwards,

Niamh Egan,

Jim Fennelly,

Dave Finlay Snr,

Alastair Fitch,

Mary Foley (Wexford GAA),

Mathew Forde,

Allen Foster,

Craig Foster,

Charlie Fowler,

Harry Fowler,

Matthew Gallagher,

Susan Gallagher,

Emma Galway,

Trevor Gillespie,

Des Gleeson,

Thérèse Grogan,

Alan Ryan Hall,

Dennis Hanaghan,

Camilla Haycock

Ted Hegarty,

Emer Hynes

Irish Boxing Union,
Robert Jebb,
Hugo Jellett,

Finbarr Kelleher,
Martin Kelly,
Tomás Kelly (Rowing Ireland),
Dermot Keogh,
John Kirwan,
Niamh Kirwan,

Gerard Lane,

Emma Lane-Spollen,

Michael Lanigan,

John Laurinaitis,

James Lindsay-Finn,

Zoe Lloyd,

Pat Lynch,

Charles Lysaght,

Brion MacDomhnaill,

Damhnaic Mac Eochaidh,

Jamie Macken,

Susanne Macken,

Emily MacKenzie,

Linda Madden,

Clare Maguire,

Niall Martin,

Penny McBride,
Mick McCloskey,
Alexisann McCrystal,

Guy McCullough (Ballymena RFC),
Michael McCumiskey,
Pearl McDonald,
Ann Marie McGing (Mayo County Council),
Michael McGrath,
Tom McGurk,
David McHugh,
Josie McKenna,
Peter McKenna,

Alex McKenzie

Alison McMahon,

Deirdre McParland (Guinness Archive),

Alan Milton,

Aisling Moore,

Tony Mullins,

Ger Murphy,

Julie Newton,

The Sue Nunn Show,

Robert O’Byrne,

Micheal O’Connell,

Shane O Donohue,

Susan O'Driscoll,

Audrey O’Dwyer,

Gillian O’Keefe,

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
John O'Rawe

(Belfast Bulls Wrestling Club)

Colum O'Sullivan,

Ned Quinn (Kilkenny County GAA)

Mark Onions,

Jeremy Perrin,

Jason Popplewell,

Michael Purcell,

Michael Reidy,
Eibhlin Roche (Guinness Archives),
Roche Marina Hotel,
Royal Co Down Golf Club

Aileen Rogan (Tennis Ireland)
Hannah Rowley,

Steve Ryan,

Fiona Sheridan (Royal Dublin Society),

Laura Skelton (HorseSport Ireland),

Richard Street,

Mark Tottenham,

Tara Tracey,

Teresa Vahey,

Conor Walsh,

Dede Walsh,

Denis Walsh,

Shena Walsh,

Sue Wickham,

Marcus Williams,
Tom Williams

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


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