Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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'Sporting Legends of Ireland' was nominated for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award 2010. An exhibition of photographs from the book went on show at the Hunt Museum in Limerick City, Ireland, in May 2011.

Published in September 2010, 'Sporting Legends of Ireland' offers exclusive interviews and contemporary photographs with 44 of Ireland's leading sports men and women - Olympic gold medallists Ronnie Delany, Michael Caruth and Mary Peters, Irish soccer hero Packie Bonner, show-jumping icon Eddie Macken, rugby giants Jackie Kyle and Willie John McBride, snooker ace Ken Doherty, champion jockeys Ruby Walsh and Charlie Swan, hurling legends Eddie Keher and DJ Carey, cycling hero Stephen Roche, running champions Sonia O'Sullivan and Eamonn Coghlan, Gaelic football stars Peter Canavan, Jack O'Shea and Mick O'Dwyer, golfing great Des Smyth, iconic boxers Barry McGuigan and Steve Collins, the late iconic racing trainer Paddy Mullins and a host of other brilliant stars from the worlds of rowing, wrestling, tennis, athletics, handball, camogie, badminton, Ladies Football, swimming, greyhound racing and horse-racing.

In each of these fascinating interviews, Turtle Bunbury examines just what it was that made each of these legends tick, looking into their family background and formative years, as well as their reaction to the success and fame which followed. Each story is accompanied by both archive photos and by never-seen-before photos of each star by James Fennell.

See Turtle and James Fennell discuss the book on Ireland AM (TV3) or listen to their interviews with Darragh Maloney on RTE Radio One and Tom Dunne on Newstalk 106.



A Sporting Introduction.

D.J. Carey - Hurling.

Eddie Keher - Hurling.

Mick O’Connell - Gaelic Football.

Mick O’Dwyer - Gaelic Football.

Jack O’Shea - Gaelic Football.

Peter Canavan - Gaelic Football.

Angela Downey-Browne - Camogie.

Mary Sinnott-Dinan - Camogie & Badminton.

Cora Staunton - Ladies Football.

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh - GAA commentator.

Jack Kyle - Rugby.

Willie John McBride - Rugby.

Packie Bonner - Soccer.

Stephen Martin - Hockey.

Alan Lewis - Cricket.

Peadar McGee - Handball.

Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh - Handball.

Stephen Roche - Cycling.

Ken Doherty - Snooker.

Des Smyth - Golf.

Maeve Kyle - Athletics.

Dr Ronnie Delany - Athletics.

Eamonn Coghlan - Athletics.

Sonia O’Sullivan - Athletics.

Dame Mary Peters - Athletics.

John Treacy - Athletics.

Denny Hyland - Pole-Vaulting.

June Ann Fitzpatrick-Byrne - Tennis.

Rosemary Smith - Rally Driving.

Niall O’Toole - Rowing.

Dave Finlay Jr - Wrestling.

Ger McKenna - Greyhound Trainer.

Steve Collins - Boxer.

Michael Carruth - Boxer.

Barry McGuigan - Boxer.

Donnacha O’Dea - Poker & Swimming.

Jessie Harrington - Trainer & Showjumper.

Paddy Mullins - Trainer.

Willie Mullins - Trainer & Jockey.

Charlie Swan - Champion jockey.

Ruby Walsh - Champion jockey.

Conor O’Dwyer - Gold Cup winning jockey.

Eddie Macken - Showjumper.

Tommy Brennan - Showjumper & Dressage.


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