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My Sporting Life Paperback

My Sporting Life

Jimmy Deenihan

ISBN: 9780957020122

Red Hen Publishing


The stories of Kerry’s footballing feats told by those gathered at the crossroads in Finuge filled the mind of a young Jimmy Deenihan with dreams of one day playing for Kerry in Croke Park and of maybe lifting the Sam Maguire Cup himself. In tandem with this dream grew a belief that sport is, as described by Hippocrates, ‘the preserver of health’. My Sporting Life recounts how his dreams became reality, culminating when he lifted the Sam Maguire in 1981 as captain of the four-in-a-row winning Kerry team. Sport didn’t end with retirement from competitive football; Jimmy describes his life as a sports teacher, coach and trainer of all age groups. When he entered political life, he embraced the concept of sport for ‘the many and not for the few’, undertaking extensive examination of the role of sports in the life of Irish people. He also details his involvement in the organisation of sporting events among his Dáil colleagues and their counterparts in other countries.

Jimmy Deenihan was born in Finuge in north Kerry in 1952. He played Gaelic football at club level with Finuge, at County Championship level with Feale Rangers, and at inter-county level with Kerry, winning  an All-Ireland U21 Championship medal in 1973 and five senior All-Ireland medals as part of the ‘Golden Years’ team. He was Kerry captain when the county won its fourth title in a row in 1981. Jimmy taught at Tarbert Comprehensive School from 1975 until 1983 when he was appointed to the Senate. He is currently Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. 

Jimmy’s commitment to sport, not just as a participator at the highest level, but at all levels and at all ages in life, is evident throughout My Sporting Life.

My Sporting Life is published by Red Hen and is being sold to help raise funds for the Lartigue railway in Listowel, Co Kerry


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 21 December, 2011.
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