There are 15 entries on the long list covering sporting interests from GAA, rugby, athletics, soccer, golf, and horse racing. Amongst the GAA entries is Tom Humphries’ ‘Dublin v Kerry’, which chronicles the football rivalry between the two counties which helped to shape modern Irish sport.
Sean Boylan’s biography, ‘The Will to Win’, Ronnie Bellew’s ‘GAA: The Glory Years’, Finbarr McCarthy’s ‘Great GAA Moments 2006’ and Desmond Fahy’s ‘Death on a Country Road’, the story of two Derry fans who were murdered on their way home from Croke Park are also among the GAA-related entries.
Unsurprisingly, there are two entries on Munster’s remarkable Heineken Cup success. Alan English’s ‘Munster: Our Road to Glory’ and Ciarán Cronin’s ‘Beyond are Wildest Dreams’ chronicle Munster’s path to the Holy Grail. Billy Keane’s Moss Keane biography, ‘Rucks, Mauls and Gaelic Football’ is another for the oval ball enthusiasts and GAA fraternity alike, while Edward Newman’s ‘Lansdowne Through the Years’ traces the history of international rugby’s oldest stadium.
Paul McGrath’s biography, written by Vincent Hogan, tells the warts and all life story of one of Ireland’s most popular sportsmen. ‘Back from the Brink’ is one of two soccer entries alongside Patrick West’s Beating Them at Their Own Game.
The shortlist and winner will be announced in November at a ceremony in Dublin.