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In 2016 Alan Gernon’s book Retired took a peek inside the world of the former professional footballer, and didn’t paint a pretty picture of life after retirement. Two years later Alan’s focus has switched to the world of the agent, deadline day and the instability of a footballer's life, in The Transfer Market: the Inside Stories. Here he explores the often dizzying movement of players between professional football clubs, and asks who benefits from these transactions. Spoiler alert, it’s often not the players!In conversation with David Sheehan (LMFM)
Rosemary Smith is undoubtedly one of the icons of modern Irish sport. As a champion rally driver in the 1960s and 1970s she competed with her male counterparts .. and won. In 1965 she famously beat all comers, male and female, in the Tulip Rally in the Netherlands. She was a regular competitor in the Monte Carlo and the Circuit of Ireland rallies and also braved the tortuous London-Sydney marathon (7000 miles and 11 countries). She recently published an account of her racing life, Driven. The only question is why it took her so long to record such an extraordinary career. She still likes to drive fast!In conversation with Myles Dungan
Inspiring the theme of this festival, the Tailteann Aonach is still central to the Irish psyche, the inspiration behind our heroes' successes in the competitive fields of sports, the arts, and warfare throughout the ages. A Kells native, Chris Murphy has carried out extensive research on the rich history of the town and its local hinterland. The holder of a BA in Journalism and MSc in International Development, Chris has also spent many years among numerous diverse cultures, from the rural fishing communities of the Mekong River and the cattlemen of Rwanda. These experiences, combined with his study of the ancient Tailteann Aonach have helped him uncover the key role the fair’s myths and legends continue to play in Ireland’s cultural development to this very day; Teltown is the birthplace of our national identity.
After an international sporting career in water polo Sarah Keane gave up her job as a solicitor to become the first CEO of Swim Ireland in 2004, during a difficult period for Irish swimming. In 2016 she took the reins of the Olympic Council of Ireland from its controversial former President, Pat Hickey after the Rio ticketing debacle? Sarah has capably steered the organisation (now the Olympic Federation of Ireland) into calmer waters since her appointment. Sarah has a particular passion for gender inclusivity in sport and is one of the motive forces behind Swim Ireland’s #WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport.
In conversation with Sinead Lynch
Despite all the successes of our female sporting heroes it is still possible to pick up the eight page weekend sports supplement of one of our national newspapers and find not a single word written by a female journalist, or a single sentence covering a women’s sporting event! So, we ask the question, have women crossed the gain line in Irish sport?
Sarah O’Connor is Head of Sport at WHPR and is former Chief Executive of the Federation of Irish Sport (the representative association for Ireland sports governing bodies).
Alison Miller is a rugby player who has been capped thirty six times for Ireland.
Sinead Finnegan is a Dublin footballer and holder of two All-Ireland winners medals.
Sarah Ennis is a horsewoman, a star in the world of eventing and a team silver medallist at the 2018 World Championships.In conversation with Deirdre Hurley
Our rugby players have never done it. Neither have our soccer players. Male or female. But the summer of 2018 belonged to the Irish Women’s Hockey Team when dedication, team spirit, determination, consummate skill and that smattering of luck to which all good teams are entitled, brought them to the final of the Hockey World Cup. Joining us will be the side’s assistant coach, Colin Stewart and midfielder Ali Meeke.In conversation with Olivia Duff
Paul Kimmage is one of Ireland’s best known and most passionate sports journalists.
He is best known for his award-winning sporting autobiography Rough Ride, published in 1990, which laid bare the issue of drug-taking in the professional cycling peloton and won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. In 2011 Paul’s collaboration with the tetraplegic English rugby player, Matt Hampson, Engage, won Paul a second William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. He will talk about ‘The joys of ghost writing’.In conversation with Myles Dungan