We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here online, from the booking office on 089 436 9868, or from the The Book MARKet Café in Kells (tel 085 889 6352) or Antonia's Bookstore in Trim (tel 046 943 7532). You can view a copy of the printed programme here.
Friday is sport’s day at this year’s Hinterland with Barry Ryan joining us to talk about Kelly, Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling – a book that is far from being a hagiographical account of the careers of our two best known professional cyclists and which addresses the elephant in the room – drug taking in the sport of cycling. Alan Conway, author of The Story of Coolmore Stud will talk about his account of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Belfast -based photographer Stephen Davison will give an illustrated talk about his updated biography Joey Dunlop: King of the Roads, on the life of the legendary motor bike rider. A suitable prelude to the famous Kells Road Races taking place over the weekend.
Barry Ryan, from Glanworth in Co. Cork, is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and other events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. In The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation Ryan deals with the careers of Ireland’s two greatest cyclists. This, however, is an untypical Irish-written cycling biography, more in the tradition of Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride than the many hagiographical accounts of the rise of the Golden Two. It doesn’t shirk pointing out the elephant in the room, the many questions surrounding doping in Irish cycling. He talks to Myles Dungan.
In the many years since Joey Dunlop’s untimely death, his stature has only grown. One of the racing world’s most successful riders, and certainly its leading role-model, he is sorely missed by bike enthusiasts everywhere. Stephen Davison is a photographer and journalist covering the sport of motorcycle road racing. Joey Dunlop: King of the Roads was first published 18 years ago and is the first of Davison’s nine books on the sport which also include: Beautiful Danger, Ragged Edge, Hard Roads, Flying Finn, Between the Hedges, John McGuinness: TT Legend, Road Racers and Guy Martin. Davison is a former Northern Ireland Photographer of the Year and is the co-owner of Pacemaker Press International, Northern Ireland’s leading photographic agency.
In Coolmore Stud: Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Success Story Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Nestled in a quiet part of County Tipperary, Coolmore Stud casts as long a shadow as any sporting entity over the history of Irish sport. Founded by the legendary horse trainer Vincent O’Brien, and now managed by John Magnier, Coolmore Stud has grown from a small breeding farm into a global behemoth, renowned the world over for the quality of the horses it produces. Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Coolmore Stud was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Éireann Sports Book of the Year. Alan Conway is in conversation with Ken Murray.