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#EXTRACT

# extract - Thursday 28 May, 2020

'I wasn’t even on the bench – I’d been bombed out completely'

Robbie Fowler on the beginning of the end of his first stint at Liverpool.

# extract - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Muhammad Ali and the mafia

How murder and mayhem were linked to the legendary boxer.

# extract - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

'We lost because we were so dazzled by the wonder of their kit that we couldn’t possibly concentrate'

In an extract from his book ‘Boy Wonder,’ Dave Hannigan recalls some of his sport-related childhood memories.

# extract - Thursday 14 May, 2020

'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'

Read this extract from Michael Gillard’s book on the Olympics.

# extract - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

'The rush home after school to read Ceefax pages 302–312... This was my generation’s internet'

In an extract from his book, Daniel Geey looks at how football has changed dramatically over the years.

# extract - Thursday 7 May, 2020

'I raced the entire year with that broken foot, and had no surgery until after the season'

In an extract from his book, Formula One legend Nigel Mansell recalls winning the World Championship.

# extract - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

'If you didn’t make a conscious decision to go home alone, you probably wouldn’t'

In an extract from his award-winning book ‘Recovering,’ Richie Sadlier looks at the lifestyle of young footballers in his era.

# extract - Thursday 30 April, 2020

'He wanted to do other things with his life for a year or two'

The end of Bob Paisley’s tenure at Liverpool is recalled.

# extract - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

'By 2016 foreign owners had bought, or held significant shares in, 15 of the Premier League’s 20 teams'

Read an extract from ‘The Billionaires Club’ by James Montague.

# extract - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'For him, dark glasses were invented to protect a man from other people’s eyes'

Read this extract from ‘The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen.’

# extract - Thursday 16 April, 2020

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great

An extract from Jonathan Eig’s book reveals the extent of the legend’s suffering following his retirement.

# extract - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'

A look back to when Ireland played hosts to the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2006.

# extract - Thursday 9 April, 2020

'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'

Read this extract from an acclaimed book on the US golf star by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

# extract - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'

Members of the 1994 Irish team recall the the horrific trip to Mount Isa.

# extract - Thursday 2 April, 2020

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'

In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.

# extract - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

A day in the life of Pep Guardiola

Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam gives an inside account of the early part of manager’s reign with the Etihad outfit.

# extract - Sunday 5 January, 2020

From TheJournal.ie 'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out' Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 4 January, 2020

From TheJournal.ie 'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin EXTRACT

'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin

Fr Bryan Shortall remembers his childhood in the 1970s – from what he ate to what was on the radio.

From TheJournal.ie Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper EXTRACT

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 3 January, 2020

From TheJournal.ie '300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'

Paulie Malignaggi discusses his relationship with Conor McGregor in this extract from Ewan MacKenna’s new book.

# extract - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 28 December, 2019

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 27 December, 2019

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

# extract - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'

Donald McRae looks at the early days of the acclaimed Irish boxer and the background from which he came.

From TheJournal.ie The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself' Rise Of The Ultra Runners

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

From TheJournal.ie Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas EXTRACT

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

# extract - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

# extract - Monday 23 December, 2019

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’

The former England and Liverpool star reflects on his troubled spell at Stoke City.

# extract - Thursday 14 November, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book The Big Yaroo

Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book

The book sees Francie Brady return – this time as publisher of his own magazine, The Big Yaroo.

# extract - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

From TheJournal.ie 'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing EXTRACT

'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing

In this extract from his book, musician and Ballymaloe-trained chef Mike Hanrahan recalls what life was like on the road – and shows us how to feed a hungry band (or family) with a cassoulet recipe.

# extract - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'...  A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words An Post Irish Book Awards

Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'... A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words

Ancient Irish texts teach us about how people saw the world back then, as the authors of a new book explain.

# extract - Saturday 9 November, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life' An Post Book Awards

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'

I’ve seen species from my bedroom window that I haven’t seen anywhere else, writes Conor W. O’Brien in an extract from his book.

# extract - Sunday 27 October, 2019

From TheJournal.ie A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene' EXTRACT

A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'

The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.

# extract - Sunday 20 October, 2019

From TheJournal.ie 'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin EXTRACT

'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin

Gillies Macbain writes about one New Year’s night in the 1960s in an extract from his new memoir.

# extract - Saturday 28 September, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far' EXTRACT

Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'

Michael Palin writes about what it’s like to journey to the tightly-controlled North Korea – and the mistakes he makes while filming two huge statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang.

# extract - Thursday 26 September, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?' EXTRACT

Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'

In this extract from Ubuntu, the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains how we can learn to live without bias.

# extract - Saturday 27 July, 2019

From TheJournal.ie 'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954' EXTRACT

'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954'

Ian Maleney writes about family, memory, and the stories we tell ourselves.

# extract - Sunday 6 January, 2019

From TheJournal.ie 'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick' Dichotomy

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.

# extract - Saturday 29 December, 2018

'Paul Merson once rang in the middle of the night because, while asleep, he’d poked himself in the eye'

Ex-Arsenal forward Alan Smith recalls memories of his time with the Gunners and the ultimately premature end to his career.

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