As the voice of Radio Foyle for many years, Richie Kelly has covered Derry City’s time in the League of Ireland.
Iconic pieces of commentary such as the “It’s Swan versus Dalton” from the Bohemians v Derry City FAI Cup Semi- Final are known by a generation of City fans that weren’t even born when that game was played.
Richie has captured many of the memorable stories of sport in the North West with his new book “Sporting Great of the North West” which is launched this weekend, and City fans are invited along to the launch
The book will be launched in the Delacroix this Saturday, 17th of December at 2pm. John Crossan, one of the sporting greats featured in the book and Richie’s co-commentator for many years on Radio Foyle is the guest speaker.
For decades, numerous talented sportsmen and women from the North West of Ireland have been winning national and international acclaim across the spectrum of sporting disciplines. Individual stars such as boxer Charlie Nash who won the European lightweight title and soccer’s boy-wonder John Crossan who captained Manchester City and represented N Ireland. Teams such as Derry City FC, which became the first club in the modern League of Ireland to win the treble. Or Donegal and Derry who both won the coveted Sam Maguire All-Ireland GAA trophy. Or Donemana Cricket Club’s whose record-breaking nine successive North West championships may never be surpassed.
And now, for the first time, BBC sports journalist Richie Kelly has captured many of these memorable stories in a single volume celebrating the proud sporting heritage of Derry, Donegal and West Tyrone.
Sporting Greats of the North West is full of tales of heroism and triumph – and the occasional dramatic setback. Kelly relives the highs of Bertie Peacock’s glory days at Celtic and Coleraine, Limavady Cricket Club’s historic treble and City of Derry Rugby Club’s momentous league and cup double. He also recounts the lows of Finn Harps’ senior competitive debut when the Donegal team crashed to a 10–2 defeat.
From the Riverside to Wembley, Sporting Greats of the North West is packed with unique and absorbing images, histories, first-hand accounts, reports and anecdotes about the more popular sports on the North West calendar.
Author Richie Kelly explained his reason for presenting these stories: ‘Many fine books have been written about North West of Ireland sport. Most of them, however, tend to concentrate on one particular subject, whereas I was interested in bringing together in one publication the stories of teams and individuals across a varied range of sports. This is a very personal account of my own selected stories and the countless other great sporting feats that deserve celebrating are only excluded for lack of space.
‘This region’s love affair with a sporting challenge goes back a long way and there is truly an enduring passion for sport in the North West of Ireland. I have tried to capture this in the book and do justice to the remarkable achievements of the many fine sporting competitors from this area over the years. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did researching and writing it.’
Eamon Dunphy, renowned sports commentator and friend of Richie Kelly, commented on the new release: ‘As a writer, columnist and broadcaster, Richie Kelly has been the Voice of Sport in the North West for a generation. His passion, flair and huge knowledge of sport are evident everywhere in this book. Sporting Greats of the North West is a fascinating collection with many captivating characters and many wonderful never-to-be-forgotten events. It is a must-read for me. And hopefully it will be for you, too.’
Sporting Greats of the North West by Richie Kelly is published by Guildhall Press and is available from quality bookshops or online at www.ghpress.com priced £11.95.
For further information contact Guildhall Press: T: (028) 7136 4413; E: [email protected]