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Hurling book reminiscent of true-life

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:15am

A new book is about to explore a different side to the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

In his debut novel, ‘The First Sunday in September’, Tadhg Coakley captures the excitement of the biggest hurling day of the year.

Reminiscent of true-life experience of one of Ireland’s most exciting days, it is based on a final between Cork and Clare. The book provides an unforgettable cast of characters.

A hungover Clareman who having re-mortgaged his home, gambles the last of his money on his county to win. Sarah Taylor attends the final with her partner, Conor Dunlea, wondering when to tell him that she’s pregnant.

Tim Collins watches the match from the stands, his gaze repeatedly falling on the Cork captain, Sean Culloty, whom he and his wife, Evelyn, gave up for adoption years earlier. Clare star forward Cillian McMahon struggles under the weight of expectation. Cork’s talisman Darren O’Sullivan waits for the sliotar to fall from the sky, aware that his destiny is already set.

‘The First Sunday in September’ is out now.

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