HUNDREDS of well wishers thronged the ballroom of the Tullamore Court Hotel last Thursday night for the launch of Michael Duignan’s book ‘Life, Death & Hurling’.
Amongst the gathering were numerous GAA greats from Offaly and further afield including Greg Hughes, Willie Bryan, Seamus Darby, Brian Whelahan, Matt Connor, Sean Lowry, Padraig Dunne, Joe Dooley, Richie Connor and Johnny Dooley along with local councillors and GAA enthusiasts.
Master of ceremonies for the launch was journalist and publisher Liam Hayes (also a GAA great as a member of the victorious Meath football team), who was involved with the book along with Offaly-born journalist Pat Nolan who described co-authoring the book with Michael Duignan as a major thrill as he got to hear first hand about events he had witnessed as a fan.
The book was officially launched by former Taoiseach and Leinster Under-21 medal holder Brian Cowen, who described the book as a great read, not just about hurling, but a poignant family story too.
“It’s about life with a bit of hurling thrown in,” he joked.
See this week’s Offaly Express for two pages of coverage from the launch