UP FOR AN AWARD: Killarney-born author Kieran McCarthy’s debut book, ‘Something in the Water’, has been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. Photo: Michelle Crean
The debut book by a Killarney author has been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy ‘Sports Book of the Year’ in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Fossa man, Kieran McCarthy, who previously worked as sports editor with The Kingdom newspaper in Killarney, has penned ‘Something in the Water’, which charts the incredible success of Skibbereen Rowing Club.
The book is one of six shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards’ gala ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday, November 20.
The Killarney journalist, who is sports editor of The Southern Star in West Cork, tells, for the first time ever, the story of how the Skibbereen club conquered the world.
This is the club that gave the world Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan who captured the hearts of the nation in 2016.
The 287 page paperback goes behind the scenes to tell the story of Ireland’s most successful rowing club as Kieran covered many of the brother’s local successes over the years.
“I was on the homecoming bus and had a brilliant perspective,” Kieran told the Killarney Advertiser. “The book includes the whole backstory of Gary and Paul which was never told before.”
Killarney Olympic rower Paul Griffin also features in this new book that’s already causing waves nationally, as the Fossa man competed in the same Irish lightweight men’s four alongside Skibbereen’s Eugene Coakley and Timmy Harnedy. Together, they qualified for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
“Paul was two years ahead of me in school so it was nice to incorporate him in as well. There’s a chapter on the Athens Olympics, the run up to it and what happened.”
You can vote online for ‘Something in the Water’ on the Irish Book Awards website, anpostirishbookawards.ie.
This book, published by Mercier Press, is on sale locally, in Easons in Killarney and O’Connor’s Newsagents.