Kicking On by Dave Hannigan

Kicking On

Written by Dave Hannigan
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Kicking On by Dave Hannigan

'With three seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, it falls to the New York Giants' place-kicker Shaun Reedy...He's kicked it ...but no, it's gone left and wide...' Peter, Davey, and the rest of the Dromtarry Under-11 Gaelic football team are busy training for the start of a new season when a mysterious visitor arrives in town; Shaun Reedy, ex-American footballer, gets involved with the boys' team - far away from the glamour, the money and the pressure that turned him off his own sport- and falls in love with the GAA. When something happens in Dromtarry that changes all their lives, they discover that it's having the guts to take a shot at goal - whatever the outcome - is what matters ...


'the story bounds along authentically from match to match'

'essential reading for all football-mad 10-year-olds'

'a cracking read'

'this heart-warming tale is a must for GAA fans or anyone who just wants a cracking story'

'wonderfully portrays small-town Ireland with its larger than life characters, gossip and parochial rivalry'

'Have you a child that loves sport and maybe isn't so hot on reading books? Or indeed a child that loves books and isn't so hot on sport? A new children's book has been published that just might appeal to both'

's a book that should fire the imagination of any child ... and maybe a lot of adults too -- Sunday Independent 'for anyone, anywhere in the world, who appreciates the values of friendship'

'the reader is engaged from page one ... pacey and well-plotted'

'even if you've never picked up a football in your life, you would be hard-pressed not to be touched by Dave Hannigan's portrayal of just how much a ball game can bind a community together -- Evening Echo 'has the intimate immediacy of a comic strip'

'in spite of not being a GAA fan myself, the story is most enjoyable, being about more than just the game'

'I thought this was a very good book! I would give it top marks - 100%! ... I think boys and girls from first class to sixth class would like this book - I really did and I hope you will too!'

About the Author

Dave Hannigan is a sports columnist with The Sunday Tribune, the Evening Echo and New York's Irish Echo. He is the author of three previous books and is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island.

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Book Info


240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd August 2010



Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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