Nominated for Irish Sports Book of the Year

It was a surprise and a delight to be nominated for Irish Sports Book of the Year in this year’s Irish Book Awards. My book, ‘A Different Shade of Green: the Alan McLoughlin Story’ is an autobiographical piece on my hero, former international footballer Alan McLoughlin. Alan is not only a legend to Republic of Ireland and Portsmouth FC fans, he’s also come through a recent struggle with kidney cancer. The book contains serious stuff about identity and mortality but also plenty of amusing yarns. The perfect Xmas stocking filler!

The book is up against some pretty strong competition. Most notably, the autobiographies of former footballer Roy Keane and rugby player Brian O’Driscoll. So it needs all the help it can get! To vote for the book, click here: http://tinyurl.com/kbpp7mc

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Press:

SKY SPORTS: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/22712/9559402/johnny-phillips-has-read-a-fascinating-book-by-an-ex-ireland-footballer-but-not-who-you-think

JOURNAL.IE http://www.thescore.ie/alan-mcloughlin-roy-keane-interview-ghostwriter-1780752-Nov2014/
http://www.thescore.ie/alan-mcloughlin-extract-ireland-northern-ireland-black-humour-1760676-Nov2014/
http://www.thescore.ie/alan-mcloughlin-roy-keane-rang-apology-book-comments-1772771-Nov2014/
http://www.thescore.ie/jack-charlton-alan-mcloughlin-ireland-holland-1774486-Nov2014/
http://www.thescore.ie/niall-quinn-gave-brilliant-heartfelt-speech-alan-mcloughlin-1777430-Nov2014/
http://thescore.thejournal.ie/alan-mcloughlin-goal-ireland-northern-ireland-94-world-cup-1783631-Nov2014/
http://thescore.thejournal.ie/irish-sports-book-of-year-writers-have-say-1799424-Nov2014/
http://thescore.thejournal.ie/alan-mcloughlin-interview-roy-keane-cancer-jack-charlton-1824540-Dec2014/
http://thescore.thejournal.ie/13-best-2014-football-books-to-read-1821836-Dec2014/

BBC: https://audioboom.com/boos/2611574-former-pompey-saintsfc-midfielder-alan-mcloughlin-talks-to-marcus-white-kristemple-about-his-new-book-career-and-overcoming-cancer

RTE: http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/international/2014/1112/658679-21-years-on-mcloughlin-sends-ireland-to-usa-94/

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER (UK): http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/the-inside-word-gareth-thomas-is-a-beacon-of-hope-to-help-football-on-to-the-rainbow-list-9849216.html

IRISH INDEPENDENT http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/other-soccer/mcloughlin-keane-apologised-for-comments-in-his-first-book-and-blamed-eamon-dunphy-30735066.html
http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/anger-of-the-terraces-not-always-what-its-painted-30746501.html
http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/european-championships/alan-mcloughlin-gordon-mcqueens-rant-was-a-cheap-shot-30743614.html
http://www.independent.ie/sport/a-night-in-november-and-the-day-two-years-ago-that-changed-alan-mcloughlins-life-forever-30761799.html
http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/heroes-villains-and-tales-of-glory-in-the-big-arena-30851438.html

IRISH EXAMINER: http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2014/1115/sport/after-football-comes-real-life-297941.html

IRISH TIMES: http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/sporting-books-of-the-year-deeds-drama-and-trying-to-put-the-record-straight-1.2036041?page=3

TODAY FM: http://www.todayfm.com/player/shows/The_Last_Word_with_Matt_Cooper/24352/a_different_shade_of_green_the_alan_mcloughlin_story

POG MO GOAL: http://pogmogoal.com/republic-of-ireland/audio-the-alan-mcloughlin-interview/20333/

IRISH POST: http://www.irishpost.co.uk/sport/alan-mcloughlin-british-media-sparked-second-generation-debate

BALLS.IE: http://balls.ie/football/stories-alan-mcloughlins-book-ridiculously-entertaining/
http://balls.ie/football/alan-mcloughlin-gordon-mcqueens-cheap-shot-jack-charltons-champagne-drinking/

PORTSMOUTH FC: http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/article/macca-book-up-for-award-2054245.aspx

IRISH BOOK AWARDS: http://www.irishbookawards.ie/nominee/different-shade-of-green-the-alan-mcloughlin-story/

PORTSMOUTH EVENING NEWS: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/pompey/macca-to-reveal-his-pompey-truth-1-6397237 http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/pompey/macca-thanks-fratton-faithful-turnout-1-6454338

YOU BOYS IN GREEN: http://www.ybig.ie/forum/new-alan-mcloughlin-book-release_topic50278.html

SWINDON LINKS SPORT: http://www.swindonlinksport.com/swindon_sports_news/mcloughlininterviewp1

FOOTY TUBE: http://www.footytube.com/news/guardian/our-favourite-things-this-week-from-zinedine-zidane-to-ugly-wallpapers-L35016?ref=hp_newsfeed

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  1. Gearoid Grogan

    Buddy that is fuckung phenomenal!!!!! Great achievement for roddy doyle and brian o driscoll to have their name on an awards list alongside a luminary such as yourself!! Looking forward to buying a copy for christmas. Touring the galapogos islands presently. A journey in nature. Peru up next. Let me know if macca is gonna throw a book launch!!

    • Book launch is at Dubray Books, Grafton St, Dublin, 7pm on Weds 12 Nov. hope to see you there, old chap! Great to hear you are following in Darwin’s footsteps over there … Look forward to swapping Peru stories with you too! Safe travels

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