Goalkeeper wins WIlliam Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year

Goalkeeper wins WIlliam Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year

<p>A title about a hurling club in Clare, Ireland, has won the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year.<br /><br />Christy O&#39;Connor&#39;s <em>The Club</em> (Penguin Ireland) was awarded the prize yesterday (2nd December). It follows the story of O&#39;Connor&#39;s hurling club, for whom he was goalkeeper, through a season in 2009.<br /><br />Accepting the award, O&#39;Connor said that he had written the book in tribute to his daughter R&oacute;is&iacute;n and former team-mate Ger Hoey, who both died within the space of a week. He said&nbsp; &quot;I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won this award, particularly when you look at all the excellent sports books written this year. </p><p>&quot;It is also a privilege when you consider some of the outstanding books to have won the William Hill award in the past and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judges and public for their votes.&quot;<br /><br />John Giles&#39; <em>A Football Man</em> (Hodder) took second place while Declan Lynch&#39;s <em>Days of Heaven</em> (Gill &amp; Macmillan) took third.<br /><br /> <br /> </p>