Irish sports stars up for William Hill

Sports stars from the world of football, horseraceing, boxing and hurling have been nominated for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year for 2010.<br /><br />Jockey Ruby Walsh&#39;s autobiography, <em>Ruby</em> (Orion) has made the shortlist of six alongside former World Champion boxer Bernard Dunne and two titles on hurling, one about hurling team St Joseph&#39;s Doora-Barefield and the other by hurler Tony Griffin.<br /><br />Two footballing titles make the shortlist including <em>A Football Man</em> (Hachette Ireland) by ex-Manchester United and Leeds player John Giles and <em>Days of Heaven</em> by Declan Lynch (Gill and MacMillan).<br /><br />The winner of the &euro;3,000 prize will be announced in early December and will be chosen by a judging panel of 11 sports commentators and experts including Setanta Sports&#39; Paul Dempsey and rugby pundit and Newstalk presenter George Hook.<br /><br />Tony Kenny, PR manger for William Hill in Ireland, said: &quot;The top six books for this year&#39;s award really are the cream of the crop. There are the stories of sporting legends mixed with some truly remarkable tales of real sports achievement intertwined with the real life impact that sport can have on society and life in general. Each one is a must read for many different reasons and there will certainly be a very worthy winner to this year&#39;s William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year.&quot;<br /><br /><br />William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year 2010 - Shortlist<br /><br />* <em>A Football Man</em> &ndash; John Giles (Hachette Ireland)<br /><br />* <em>My Story</em> &ndash; Bernard Dunne (Penguin Ireland)<br /><br />* <em>The Club </em>&ndash; Christy O&#39;Connor (Penguin Ireland)<br /><br />* <em>Ruby</em> &ndash; Ruby Walsh (Orion Publishing)<br /><br />* <em>Days of Heaven </em>&ndash; Declan Lynch (Gill and MacMillan)<br /><br />* <em>Screaming at the Sky</em> &ndash; Tony Griffin (Transworld Publishing)