|Date||Sunday October 16th|
|Admission||Free - Booking essential|
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Over the last thirty years, the English Premier League has grown to become the richest and most popular league in football – and the Irish have been at the heart of its success since the very beginning. Through exclusive interviews with many of the greatest Irish players to ever play in the Premiership, and an in-depth analysis of Irish players’ involvement of the last three decades of the league, Gareth Maher showcases the astounding contribution that the Republic of Ireland has made to the greatest league on earth. With insights from Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Niall Quinn, Shay Given, Jonathan Walters, Kevin Doyle, Andrew Omobamidele and many more. Away Days uncovers the good, the bad & the ugly of a League that has been home to almost two-hundred Irish players. This is the telling of Ireland’s impact on the Premier League as told through the stories of the players who have experienced the title wins and the relegation scraps, the big-money moves and the cancelling of contracts, the hero’s acclaim and the villain’s disdain over three whirlwind decades.
Gareth Maher is a former award-winning journalist who is now Communications Manager with the Football Association of Ireland. A media officer at five different UEFA European Championships, he designed the award-winning National Football Exhibition and has spent his career promoting Irish football. He was the ghost writer on Clare Shine's Scoring Goals in the Dark and author of Away Days: Thirty Years of Irish Footballers in the Premier League.
George Hamilton has worked in broadcasting since the seventies. Best known as the chief football commentator for RTÉ, he also covers other high-profile sporting events for the national broadcaster, including the Olympic Games. Since 2003, he has presented The Hamilton Scores, a weekly classical music show on Lyric FM. The Nation Holds its Breath is his first book.