with Patrick Deeley, Paul Kimmage, Alison O’Connor, Christy O’Connor & Sonia O’Sullivan
Date: Sun 05 March
Our Sunday Symposium is a firm festival favourite. This year our panel, chaired by Alison O’Connor, includes some of the most prestigious athletes, writers and commentators on sport and politics in Ireland. They will discuss the current state of sport in Ireland, its controversies, governance, and future. Not to be missed! Patrick Deeley is a poet and writer. His critically acclaimed memoir, The Hurley Maker's Son, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016. Paul Kimmage is a former National Road Race Champion, Olympian and professional cyclist. A former ‘Sportswriter of the Year’, his first book, Rough Ride, is considered a classic of sports writing. He writes for the Sunday Independent. Alison O’Connor is a journalist and broadcaster. She guest presents the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme on TV3, and has a weekly column with The Irish Examiner. Christy O’Connor is a freelance journalist based in Ennis. As a goalkeeper he played in two All-Ireland club hurling finals and was a member of the Clare senior hurling panel. His book on goalkeepers Last Man Standing was published in 2005. Sonia O’Sullivan is a former World Champion, European Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist. A regular contributor to RTÉ Sport, Sonia’s two books include Running to Stand Still and Sonia, My Story. She writes for The Irish Times. This event is kindly supported by North Pole Marathon.