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# extract - Friday 30 December, 2016

Soldiers, sailors, diplomats: The forgotten Irish who changed Latin America

In this extract from his book Paisanos, Tim Fanning tells the story of army officer Alexander O’Reilly.

From The42 'I looked around... More monkey noises; a few grown men making Nazi salutes' Looking Back This post contains videos

'I looked around... More monkey noises; a few grown men making Nazi salutes'

Former Liverpool player Howard Gayle recalls the intimidating atmosphere of the 1981 European Cup semi-final in Munich.

# extract - Thursday 29 December, 2016

From The42 ‘Most people you can say, “What a great bloke,” or “What a b*****d”. With Roebuck, it’s neither' Enigmatic

‘Most people you can say, “What a great bloke,” or “What a b*****d”. With Roebuck, it’s neither'

Read an extract from the highly acclaimed book on the late English cricketer and journalist Peter Roebuck.

'The TV spoiler has as much potential to ruin an evening as food poisoning'

Comedian Colm O’Regan on people’s aversion to spoilers – and whether they’re a symptom of notions.

# extract - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

From The42 'At the time I came into this world women were banned by the FA from playing football' Issue

'At the time I came into this world women were banned by the FA from playing football'

Hope Powell writes about the slow progress of women’s football in her recently released book.

Hunger strikes, murders, and a war on terror: Ireland in 1976

Eamon Sweeney’s book Down Down Deeper and Down looks at Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s. Here’s a section from its fifth chapter.

# extract - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

From The42 'I recalled the two moments in my life when God spoke directly to me' Belief This post contains videos

'I recalled the two moments in my life when God spoke directly to me'

In an extract from his autobiography, South African cricketing legend AB de Villiers discusses his faith.

Executions, murder, and secrecy: The story of the notorious Cork jail Sing Sing

Gerard Murphy writes about the prison in this extract from his book The Year of Disappearances.

# extract - Sunday 25 December, 2016

From The42 'Roman’s eyes widened in disbelief' - Inside the World of a Super Agent EXTRACT

'Roman’s eyes widened in disbelief' - Inside the World of a Super Agent

Check out this extract from the recently released book ‘The Deal’.

Kevin Barry: 'Sometimes writing no longer seems like the thing I do, it seems like the thing I am'

The award-winning Irish writer tells us about his apprenticeship, and his journey from journalist to author.

# extract - Saturday 24 December, 2016

From The42 Dutch legend Johan Cruyff on how he learned to play football The Master

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff on how he learned to play football

The Dutch legend explains how he honed his skills on the streets of Amsterdam.

# extract - Friday 23 December, 2016

'The Irish team were heading for some godforsaken place called Keetmanshoop'

Donal Lenihan recalls when the Irish team travelled to a town in the middle of the desert in southern Namibia

# extract - Thursday 22 December, 2016

From The42 'I died on an operating table in a hospital in Buenos Aires' Looking Back This post contains videos

'I died on an operating table in a hospital in Buenos Aires'

In an extract from his recently released book, Roberto Duran looks at his near-death experience.

# extract - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

From The42 'There were several people who were my father' EXTRACT

'There were several people who were my father'

In this extract from his autobiography, Damon Hill recalls growing up in the shadow of his famous dad.

From The42 ''I wanted to say: 'You’re bullying me, Dad, don’t beat me like this, talk to me''' Trauma

''I wanted to say: 'You’re bullying me, Dad, don’t beat me like this, talk to me'''

Former boxer Kevin Lueshing talks of his difficult childhood and the regular beatings he took from his father.

# extract - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

From The42 'The majority of the female population doesn’t engage in sport... Why is that?' AIM

'The majority of the female population doesn’t engage in sport... Why is that?'

In an extract from ‘Eat Sweat Play,’ Anna Kessel looks at how sport can change our lives.

The man trapped in a POW camp 2 decades after winning Olympic gold

Scottish athlete Eric Liddell led an extraordinary life, as this extract illustrates.

# extract - Thursday 10 November, 2016

The Invisible Art: Why have Irish composers been ignored for so long?

Music critic Michael Dervan writes about his journey to discovering more Irish composers in his book The Invisible Art, which is nominated for a Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award.

# extract - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

A story before bedtime: 'The Cure for Too Much Feeling'

Written by Bernie McGill, this short story is taken from The Glass Shore, which is nominated in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

# extract - Monday 7 November, 2016

Boomtown Rats, condoms and unemployment: Memories of Dublin in the 70s and 80s

Tim Carey writes about the 1970s and early 80s in this extract from his book, which is nominated in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

# extract - Sunday 9 October, 2016

Mary O'Rourke's letter to Sheryl Sandberg: I have never believed in the glass ceiling for women

It’s not enough for women to be bright or determined – they need to have skills to make it, writes Mary O’Rourke.

# extract - Sunday 11 September, 2016

'I knew it had to happen, but the reality was that stepping away from the panel terrified me'

Cavan footballer Alan O’Mara has written a memoir about his struggles with depression. An extract from his book, The Best is Yet to Come, tells about his choice to take a break from the game.

# extract - Monday 15 August, 2016

From The42 'There was nothing to smile about here. He was in trouble and it startled me' Win Or Learn

'There was nothing to smile about here. He was in trouble and it startled me'

In an extract from his autobiography, John Kavanagh recalls Conor McGregor’s defeat to Nate Diaz.

# extract - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

'We were walking through the flats and it came up in conversation. My Dad asked if I was gay'

I got really really angry with my family when they said they wouldn’t be voting in the marriage referendum, writes Patrick Dempsey.

# extract - Sunday 27 March, 2016

This Irish rebel smuggled bomb detonators under her coat and often dressed as a boy

Margaret Skinnider played a play a key role in the struggle for independence in 1916.

# extract - Thursday 17 March, 2016

Ever wondered why Montserrat have a day off for St Patrick's Day too?

Today, Montserrat’s connection to an ‘Irish’ identity is strong but this has not always been the case.

# extract - Sunday 14 February, 2016

The Bishop and the Nightie - how Gaybo scandalised the nation

“Mr and Mrs Fox were vulgar, even coarse and suggestive … You have not been fairly treated.”

# extract - Saturday 26 December, 2015

From The42 How Germany were literally made to sweat for the 2014 World Cup EXTRACT

How Germany were literally made to sweat for the 2014 World Cup

In his latest book, Raphael Honigstein looks back on the triumph.

# extract - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

From The42 'The King Henry tag has never sat easy with me' EXTRACT

'The King Henry tag has never sat easy with me'

The Kilkenny hurling legend describes his sports-obsessed upbringing.

# extract - Sunday 25 October, 2015

Irish women have an aversion to compliments. They rebuff them with: ‘Thanks, Penneys’ best’

Irish women find flattery abhorrent, writes Emma Comerford, who says this is why they are advised against dating French men.

# extract - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

'I was an Irish-born soldier in the British Army during the Troubles. People just couldn't understand it'

Alan Barry was a second-generation Irish man who joined the British Army and found himself stationed in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

# extract - Friday 25 September, 2015

From The42 'I was stuck in a cycle of self-harm. I didn’t want to get out of it but I couldn’t get out of it either' EXTRACT

'I was stuck in a cycle of self-harm. I didn’t want to get out of it but I couldn’t get out of it either'

Ireland star Hannah Tyrrell opens up on her mental health battle and how rugby helped her to find a way through.

# extract - Friday 12 December, 2014

The KAL case kickstarted a decade of debate on marriage equality

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan made global headlines when they tried to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the Irish State.

# extract - Sunday 19 October, 2014

Extract: The role of the media in the Irish economic crisis

Some commentators have noted that Irish news organisations failed to give proper warnings of the impending crash. But why?

# extract - Monday 6 October, 2014

From The42 Keane reveals head-butting Peter Schmeichel during pre-season tour EXTRACT

Keane reveals head-butting Peter Schmeichel during pre-season tour

The then Manchester United stars woke up Bobby Charlton before Alex Ferguson stepped in to stop the fight back in 1998.

# extract - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Extract: 16 Dead Men – The Easter Rising Executions

The men who were killed for their involvement in the Easter Rising were diverse in age and occupation, but brought together by a common vision.

# extract - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Short Story: The Oyster Catchers

The winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.

# extract - Sunday 11 May, 2014

Extract: How 'throwing at cocks' took root in Ireland

Professor James Kelly explains how tying a rooster to a post and throwing sticks at it until it died was considered sport in the 17th century.

# extract - Monday 16 December, 2013

Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’

The new book, Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy, charts Tom Clonan’s progression from soldier to academic and journalist and offers an honest and vivid account of life on and off duty.

# extract - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

From The42 My journey to complete an old Premier League sticker album Shinies

My journey to complete an old Premier League sticker album

Adam Carroll-Smith found the 1996 book in his attic… with half a dozen stickers missing. Then the adventure started.