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[ # ] New Christy Ring Book by Tim Horgan
November 15th, 2007

Have to give a mention to the new Christy Ring book - by Tim Horgan. A great book on the legendary man who is undoubtedly the greatest hurler ever.

This is the book’s description:

“Christy Ring from Cloyne, County Cork, is regarded as the greatest hurler of all time. His mastery of the skills of hurling was equalled only by his dedication to Cork. He won eight senior All-Ireland medals and eighteen Railway Cup medals in his 24-year career before retiring from inter-county hurling aged 43. Against him no game was won until the final whistle. He always tried to do the impossible.

Tim Horgan traces his playing career with its many highlights and captures his unique charisma that excited and attracted people to him. It pays due respect to his opponents and the drab conditions in which all lived and played. Included is Ben Kiely’s report on Christy playing at the opening of Casement Park, Belfast, in 1953, and a fascinating interview before the 1953 All-Ireland. It is a lively, affectionate account of his lifelong commitment to hurling, embellished with memories of great players and personalities, and glorious games won and lost.”

And here are two great quotes

As long as young people swing their camán for the sheer thrill of the tingle in their fingers of the impact of ash on leather, the story of Christy Ring will be told.
Jack Lynch at Christy Ring’s graveside.

Tis a sin to bury that man.
Woman at Ring’s removal

If you don’t pick it up yourself make sure someone gets it for you for christmas!

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Read the Comments

[ # 2492 ] Comment from the painter [November 15, 2007, 9:12 pm]

A Great Man. Must pick up a copy. Would have loved to see him play but just a wee bit young. Is there any of todays hurlers who would havesuch a book written about them like this one in the years to come?

[ # 2510 ] Comment from Larry [November 16, 2007, 9:37 am]

Hard to imagine. It’s all changed so much now anyway, everythings so commercialised, that it’s hard to imagine players ever being looked on in the same vein.

I suppose Shefflin is the closest thing to it but it’s still hard to imagine books being written about him in that sense.

[ # 2771 ] Comment from [December 7, 2007, 11:57 pm]

[ # 18666 ] Comment from Noel McSweeney [July 24, 2009, 11:30 am]

Fantastic book. Enjoyed every page.
One question.
I seem to remember as a kid growing up in Cork seeing a photograph of Christy on the front page of the Cork Examiner swinging a baseball bat in Yankee Stadium.
To the best of my recollection as a result he was banned for several weeks for playing a foreign game.

Am I correct or is my memory playing tricks on me?

[ # 24440 ] Comment from Deirdre Regan [April 23, 2010, 9:45 am]

Hi tim
I am Mick Regan’s Daughter and was wondering if I could have your phone number
Dad is in the city today and would love to meet for a coffee but does not have a way to contact you
regards Deirdre - 087 99 50 200

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