The book involves the work of former University of Limerick journalism student David Byrne.
The GAA book series ‘Game of my Life’ are set to release their Limerick hurling edition this Wednesday.
The successful series of books, which is published by Hero Books and former Meath player Liam Hayes, delves into the accounts of thirty different players from the respective counties as they share the most memorable game of their career.
The Limerick hurling version of the series is compiled by David Byrne, a former UL journalism student, who has worked for the Kerry’s Eye Newspaper since 2019.
Speaking ahead of the book’s release, Byrne said: ‘Liam (Hayes) is looking to bring one (Game of my Life) out for every county, whether it is hurling or football. There is more coming out this side of Christmas too such as Derry football, Tyrone football and Kilkenny hurling,’
The former UL student was also involved in the Kerry Footballers edition, which was published in 2021, and it gave him the confidence to give the green light ahead of a version for the Treaty hurlers.
“From doing the Kerry one, it was daunting at the start, but it was something I couldn’t turn down,
“What I learned from the Kerry one hugely stood to me in terms of what I did for the Limerick one. It’s the fact that it is 30 different players as well, it’s not like an autobiography where you’re dealing with one person, it’s 30 people giving up their time, which is a task in itself,’ Byrne added.
This Limerick version couldn’t be more anticipated given the counties dramatic change in fortunes during the last 20 years.
Four of the current four-in-a-row team, Graeme Mulcahy, Mike Casey, Dan Morrissey and Sean Finn are set to be included in the book with players from as far back as the 1950s also featuring.
Other legends that contribute include Ciaran Carey and Ollie Moran to name a few, with the book getting player’s insight from eight very contrasting decades.
“The team going for five All Irelands in a row is unheard of because some of the stories in the book, which go back through the tough years,
“Everyone knows about the barren years of Limerick not winning the All-Ireland or even getting out of Munster. The story that stands out to me is the player strike in 2010. Limerick had got to an All-Ireland final in 2007 and then a few years later those players were on strike. A lot of players went back playing for their clubs rather than Limerick and that just shows how hurling has turned in the last few years.” Byrne added.
The book will be available for purchase in book shops from Wednesday 15th of November. It can also be bought online at Hero Books, on Amazon or order to print.
The book launch will take place at the Talking Leaves bookshop in the Castletroy Shopping Centre at 4pm on Saturday the 25th of November.