Life Begins In Leitrim | Hardback | By Zak Moradi

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  • Life Begins In Leitrim: From Kurdistan to Croke Park
  • Pages: 288
  • Format: Hardback
  • Author: Zak Moradi
  • Publisher: Gill Books
  • Publication date: 12 October 2022
  • Category: Biography, Sports, Hurling
  • Size: 24 x 16.1 x 2.7cm
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Life Begins In Leitrim: From Kurdistan to Croke Park by Zak Moradi


The road to Croke Park can be a long one, but for Leitrim hurler Zak Moradi it was longer than most. Born in a refugee camp in Ramadi, Iraq, at the height of the Gulf War, Zak spent his formative years living under the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein.

Settling in Carrick-on-Shannon aged just 11, Zak couldn’t speak English, but when he discovered a talent for hurling, life suddenly took off. Zak credits the GAA with giving him the opportunity to put down roots, forge lifelong friendships and build his own life.

In this brave, touching and uplifting memoir, Zak reflects on his first 20 years in Ireland: the culture shock of landing in small-town Ireland; the plight of refugees worldwide; the skills he learned through sport and the role it plays in a healthy, balanced mind and in creating a community.


‘Inspiring … testament to the power of sport and the kindness of people.’ Pat Spillane

‘An unputdownable story of overcoming adversity.’ Philly McMahon

About the Author

Zak Moradi is a Kurdish-Irish hurler who plays for Leitrim. Born in a refugee camp in Ramadi, Iraq, he moved to Ireland with his family when he was eleven.


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