Local Heroes | Paperback | By Jim Gray & Leo Gray


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  • Local Heroes: A Celebration of Sligo Sport
  • Pages: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Jim and Leo Gray
  • Publisher: Red Stripe Press
  • Publication date: 20 October 2022
  • Category: Sports, Local Interest
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Local Heroes: A Celebration of Sligo Sport by Jim Gray and Leo Gray


Infused with the authors’ abiding love of their native Sligo and their lifelong infatuation with the world of sport, Local Heroes: A Celebration of Sligo Sport offers a fascinating and vivid insight into what it takes to be a bona fide local hero. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Sligo sports stars ever assembled between the covers of a book, award-winning journalists Jim and Leo Gray tell the gripping stories of more than 60 sportsmen and sportswomen whose exploits have earned them an exalted place in any pantheon of all-time greats.

Unlikely as it may seem, Sligo’s fingerprints are to be found at some of the world’s iconic sporting events, from the Olympic Games to the Aintree Grand National; the FA Cup final to the Tour de France; major golf tournaments to the Premier League. Those stories are related here with deep insights from the participants, history-makers who proudly put Sligo on the sporting map. But the pages are laced, too, with heroic endeavours of sportsmen and sportswomen who may not be so well known outside their native county, but whose achievements have marked them as immortal local legends.

In more than 70 essays across a vast range of sports, the veteran reporters cast a new spotlight on the county’s big occasions at venues such as Croke Park, the Aviva Stadium, Cheltenham and Olympic Games stadia, as well as taking a deep dive into the local cauldron of sporting activity, highlighting events and characters who have illuminated the county’s rich sporting heritage.

Local Heroes is intended as a permanent monument to those whose sporting greatness has enriched the lives of generations of Sligonians.

About the Author

Jim and Leo Gray are identical twin brothers who between them have more than 80 years’ experience of covering Sligo sport, chiefly for the Sligo Champion, where Jim was editor and Leo sports editor for 35 years, but also for national newspapers and RTE television and radio.


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