When the World Stops Watching


For decades, they’ve trained relentlessly, dedicated to the pursuit of glory – to victory and to defeat. They’ve made unimaginable sacrifices, sidestepped the trappings of ‘ordinary’ life, invested blood, sweat and tears to represent their people on local, national and international stages. Along the way they’ve formed tight-knit communities and friendships. When that final whistle sounds, these athletes retire, often left behind by fans and team-mates. Post-sport, life is daunting. Studies show that 46% of retired athletes experience depression or anxiety. ‘When the World Stops Watching’ tells intimate stories of 14 Irish sportspeople. From rugby grand slam winners to Olympic boxers, European Tour golfers to World Cup footballers, from local GAA heroes to international hall of fame winners – offering front-row insight into how elite sportspeople fare in their sporting afterlife.

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As every sportsperson knows, the dream can’t go on forever. After years of dedication, sacrifice and single-minded obsession to get to the top, one day it all has to end.When the World Stops Watching tells the real inside stories of what happened next for sixteen Irish sports stars, as they faced the brand-new challenges of normal life. From the highs of Grand Slam rugby, World Cup football, the Olympic Games, European Tour golf and GAA stardom, these born competitors recount the seismic aftershocks of retirement and the effect it had on them, both physically and mentally.The lives of sporting icons can change overnight. This is a searingly honest and compelling account of what life is really like after the game.FEATURINGTOMMY BOWE PAUL CARBERRY KEVIN DOYLE PAUL FLYNN  TREVOR HOGAN MARCUS HORAN PAUL McGEE GARY MURPHY  GRÁINNE MURPHY DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN DARREN O’NEILL  SONIA O’SULLIVAN LINDSAY PEAT NIALL QUINN  SHANE SUPPLE NIKKI SYMMONS

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Weight 0.425 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 2.2 cm

Lawlor, Damian


Black & White Publishing


Black & White Publishing








796.019 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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