Irish Book Awards

Seamus Darby with PJ Cunningham

Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile


When Seamus Darby scored that goal in the dying minutes of the 1982 All Ireland Football final against Kerry, it elevated him into Gaelic football immortality.

Darby hails from Rhode, Co Offaly and is the eldest of a family of eight.. The 68-year-old father of three won three All-Ireland SF medals, in 1971, 1972 and most memorably in 1982.

His last inter-county game was against Kevin Heffernan’s Dublin in the 1984 Leinster semi-final.

Seamus, who has worked for decades as a publican in London and in Tipperary since returning to Ireland in the noughties, has maintained his links with the GAA and is currently a past-player representative on the GPA.

BIO PJ Cunningham (Ghostwriter)

PJ Cunningham is an author, editor and journalist with over 30 years experience working in national newspapers. He is the author of several books, one of which  – The Long Acre – was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Best Irish Published Book of the Year in 2014. He has also compiled and edited three book collections on rural life.

A native of Clara, Co Offaly, he now lives in Bray, Co Wicklow. He is married to Rosemary O’Grady and they with five adult children.

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