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Newtownmanor's Sean McGoldrick launches history of "The Dublin Marathon"

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Newtownmanor's Sean McGoldrick launches history of "The Dublin Marathon"

Sean McGoldrick with a copy of "The Dublin Marathon - Celebrating 40 years" at the launch Photo courtesy: Ronan McGreevy

A unique history of the Dublin Marathon by Leitrim journalist Sean McGoldrick has been published to great acclaim on Tuesday evening last at Hodges Figgis in Dublin.

"The Dublin Marathon - Celebrating 40 years" is a wonderfully entertaining history of the most prestigious road race in the the country and one that hundreds of runners from all over Ireland, including Leitrim, will take part in this year on Sunday, October 27.

The Dublin Marathon was founded in 1980; since then, ‘Marathon Weekend’ – on the October Bank holiday weekend – has become a fixture on the Irish running calendar as thousands of runners race the 26.2 mile route through the streets of Dublin and the city turns out to support them.

Newtownmanor native McGoldrick is a well known journalist with the Sunday World and Irish Independent has been shortlisted in the past for the Sports Journalist of the year for his acclaimed book “Punching Above their weight - The Irish Olympic Boxing Story”.

Sean also co-authored "Shooting from the Hip", the autobiography of Kerry legend Pat Spillane and "I Remember it Well, the autobiography of the late broadcaster Jimmy Magee.

Since the first 2,100 runners signed up in 1980, hundreds of thousands of runners from around Ireland and around the world have taken part. This book celebrates the 40th running of the Dublin Marathon in 2019 and is a true celebration of a unique Irish sporting and cultural event.

Covering the history of the race, the heart-warming and inspirational stories of Irish marathoners – from the elites to the club runners, charity runners and recreational runners – the various routes the marathon has taken over the years, famous Irish marathoners, anecdotes from the thirteen runners who’ve completed every Dublin Marathon, the organisation and the army of volunteers – and of course the amazing supporters and the people of Dublin who make the marathon what it is.

Including a list of the course records and an Introduction by Dick Hooper, three-time Olympian and winner of the very first Dublin Marathon back in 1980. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and memorabilia from the 1980s to the present day.

Published by The O'Brien Press, "The Dublin Marathon - Celebrating 40 years" is available in all good bookshops.