Head of Sport at Galway Bay FM Ollie Turner decided to put pen to paper over the last year in an attempt to document the games that will live with Galway’s greatest hurlers forever.
Speaking to KCLR’s Saturday Scoreline, Turner explained the reasoning behind ‘Galway Game of my Life’, a book that is certainly unique.
“The idea behind the book is to get a whole host of players to talk about their best games and then go into detail with it.
“I think doing one chapter per player is far more palatable for these guys rather than a whole book,” said Turner.
The Head of Sport at Galway Bay FM also believes that the format of the book compliments the topic that is being discussed.
He said: “I found it easier to chat to each of them one-on-one for an hour or so and it was better than doing an autobiography of one particular player because there may not have been the same interest in one person’s story as there would have been in all of these legends of Galway hurling.”
Turner revealed that he spoke with the players about the aftermath of their chosen game and what the consequences of that game were for Galway hurling and their own career.
“We go into what happened after the match and what happens after they retire. More often than not most players careers don’t end the way that they want them to, so we delve a bit into how it all ends as well.”
Another interesting component of the book is how it delves into the personal anguish that players suffer from a defeat, whether it be with their club side or in the maroon of Galway.
“There’s a huge overlap between some of the players who played with each other, but they’re chapters that dip in and out of every era and there’s some heartbreak, personal struggles and difficult stories in the book.”
You can get Galway Game of my Life online and in all good book stores right now.
You can listen back to the full interview with Ollie Below: