Life as a garda had its ups and downs and Jim Ryan pulls no punches in telling what life was like, how he was moved from station to station and how he enjoyed cups of tea in houses while on duty. It’s an honest recollection and may cause some grief to those who didn’t see incidents as he did. His call for investigation into child abuse was ignored – he was ahead of his time in recognising it. His senior officer was not.
Jim has enjoyed life at work and play, and now retired, has time for further indulge his hobbies. This book is his first and another life’s ambition achieved. For one who could not spell and hated writing, he has done well.
When you regularly pack a case and travel around the world and back again to cheer on your sporting heroes, ‘fan’ seems like an understatement – ‘fanatic’ might be nearer the mark. Jim Ryan still travels to matches and appreciates the efforts of sportspeople from club players to international heroes. This is his tribute to them.
A SPORTING BEAT – THE STORY OF A SPORTS MAD GARDA
304 pages, black and white photographs, paperback. ISBN:9871897685693
AUTHOR: JIM RYAN
Price: 14.99 euro.
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have no doubt when Amundsen made it to the South Pole the two figures
he could see from hundreds of miles away turned out to be Jim and Tony
just waiting around to shake his hand."
best ever book about the adventures of a dedicated sport’s fan."