On this weeks show we were joined by the excellent author Donald Mcrae, we mainly spoke about his fantastic book 'In sunshine or in shadow'. You can get it here: https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/In-Sunshine-or-in-Shadow/Donald-McRae/9781471163104Show hosted by: Darren ReesPanel: Ben Gibbons, Tyler White and Peter Flatt Theme music by: RENOIR 1 x 3 min round music produced by Darren Rees firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald McRae’s new book in Sunshine Or In Shadow is an insight into Northern Ireland during the troubles that you won’t find in any history book or archive news footage. It explains how, through sport of boxing, two of the most historically fraught communities somehow agreed an unwritten peace deal long before the Good Friday Agreement. In a wide ranging discussion Jarlath and Don unravel this incredible collection of tales, the central character, coach Gerry Storey and the challenges Don himself faced in creating the piece. Jarlath quizzes Don on how Storey was able to create a gym where all the boxers attending were given free passes by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides.
Don goes into detail on some of the most moving aspects of the book and how invested he became in the story on a personal level. Barry McGuigan’s world title winning fight offers the climax to the book but Don explains to Jarlath how Barry came close to quitting the game after one horrendous incident. Later Don goes into detail on his encounters with sporting giants such as Lebron James and what he regards as the essential components of good interviewing in journalism and in a taxi. (Patreon Full Length Version Only).
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Award-winning author and sports writer Donald McRae talks about his varied journey through the sport.
He discusses his newly released book, In Sunshine or in Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles, as well as his previous boxing classics, including Dark Trade, In Black and White and A Man's World.
As the Guardian's sports interviewer, McRae has interviewed more than 1,000 prominent athletes but it is boxing that remains closest to his heart.
Here, in detail, he discusses his motivations, his ambitions and some of the highlights of working with the likes of James Toney, Mike Tyson, Barry McGuigan and many more.