In "Hurling's Top 20", author and broadcaster Colm Keane profiles 20 of the greatest hurling legends to grace the game: from Christy Ring, Mick Mackey, Jack Lynch and Tony Reddin to more recent heroes such as Nicky English, Joe Cooney, Brian Whelahan and DJ Carey. Tipperary's John Doyle and Jimmy Doyle, Kilkenny's Eddie Keher and Noel Skehan, along with Cork's Ray Cummins and Jimmy Barry-Murphy recall their glory years. Offaly's Joe Dooley together with Wexford's Billy Rackard and Tony Doran describe how their counties beat the odds, turning the tables on the traditional hurling powers, while Waterford's glory years in the 1940s and 1950s are recalled through career profiles of John Keane and Tom Cheasty. Jimmy Smyth describes Clare's fallow years. "Hurling's Top 20" chronicles over half a century of hurling history, as seen through the eyes of those who have played at the highest level of the game, incorporating amusing anecdotes, first-hand match descriptions and behind-the-scenes analysis.
Colm Keane is Head of Communications at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. As a senior producer with RTE Radio 1, he won a Jacobs Award and a Glaxo Fellowship for European Science Writers. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and Georgetown University, Washington DC, he has published 13 books, including bestsellers THE JOBS CRISIS, NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, THE STRESS FILE, THE TEENAGE YEARS and A CUT ABOVE THE REST.