Daragh Ó Conchúir
I am a freelance sports journalist and author who was born in Cork on July 20, 1971. Reared in the Waterford gaeltacht of Rinn Ó gCuanach, I developed a deep love of the Irish language, culture and history.
Sport consumed me from the very start. My parents, John and Nora encouraged me all in the way - except with my absurd ambition to become a jockey when I was seven (it was obvious to all bar me that I was much too soft for a start). I played football, hurling, soccer and rugby, where but there are few sports that I fail to find some attraction to, or at least a redeeming quality.
I have a BA from UCC and a Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism from Newman College. I am a former sports editor with the Kildare National, Muskerry Leader and Cork Leader, while I also worked as a director, producer and researcher with independent TV company Nemeton, who are responsible for the majority of TG4's sports output.
I am a regular contributor on television and radio on a variety of sporting topics, and have written a number of books too.
Amongst other, more regular roles I hold at present, and award acknowledgements lucky enough to come my way include:
Chief Features Writer with The Irish Field
Editor of Irish Racing Yearbook
Content Provider for The Camogie Association
2012 MacNamee Award for National Media
2008 MacNamee Award for Best GAA Publication
2015 One of four nominees for UK & Ireland Racing Writer of the Year at HWPA Derby Awards
The Whistle Blower: A Journey Deep Into The Heart Of Rugby (ghost writer, Alain Rolland autobiography)
Irish Racing Yearbook (editor since the 2012 edition)
Ní Neart Go Cur Le Chéile: The History Of St Laurence's GAA 1957-2007
Michael O'Callaghan Review (editor since 2015 edition)
The Time of Our Lives: A Social History Of Narraghmore Parish 1925-1955 (ghost writer, Michael Delaney memoirs)