Great Irish Sports Stars

Natasha Mac a'Bháird
Sonia O'Sullivan

Follow Sonia O’Sullivan through the highs and lows of a running career that took her all the way to the Olympic Games. The story of one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.

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192 pages
196x130 mm

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‘Sonia walked to the start line with the other athletes, her tummy full of butterflies. She could feel the eyes of the crowd upon them. Sixty-five thousand people, all here to watch their race. She had dreamt about this moment for so long, and now it was here.’

As a little girl, playing with her friends in Cobh, Co. Cork, Sonia O’Sullivan was known as the fastest runner. When she joined a running club and started to win races, she began to dream of the Olympic Games. Through her talent, dedication and her ability to get back up and dust herself down when things went wrong. Sonia went from an ordinary girl who loved to run to an extraordinary world class athlete.

The story of one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes -- and a dream made real.

Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the bestselling wedding planning guide, The Irish Bride’s Survival Guide and her latest book is The Irish Bridesmaid's Guide. Her first two children’s books, Missing Ellen and Olanna’s Big Day, were both chosen for the White Ravens Collection.


Irish Examiner

what young readers will hopefully draw from Mac A’Bháird’s new children’s biography of Sonia is inspiration. The everyday ordinariness of her early days and the importance of the sweetshops, friendships – and the occasional bag of greasy chips, make this a very human story of the power of determination, which may help light the spark the fires determined athletes of the future ... a welcome addition to the equally enlightening titles on Cora Staunton and Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper in the O’Brien Press series of Great Irish Sports Stars

Evening Echo

the extraordinary story of Sonia O’Sullivan, one of Ireland’s greatest athletes and an inspiration to young girls of all ages who are drawn to sports. From her childhood in Cobh, Co. Cork, where her talent for running began to shine at an early age, to her Olympic triumph, Sonia’s courage, determination and dedication shine through in this wonderfully engaging book. Never give up and always, always try your best are the valuable messages written into the fabric of her success.

Children's Books Ireland

Full-length biography giving young readers an insight into the grit and determination that turned a sporty schoolgirl into an Olympic medallist

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