Donny Mahoney

Donny Mahoney

Donny Mahoney is a writer and journalist. He was born in America and has lived in Ireland since 2004. He is one of the co-founders of the website Balls.ie, where he works today.  

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Aim High - Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks

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Colm 'Gooch' Cooper - Great Irish Sports Stars

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Aim High

Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks

Written by Donny Mahoney, Illustrated by Eoin Coveney

Meet the Irish men & women who topped the Sporting world. From heavyweight boxing champion Dan Donnelly to our greatest runner, Sonia O'Sullivan. From Brian O'Driscoll's amazing rugby performances to Rosemary Smyth's rally driving brilliance. Inspiring words and pictures for children of all ages.

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper

Great Irish Sports Stars

Follow Colm from his days as a tiny, freckle-faced kid – the youngest of seven in a GAA-mad family from Killarney – all the way to Croke Park, where he won five All-Ireland titles. They all said was too small and weak to play for Kerry, but he became one of the greatest Gaelic footballers ever.