When the World Stops Watching

When the World Stops Watching


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As every sportsperson knows, the dream can’t go on forever. After years of dedication, sacrifice and single-minded obsession to get to the top, one day it all has to end.

When the World Stops Watching tells the real inside stories of what happened next for sixteen Irish sports stars, as they faced the brand-new challenges of normal life. From the highs of Grand Slam rugby, World Cup football, the Olympic Games, European Tour golf and GAA stardom, these born competitors recount the seismic aftershocks of retirement and the effect it had on them, both physically and mentally.

The lives of sporting icons can change overnight. This is a searingly honest and compelling account of what life is really like after the game.

Product Details

Published: 27th May 2021
Format: 198x129mm, paperback
Extent: 320pp + 8pp colour plate section
ISBN: 9781785303449


Damian Lawlor is an award-winning writer and six-time author. His books have been regularly shortlisted for awards, including I Crossed the Line – The Liam Dunne Story, All In My Head: The Autobiography by Lar Corbett, and Fields of Fire. Damian is also a successful broadcaster working with Sky Sports GAA and RTÉ Radio One. Damian served as an U-17 Tipperary football selector in the past and is currently with the county’s U-20 team. The Tipperary native is married to Ruth and they have three children, Aaron, Jamie and Chloe.


‘A captivating insight into the struggles faced when Irish sports stars retire’ EDDIE O’SULLIVAN

‘One of the most honest and raw books about sport you are likely to read this year or any other. A vital and eye-opening read.’ MALACHY CLERKIN, Irish Times

‘Champagne Football rightly getting the plaudits as the stand-out sports book on the shelves, but this by @LawlorDamian is absolutely terrific too. ‘ VINCENT HOGAN, Irish Independent

‘A terrific concept expertly executed’ ENDA McEVOY, Sunday Times 

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