Ronan O'Gara is one of the greatest sportsmen Ireland has ever produced. A brilliant kicker both from the hand and at penalty goals, a sublime orchestrator of play from the out-half position he has made his own, and a cool head in the pressure-cooker of club and international rugby, the list of the Cork man's achievements goes on and on. The leading points scorer in Irish rugby history, the Six Nations and the Heineken Cup. The architect of two amazing Munster triumphs in Europe. The man whose last minute drop-goal sensationally won the Grand Slam in 2009, Ireland's first for 61 years.
In his candid, illuminating autobiography, O'Gara tells the story of those many on-field successes and, with brutal honesty, the darker days as well, most notably at the 2007 World Cup. He tells the inside story of Ireland's disappointments in France, and responds to the allegations about his personal life that made front-page news that autumn. Ronan O'Gara: My Autobiography is the unforgettable story of a rugby player at the top of his game, of a life lived to the full, and of a passionate and proud representative of the people of Cork and Ireland.
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Munster's recent story is compelling and O'Gara has been a central figure. With the assistance of Denis Walsh, this is a sweetly struck penalty of a book: revealing and hard-nosed - Guardian
Perhaps the finest sports book of the year and among the best Irish sports biographies ever written... a deeply rewarding portrait of a great sportsman - Sunday Times (Ireland)
O'Gara is fascinating on both the mental and physical mechanics of the rugby kick... His candour means that he does not avoid discussing the darker aspects of his personal life - Sunday Telegraph
Candour is a defining characteristic of O'Gara's and pervades his autobiography... a compelling read - Irish Independent
Basically it's the book O'Gara hoped it would be and that's the genius of it. Nothing is off limits, his world is laid bare and people are left to make up their own minds about the subject... He is brutally honest in his observations, is very hard and unforgiving on himself and tells it like it is. It is a hallmark of the man... It's all O'Gara - Evening Echo
Smoothly written... open and honest. As a sports autobiography, straight between the posts - Irish Examiner
Searing honesty - Daily Telegraph
A different class... superb insight - Sunday Business Post
Compelling, entertaining and woven together with particular style and grace... O'Gara is up with the greats - Evening Echo
He should be commended for his frankness. It certainly defines this tome in contrast to the usual drudgery of rugby autobiographies - Independent
Since so many sports efforts in this genre tend to reveal very little, a memoir like O'Gara's, one with real bite and new insight, makes for a markedly refreshing read. The book is laced with fleshy anecdotes. All make for bona fide eyebrow arching, giggle-inducing, page turning stuff - Munster Express
It is to O'Gara's credit that his autobiography remains true to his personality. It is a compellingly candid read... There is a sense of singularity about O'Gara that takes him into places others find uncomfortable... few men walk the walk better than Munster and Ireland's No. 10 - Irish Independent
This engrossing book sails straight between the posts - Irish Times
Arguably the best Irish book of the year... told with flawless skill - The Sunday Tribune
The perfect present for any rugby fan. It shows the goldfish-bowl aspect to life as a modern-day sporting legend and gives an insight into what it's like on the inside looking out - Irish Independent
Whether you are a rugby fan or not, this book is likely to please... This honest autobiography will provide an intriguing read for the Christmas period - South Tipp Today
Compelling reading - Irish Examiner
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Ronan O'Gara was born in 1977 in California. He was a star player at Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork and Cork Constitution, and soon became a key member of the Irish national rugby squad. Since making his international debut in 2000, O'Gara has gone on to win more than 90 caps and score more than 900 points for Ireland. He was the leading points scorer in the Six Nations championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, winning three Triple Crowns and one Grand Slam, and won the Heineken Cup with Munster in 2006 and 2008.