Sunday World journalist's book up for Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year

Sean's book 'Punching Above Their Weight'
Sean's book 'Punching Above Their Weight'

A book written by Sunday World sports journalist Sean McGoldrick has been short listed for a prestigious award. ‘Punching Above their Weight’ is a 368 page account of the performances of Irish boxers at the Olympic Games since 1924.

It has been short-listed for the Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year.

The other five books nominated are the autobiographies of Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin, ex Donegal boss Jim McGuinness, Kerry footballer Tomas O Sé, former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner and ex Irish rugby scrum half Peter Stringer.

‘Punching Above their Weight’ shines a spotlight on Ireland’s ‘Medal Factory’, the sometimes-contentious High Performance Unit (HPU), which has nurtured Irish boxers on the road to winning seven Olympic medals since 2008.

It also reveals details of the behind the scenes rows which culminated in the recent decision of the High Performance’s Unit high profile Head Coach Billy Walsh to quit and take up a position in the United States.

It includes interviews with Walsh as well as Kenny Egan, Katie Taylor, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Dubliner Gary Keegan who established the HPU in 2002.

Members of the public can cast their vote in the competition by logging on to

The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Dublin later this month.

Highlights of the awards ceremony will be shown on RTE One television on Saturday, November 28.