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TOM CLEARY (1930-1997) was “arguably the best scrum-half never to have played for Ireland.”
Born in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland, Tom Cleary was a rugby player. He played for Castleknock College, Bohemians (Limerick) and Munster as scrum-half and captain from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s. He played in several final Irish trials and was a reserve for Ireland on up to 17 occasions (including the 1961 tour of South Africa) without gaining the distinction of an Irish cap. He died in Mullingar.
The book, however, is not just about one man or about sport, or even just about rugby. It is about natural talent in the extreme, allied to a competitive nature and leadership ability. But, blow by blow, life chips away at his gifts to reveal an intensely low self-esteem.
It takes a huge life crisis before Tom finally begins to realise and accept that he is truly loved … just for himself.
His story is written as a fictional memoir.
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