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Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops

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Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops

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    Available in PDF Format | Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops.pdf | English
    Rus Bradburd(Author)
Why would a successful college basketball coach walk away from a lucrative job in America's most glamorous sport? The burned out Rus Bradburd, enamoured with Ireland and its music, took a job coaching in the lowly Irish Super League, but was unprepared for what he found. Perplexed by the small town Tralee's Frosties Tigers - a cast of misfits and underachievers more concerned with their day jobs, Gaelic Football, and Guinness - he turned to traditional Irish music for wisdom and solace.

"The story is absolutely fantastic with colorful characters, warm humor, great scenes, real drama and a rich, personal touch . . . this book is a real treat."

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  • PDF | 200 pages
  • Rus Bradburd(Author)
  • University of New Mexico Press (30 Aug. 2006)
  • English
  • 2
  • Biography

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  • By H. O'Sullivan on 3 January 2016

    I'm neither interested in basketball nor the author's journey to discover the soul of Irish fiddle playing. Living in Kerry, Ireland, I was curious about this book as it skims over a few months in the lives of two emerging stars of Gaelic Football (the Star that is Kieran Donaghy and midfielder Micheal Quirke), trying to balance their inter-county football careers with their interest in basketball, a non too popular nor widely played sport here in Ireland.Just having finished reading the book, I was surprised at how quickly I devoured it despite my lack of interest in basketball or the author. The reason for this is the fact that it is really well written, with an easy flowing narrative that soon got me over the annoyance of reading about yet another American thinking we all here in Ireland are living a fantasy of diddle-ee-eye and tooralooraloora. "Local folks were going to take me in, teach me to play the jigs their great-grandfathers played [...], I was going to listen to their stories, help them cut fresh turf in the bog [...]" Oh, for God's sake!Still, the author's style of writing is humorous and well structured which makes his book a joy to read. As long as you can ignore what I have learned to recognise as a not uncommon American lack of respect for other countries, a lack of sensitivity for other people's feelings, and a thoughtless bluntness that can result in offence and insults. The book having been published by a small University based publishing company, I assume it was never aimed at the Irish market, targeting an American audience instead that has an interest in basketball and appreciates the perceived oddness of - in this case, Ireland's - "backwardness" with regards to what some of us would call "foreign sports", and the resulting ridicule.At various stages in the book, I wondered if it was the author's intention to belittle or embarrass certain people featuring in his book, or whether he was simply apallingly thoughtless in his writing. Even within the product details listed above, the Tralee basketball team members are described as "a cast of misfits and underachievers". Just how rude is that?! I ask myself if the children of Junior Collins, the Tralee Tigers' team manager, want to read about their father being described as a fat, dirty, messy, scruffy individual? I wonder if player Antoine Gillespie was impressed with the author announcing to the world (or at least, the readers of his book), that Gillespie was fraudulently drawing French social welfare benefits whilst receiving wages in Ireland? Although it's common knowledge in Kerry, was it for the author to record in his book, that Donaghy's parents are separated? (Still a no-go topic for many people in this country.)So, for the author's indiscretions, his rudeness and lack of respect and his thoughtlessness, I'm awarding this book only 3 stars.

  • By Cathy M. on 12 February 2017

    Brilliant book combining insightful views on modern Ireland with a great story of his time training basketball in Ireland. I loved the style of short chapters and lack of flowery language. The authors love of Ireland and Irish music was a nice back story to the basketball You don't have to be a basketball fan or music fan to enjoy this excellent book.

  • By Guest on 14 February 2017

    Great story beautifully thought out and written.

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