Before a capacity attendance, Donegal All-Ireland winning footballer Donal Reid’s autobiography, ‘Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer’ was launched on Saturday night in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.
MC for the night was Shaun Doherty of Highland Radio and the platform party also included Anastasia Roche from Pieta House; Sean Dunnion, chairman, Donegal GAA County Board; Anthony Molloy and Frank McGlynn, representing Donegal’s two senior All-Ireland successes in 1992 and 2012 as well as Donal’s wife, Maura.
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Pieta House, a charity close to Donal’s heart.
The book, which chronicles the life of Donal Reid from childhood to the present day, is a fascinating read with a mixture of football and every day life included.
Speaking at the launch, Donal gave his reasons for penning the book.
“The reason why I wrote it at this time is that I feel you can’t write an autobiography until you have lived a life,” he said. “You have people writing autobiographies when they are 19 or 20 and maybe some of them are very good but I feel that until you have lived a life, you cannot write an autobiography.
“I am in the autumn of my life and I feel the time was right. I have full confidence that I have not hurt anyone’s feelings in the book. I tell it as it is. I tell the truth, there’s no backwaters with me and you will see it when you read it.”
He was joined on the night by a huge crowd from his local area in Crossroads, Killygordon and Castlefin.
The gathering also included almost all of the Donegal 1992 winning team of which Donal was a half-back, while there was a good gathering of the 2012 winning side. Donal was also involved in the 2012 success as a physical therapist with the backroom team.
The book will be on sale at many outlets in Donegal from this week and also can be ordered from the author by emailing email@example.com