By Natasha Mac a’Bháird

Great Irish Sports Stars: Shay Given

Ireland Goalkeeper for Twenty Years, Premier League Star

The inspiration behind many of Ireland’s greatest days, Shay Given earned 134 caps for his country and played in goal for Ireland for 20 years!

From the time he was a young boy playing football with his brothers in the front garden of their Donegal home, Shay Given dreamed of football glory. Leaving home at just sixteen to join Celtic, Shay had to face many challenges on the road to becoming a world-class goalkeeper.

He went on to play for top clubs like Newcastle United and Manchester City, played in the Champions League, and was the last line of defence for Ireland at the World Cup and the European Championships.

The inspirational life story of the Republic of Ireland’s longest-serving player.


Natasha Mac a’Bháird

I am the author of thirteen books – eleven for children and two for adults. Books are my lifelong passion and I have wanted to be a writer since I was eight, so seeing my books on the shelves is a dream come true!

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Star Club are planning a new show full of witches, magic and mystery – and Laura is going to write it!



‘The best Irish young adult book of the year … terrifically well paced … a great sense of

– Robert Dunbar, The Marian Finucane Show, RTE Radio 1



‘The second book in the Star Club series has everything you need: friendship, excitement,
suspense and even a little bit of magic.’

– Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reading Guide 2017 Times



‘Finding fun with friends … that is what the Star Club series is all about.’

– Evening Echo

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