D.J. book on the way

SPORTS fans have a treat in store later in the year when the long-awaited autobiography of legendary Kilkenny hurling star, D.J. Carey will be published.

SPORTS fans have a treat in store later in the year when the long-awaited autobiography of legendary Kilkenny hurling star, D.J. Carey will be published.

D.J., one of the greatest talents to play the game is currently working on the book, which will be published in the autumn by Blackwater Press, a Dublin-based company with a long history of producing sporting autobiographies. Among the big names who wrote GAA autobiographies under the Blackwater banner are Mick O’Dwyer, Ger Loughnane, Cyril Farrell, John O’Leary, Charlie Carter and the late Dermot Earley.

Now D.J. Carey is set to reveal all about a career that took him from the playing fields of Gowran to a level where many regard him as the greatest hurler of all time. From his formative years with St Kieran’s College and Kilkenny minors to the peaks of achievements as a senior star, D.J. carved out a special place in hurling folklore.

He became an icon inside and outside Kilkenny in a senior career which lasted from 1989 to 2005. He won five All-Ireland seniors, nine Leinster and three National League medals.

In addition, he was selected as an All Star on nine occasions and took the Hurler of the Year award in 1993 and 2000.

“I was lucky enough to enjoy a very successful career with club and county across three decades, during which I had some great times,” D.J. said. “I had disappointing times too but then that’s part of every sporting story. I played with and against many wonderful players in a career I enjoyed immensely.

“What I’m trying to do in the book is show how things looked from my side as opposed to how others might have seen them. The perception and the reality can often be very different,” added D.J.

John O’Conner, Managing Director of Blackwater Press said that his company were delighted to have secured the rights to publish D.J. Carey’s autobiography.

Martin Breheny, GAA editor of the Irish Independent, is collaborating with DJ in the writing of the book.