WEEKS before official release of his novel, Kilkenny man Sean Hennessy is in negotiations to sell the story rights of The Polo Affair to a major Hollywood director.
Sean Hennessy has done a lot in his forty-odd years, including travelling the world as an international model, volunteering as a human rights and aid worker in Bangladesh, restoring a 16th-century castle in Ireland, heading up a world-renown stock photography company in Japan – and most recently, opening Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Merida, Mexico where he regularly hosts local politicians and international superstars alike.
But nothing to date has captured Hennessy’s imagination and soul like that of the game of polo. Hennessy’s book debut, “The Polo Affair,” centres in on the game that has captivated him since he started playing polo, four years ago at the Yucatan Polo Club, located close to his home in the peaceful city of Merida, Mexico.
“My muses for this book were the game of polo and the culture of Mexico, both of which I’ve come to love over the past couple of years,” explains Hennessy. “Both have captivated me, with their intrinsic nuance, beauty and excitement. They serve as a perfect backdrop for a beautiful love story and dramatic thriller.”
“I hope that this book will dispel a bit of the air that surrounds polo, and make people realise that even if they don’t own horses or play the sport themselves, they can watch it, understand it, and enjoy it,” says Hennessy.