Dixie Dean in the League of Ireland. 

    A Q&A with Paul Little author of In the Shadow of Benbulben: Dixie Dean at Sligo Rovers.

    The book tells the tale of former Everton and England legend ‘Dixie’ Dean’s four months with Sligo Rovers in the west of Ireland – a spell that would leave an indelible mark on the player, the club and the town.

    Tickets include a free drink.

    Click here to grab a spot:
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    So we’ve launched a book shop and teamed up with the excellent Pitch Publishing among others. Drop in to see some of the excellent sports books we have on offer.

    Some of our books on sale, if they’re not downstairs on our shelves just ask one of the staff.

    We are also going to have an extensive range of independent magazines so watch this space.


    We’re looking for your help to add to our growing collection of second hand sports books. To help us top up our numbers come in and swap a book for a pint. One per customer and the book must be in good nick.

    We’ve hosted a few book related events upstairs over the last few years, with the guys from Shelbourne fanzine Reds Independent telling fellow Shels fan Gav White their story. Colin Millar brought some signed copies of his excellent book The Frying Pan of Spain: Sevilla v Real Betis: Spain’s Hottest Football Rivalry when he dropped in. Historians Gerry Farrell and Ciaran Priestley discussed the origins of Bohemian Football Club, while Enda Coll form Off The Ball hosted the local football walking tour duo of Gary Cooke from Apres Match and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. The hugely popular One Up Top Bohs podcasts brought their lively live show to a sold out 200 Phibsborough Road.

    We’re open to any ideas if you’d like to host a book launch or something similar give us a shout at info@onthebackpage.com