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27 Sept 2022

Killybegs author Jason Byrne launches his first book - on a Leitrim legend

Jason Byrne put Leitrim's 1994 Connacht SFC winning goalkeeper Martin McHugh's story into writing in 'Born to Save' and it was officially launched in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday night

Killybegs author Jason Byrne launches his first book - on a Leitrim legend

Martin McHugh and author Jason Byrne, with family

Killybegs native Jason Byrne launched his first book, which chronicles the career of former Leitrim goalkeeper Martin McHugh, in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday night.

Byrne, a native of Killybegs who currently lives in Athlone with his fiancée Avril, is a GAA journalist with the Irish Sun having graduated NUI Galway's MA in Journalism in 2008. He penned 'Martin McHugh, An Autobiography - Born to Save'. Published by Hero Books, it can be purchased on Amazon and Easons.

McHugh kept goal for Leitrim when they won the 1994 Connacht SFC and still plays club football at 50 years of age with his club, Aughnasheelin. He has twice beaten cancer and worked since as a frontline worker during Covid-19 at Sligo University Hospital. 

The book launch took place at Carrick-on-Shannon's Landmark Hotel featuring contributions from Byrne, Leitrim's 1994 manager John O'Mahony, Aughnasheelin GAA Club chairman Adrian Cullen and Leitrim GAA County Board Chairman Enda Stenson as well  McHugh.

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