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Rory's Story

Nobody thought Rory O’Connor would make it – written off as ‘thick’ at school he struggled to find a career he felt he could succeed in. When a hot tip led to a win on the horses it was the beginning of a dangerous spiral into a gambling addiction that gnawed away at his self-esteem even further.

How did the man who thought he had nothing to live for go on to become a stand-up comedian selling out venues around Ireland and reaching 800,000 people through his social media platforms? This is Rory’s Story.

Told with his trademark humour, this straight-talking memoir is a book for anyone who wants to be inspired by an ordinary man’s mental health journey.


'A witty and moving look behind one of the biggest comedy success stories of recent years.' Donal Lynch, Sunday Independent


'Great Read' Kieran Cuddihy, The Hard Shoulder


''Brilliant' Dermot and Dave


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Publication Date

September 2020




Paperback, 288 pages

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Gill Books


By Rory O'Connor With Dermot Crowe

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Rory O’Connor is a stand-up comedian and the mastermind behind the phenomenally successful Rory’s Stories. From its modest beginnings as a Facebook account where Rory would share anecdotes, skits and observations about life as a GAA supporter, today it is one of the biggest social media pages in the country and Rory has published two previous books of the best of Rory’s Stories with Gill Books.

Dermot Crowe is a sports-writer with the Sunday Independent.

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