Deirdre Gogarty with Darrelyn Saloom: My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box

Friday, March 1st


Sonny Brewer will introduce Deirdre Gogarty and Darrleyn Saloom.  He's also performing "The Boxer" on his guitar, as Dee prepares to work hand pads with a boxer or two. Should be fun!

Although in the late 1980's boxing is socially frowned upon and illegal for women in Ireland, a young women named Deirdre Gogarty has one dream: to be the first world champion. Unable to fit in at school and in the midst of her parents' unraveling marriage, she plans her suicide. Death hovers in the back of her mind, but boxing beckons as Gogarty defies the odds and finds a gym and coach who is willing to train her. Her fierce determination leads to underground bouts in Ireland and Britain. But how can a shy, young misfit become a professional boxer in a country that bans women from the sport?

Gogarty follows her calling to compete and journeys from the Irish Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, from outcast to center ring, from the depths of depression to the championship fight of her life.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Event date: 

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
70130-5968 New Orleans