One of the best Dublin gamers of the trendy GAA era.
a guy who transcended the racial divide to carve out a stellar career.
Foreword by way of Jim Gavin - supervisor of the All-Ireland-winning Dublin team.
Jason Sherlock grew up in Finglas, North Dublin. because the son of an Irish mom and Asian father, he skilled racism all through his early life. at the enjoying fields and basketball courts even if, he came across popularity, besides a new-found self-discipline to fend off the day-by-day name callings. Sherlock represented eire in under-21s football, captained its basketball workforce and spent his summers profitable hurling trophies in Cork.
But in 1995 his lifestyles replaced overnight as he was once plucked from the fringes to develop into the best-known celebrity within the GAA. He received an All-Ireland SFC identify with Dublin, whose supporters gave him his personal track. ‘Jayo Mania’ came out of nowhere and unfold during the state like wildfire. New possibilities arose from his new-found big name prestige. He grew to become a television presenter and commenced to combine with the great and the nice, opened retailers with Sylvester Stallone and Richard Branson, and gladly surfed the wave of celebrity.
His football and GAA performances in spite of the fact that, declined, and he started to suppose as if he was once obvious as a novelty or marketable product, instead of a sportsman. Over the subsequent decade and a part, Dublin didn't win one other All-Ireland and Sherlock grew to become totally captivated with attempting to come again on best. In 2009, he was once dropped from the Dublin panel, his self worth plummeted, and he began to label his occupation as ‘fourteen years of failure’. now not content material to wallow for lengthy, he begun the struggle to get his position again at the workforce.
Sherlock’s tale is one among a conflict for reputation, a struggle opposed to racism, a climb to the top degrees of 3 activities with a cease off alongside ‘Celebrity Way’. it's the trip of a boy who used to be forged head-first into the complete glare of the media and have become an Irish legend. yet greater than anything, this is a narrative of 1 man’s resilience.