A former player, captain and manager of the Republic of Ireland football team, John Giles is one of the most respeccted figures in Irish sport. A proud northsider, John was born on Ormond Square in the north inner city and grew up between there and the Navan Road before moving to Manchester United as a 15 year-old. He played for Manchester United, Leeds, United, West Brom and Shamrock Rovers. Just 18 when he made his debut against Sweden, he was capped 59 times between 1959 and 1979 and he managed Ireland 37 times.
Cathal Mac Coille is a co-presenter of the Morning Ireland news programme on RTÉ Radio 1. From Clondalkin but now living in Phibsborough, Cathal caught the journalism bug during a summer spent editing the Irish language magazine Comhar before returning to his studies for a BA in history at UCD. He was employed as a researcher on several RTÉ radio programmes before getting his first job on the Nuacht desk in the newsroom in 1975. He has also worked as a reporter with RTÉ’s Belfast staff, a political correspondent for TG4 and a reporter on the Sunday Tribune. In 2011, Cathal was named PPI News Broadcaster of the Year.