‘Dare to Dream:’Book launched on Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign

At the Dare to Dream book signing were (front, from left) Niall McGinn, Michael ONeill and Gareth McAuley along with (back, from left) co-author Nigel Tilson and photographer William Cherry, whose pictures are featured in Dare To Dream.Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
At the Dare to Dream book signing were (front, from left) Niall McGinn, Michael ONeill and Gareth McAuley along with (back, from left) co-author Nigel Tilson and photographer William Cherry, whose pictures are featured in Dare To Dream.Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

A book co-written by an Islandmagee man which charts Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign has been launched at an event featuring manager Michael O’Neill.

Senior internationals Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn also gave their seal of approval to Dare To Dream, which was written by local man Nigel Tilson and the Sun’s Northern Ireland football writer Mark McIntosh.

The Northern Ireland manager and players spent over two hours signing copies of the publication for more than 300 fans in Eason’s Belfast city centre store on Tuesday night.

Michael O’Neill, who penned the foreword for the book, and the two players said they were bowled over by the official launch event.

Dare To Dream is being billed as the definitive official record of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign.

It covers the qualification campaign through to the team’s preparation for and participation in the tournament and, finally, the remarkable homecoming.

It provides insights into what went on behind the scenes, the manager’s and the players’ views on the Euro 2016 experience and highlights the Northern Ireland fans’ incredible support for the team.

It features more than 250 stunning colour photographs, including the pictures of William Cherry of Belfast-based photo agency Press Eye.

Through the pictures, many of which are exclusive to the book, and words they have captured the buzz experienced by players and fans alike during the great Euro 2016 adventure.

Published by the Irish FA in partnership with Belfast-based Blackstaff Press, it is available in Eason stores across Northern Ireland.

It is also available to purchase online now from Blackstaff Press at www.blackstaffpress.com.