Dermot Bolger

A Gemma Open Door book
An Irish emigrant in Germany tells his son about football, and about home, through the nostalgia he feels for a match played many years ago. This is the story of Euro ’88, the largest football event on the Continent, and the Irish team are front and center. The excitement is high for football fanatics like Eoin, Shane and Mick, all working abroad. They find themselves in Germany supporting the Irish team, witnessing the highs and the lows and the cultural divides that separate them. For these emigrant friends, home is no longer a birthplace. Home is where their team plays, and there will be many adventures on and off the field before the final whistle blows.
Included in this first Open Door is A Poet’s Notebook—a selection of short poems about ordinary life by the author, with his notes on how and why they were written.
Dermot Bolger is a prolific novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He founded and edited The Raven Arts Press in Dublin, which has become New Island Press, one of the most distinguished literary publishing houses in Ireland. His numerous awards include the Samuel Beckett Award, ÆMemorial Award and The Stuart Parker BBC Award. Dermot Bolger lives in Dublin. The New York Times Book Review called The Journey Home a “rich, conflicted, ferociously vital book.”
In High Germany
Dermot Bolger
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 3.7