RIGHT TIME AND PLACE – the memoirs and more of Michael O’Carroll, the pioneering RTE Sports Producer and Motoring Journalist can now be bought from the RPM website.
His fascinating insight into the behind the scenes development of motorsporting coverage on the Irish National broadcasting station has chapters on the pioneering same-day coverage of the Circuit of Ireland Rallies in the 1980’s; the live broadcasts from the Phoenix Park and Mondello; RTE’s Grand Prix coverage in the 1990’s, when the Jordan Grand Prix Team was at it’s peek.
The man recounts his school days in Roscrea, his time with the ESB in the Midlands, as a bus conductor in London and a pastry cook on the Cunard Steamship Company with amazing recall. His extraordinary adventures landed him Havana in the middle of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 which he started his journalistic career when he sent ‘behind the lines’ reports and pictures to the Daily Express in London.
He then studied journalism in New York before returning home to become a founder member of Telefis Eirenn in 1961. Michael loves all sports and in addition to motorsport he has been in ‘the right place at the right time’ for many of the greatest sporting moments of the last half century.
Amazingly he also found time to produce an often controversial but always constructive motorsporting column in the Evening Press for 23 years, and his Michael O’Carroll Motorsport Annuals and Yearbooks for 26 years.