An Irishman Abroad

Dennis Taylor: Episode 299

June 8, 2019

Dennis Taylor’s journey from factory worker in Tyrone to the pinnacle of snooker was more than bizarre and unusual. He left Ireland without a snooker cue or any thought of turning professional. At that time there was barely a professional version of the game. He explains to Jarlath how he realised that he had a talent by chance in a local snooker club in the north of England (6:00). Within 5 years he was listed as one of the top ten players in the world and gunning for the world title. 

Dennis opens up about the unseen grind of the game (20:00), his friendship with the late Alex Higgins (55:00), the effects of being an overnight celebrity (24:00), Ronnie O’Sullivan (35:00) and much much more. Whether you’re a snooker fan or not, this is an episode about a unique life you can’t fail to enjoy with one of the best characters ever to play the game.

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