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Never Knocked Down

Sean Mannion is a boxer from Connemara who has been compared to Muhammad Ali - So, how did this quiet humble hero from the West of Ireland blaze a trail to a World Title shot in Madison Square Gardens in 1984? ...

Documentary maker: Cian McCormack

Cian McCormack is an award-winning reporter with Morning Ireland. He was most recently named News Reporter of the Year in the PPI Radio Awards 2009.

'My bones won't rest here' is his first radio documentary for the Documentary on One strand.

Cian has travelled extensively abroad and at home covering stories for RTÉ. Most recently he travelled to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in January.

Cian also covered the presidential election of Barack Obama in 2008.

For Morning Ireland, Cian likes to hit the road to meet and talk to people about the issues that matter to them. He has broadcast from all over the country doing series on Road Safety, Tourism and Christmas.

His Road Safety series - which Cian did with his colleague John Murray - was awarded the Law Society's Justice Media Award for National Radio in 2006.

Cian's series on Tourism in 2007 brought Morning Ireland listeners from Malin Head to Mizen head, and included his first swim of the summer when he finally reached Mizen Head. And in 2009, he travelled in a campervan living the life of a tourist with his colleague John Murray.

Cian's interest in music has made its way into features. He played Rory Gallagher's 1957 Sunburst Strat electric guitar - something not done by many before him; jammed with Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham; and learned the art of songwriting by The Frames frontman Glen Hansard at Listowel Writers' Week 2007.

Cian's trips abroad have brought him to Liberia in West Africa, where he interviewed the country's president Ellen Johnson-Shirleaf and covered stories in the aftermath of the country's civil war. He was in the United States for the election of Barack Obama as president.

In 2006, Cian reported from France in advance of the Heineken Cup, when Irish fans swamped Biarritz in search of the coveted tickets for the game; and from the Basque region, when calls were being made for the return of Picasso's Guernica to the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilbao. He was back in France in 2008 to find out how Toulouse were preparing for their battle with the mighty Munster in that year's Heineken Cup.

Before joining RTÉ, Cian obtained a Degree in Liberal Arts (Media, Communications and History) from Mary Immaculate College of Education University of Limerick and a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University.

While studying for his primary degree he presented a weekly music programme on Wired FM (Limerick's student radio station), which focused on Indie music and interview sessions with new up-and-coming bands.

After his academic endeavours he lectured in Journalism on the Liberal Arts Degree programme at Mary Immaculate for two years and worked as a freelance print journalist for national and local papers - which included The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, The Sun, The Star and The Mirror.

Cian also worked as a senior reporter with The Nenagh Guardian in County Tipperary where he enjoyed nothing more than submitting Freedom of Information requests on local issues.

And that's what Cian enjoys more than anything - digging for stories! So if you have one, contact him at

Of course, if he's not hunting stories, he'll probably be out for a surf or a run. He loves the waves, but complains they're all on the west coast and not in Dublin.

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