The Roscommon man who became a sumo wrestler in Japan

Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Roscommon man John Gunning competed for Ireland in the amateur World Sumo Championships. He’s now an English-language sumo commentator.

Roscommon man John Gunning competed for Ireland in the amateur World Sumo Championships. He’s now an English-language sumo commentator.

 

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Roscommon man John Gunning arrived in Osaka in 2003 to teach English. He doubled his weight and went from being a novice sumo to competing for Ireland in the amateur World Sumo Championships. Read his remarkable story here.

And it’s a long long way…from Tipperary to Alaska: 50 years after oil was discovered in Alaska, Siobhan Peters tells the story of the Irish men and women who helped build the trans-Alaskan pipeline in the 1970s. Among them was her father, a carpenter from Co Tipperary.

You’ll find plenty more stories by and about the Irish diaspora this week on irishtimes.com/abroad.

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