The Irishman was abandoned by his parents at age 4 and sent to orphanage. He didn't start running until he ran a 4:52 mile in college. He then smooth talked his way to be coached by Joe Vigil and eventually ran 3:35 and made the 1996 Olympics.
Cathal Dennehy catches up with him with my favorite read of the year so far.
Sounds like a tough guy. They don't make them like this nowadays.