Part memoir, part anecdotal history...

...of Pittsburgh's North Side, where the author grew up, and part football book, "Ruanaidh" follows to its conclusion the extraordinary life of Art Rooney, Sr. - the Chief. The strange-looking title (pronounced Ru-ah-nee) is the Gaelic word for Rooney. Candid personality portraits of almost everybody in the Chief's wide orbit are mingled with tales from Art Rooney, Jr's own high school and college football-playing days, from his time as a failed drama student in New York, from his six months of boot camp training with the Marines, and from his subsequent career as personnel director of his father's football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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HOF Franco Harris and Art Rooney Jr at the Heinz History Center for Francos 40th Anniversary of the Imaculate Reception.

HOF Franco Harris and Art Rooney Jr at the Heinz History Center for Francos 40th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.

Ruanaidh In The News


"Life always seems to be about fathers and sons. I was lucky enough to read Ruanaidh in it's early stages. This book by Art Rooney Jr. is a love letter to his beloved and iconic father Art Sr.. More than that, it's a fascinating telling of the Rooney history of sport and how it helped shape this great city of Pittsburgh. I agree with Gene Collier - "Art Rooney Jr. is the keeper of the flame:" may that flame burn forever in the hearts and memory of everyone who reads this wonderful story."

—Tom Atkins

Actor - "The Chief"
"Art Sr.'s son Art Jr. graduated from St. Vincent College in 1957, and Art Jr.'s brother Dan, now 81, is the team chairman and also served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012. Dan's son Art Rooney II is currently team president. The team has been in the family from the beginning, and the Steelers hold the league distinction of having only three head coaches since 1969. So it's more than a cheer when fans chant "We are fam-i-ly!""

—By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller Catholic News Service

'Faith, family, football' permeates Steelers team, says Benedictine

Cards From Art Rooney Jr.'s Private Collection

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