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  • Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi

    Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi

    Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Lisa Jackson, Translated by Francesca d'Angelo

    A stunning illustrated Italian translation of Irish legends, including: The Salmon of Knowledge, How Cú Chulainn Got His Name, The Children of Lir, The King with Donkey’s Ears, Fionn and the Giant, The White Wolfhound, and Oisín.

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  • Where's Larry? The Colouring Book

    Where's Larry? The Colouring Book

    By Philip Barrett

    Follow Larry the Leprechaun around Ireland, and see if you can find him in Newgrange, at the Cliffs of Moher and in Dublin's St Patrick's Day Parade! With this new colouring book you can find Larry as you colour!

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  • We're Going to the Zoo!

    We're Going to the Zoo!

    Written by and By (artist) Sarah Bowie

    Kitty’s excited to be going to the zoo. Her big sister Clara thinks it will be boring! But when they get there, there’s so much going on!

    Follow the sisters around Dublin Zoo and meet the cheeky giraffe, the swimming tiger and lots, lots more.

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  • Mollie On The March

    Mollie On The March

    By Anna Carey

    Mollie Carberry is a suffragette! Well, sort of. Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women’s rights – even though no one else really knows about it. But when they hear a big protest is being planned,
    they know they have to take part.

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  • Rugby Heroes

    Rugby Heroes

    Ghostly Ground, Deadly Danger

    By Gerard Siggins

    Take a dive into history – with some help from rugby legends of the past!

    Eoin Madden is Castlerock College’s star player and he's been called up for Ireland in the Under 16 Four Nations -- how will he juggle sport and school work? But his biggest challenge of all goes right to the heart of Irish rugby.


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  • Danny Brown and his Daft Dog

    Danny Brown and his Daft Dog

    Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

    It's freezing at the park! Granny has warm socks. Baby Susie has a warm hat. Poor Keeno has nothing to keep him warm. Not to worry... Danny has a plan. What could go wrong?

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  • Danny Brown and the Big Surprise

    Danny Brown and the Big Surprise

    Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

    Danny's back! And he's in trouble with Granny - again! This time he has to keep Granny's secret until Mum's birthday, but Danny isn't very good at being good. Can he keep the secret without getting into trouble? What do you think?

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  • Socks for Mr Wolf

    Socks for Mr Wolf

    A Woolly Adventure Around Ireland

    By Tatyana Feeney

    Mr Wolf loves looking good. Mr Wolf loves to dance. But more than anything in the world Mr Wolf loves his beautiful socks. Until one day, a hole appears in one … WHAT can he do? Follow Mr Wolf on a woolly adventure around Ireland as he tries to save his socks!


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  • Red Rover, Red Rover!

    Red Rover, Red Rover!

    Games from an Irish Childhood (That You Can Teach Your Kids)

    By Kunak McGann

    With easy instructions, handy tips and ‘risk’ ratings’, RED ROVER, RED ROVER!  will whisk you back to those carefree days of childhood and, if your creaky old bones are up to it, inspire you to get out with the kids and revel in those games all over again.


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  • Making Millions

    Making Millions

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    The gang need money and quick, and they have some super-genius ideas on how to make it! Like Operation Start a Company, Make Loads of Money for Nicholas’s Project and Probably Also Become Millionaires!

    Continue the adventure with Cass and the Bubble Street Gang with this second book in the series.

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  • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

    A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

    Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Steve McCarthy

    Owls and pussycats, cockles and mussels, golden stockings, wiggly worms and rattlin’ bogs – they’re all here, and more. Another wonderful collection of rhymes to delight any child, from the author and illustrator Sally Go Round the Stars.


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  • Stand By Me

    Stand By Me

    By Judi Curtin

    What if something happened long ago that still makes you sad? Graham is Molly and Beth’s favourite uncle, so they really want to help him fix the past – and since the girls know of a mysterious door that can take them back in time, maybe they can!


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  • Pawns


    Ireland's War of Independence

    By Brian Gallagher

    During the War of Independence, friends Johnny, Stella and Alice grapple with conflicting loyalties – then matters come dramatically to a head on the night the Black and Tans set Balbriggan ablaze during a murderous night of vengeance.

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  • Mad Grandad and the Wicked Pictures

    Mad Grandad and the Wicked Pictures

    By Oisín McGann

    Grandad and Lenny are trying to paint the living-room. But Grandad's paint is very old and it's gone all strange. Everything they paint comes alive. And the pictures are evil …and very hungry!

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  • Mad Grandad and the Mutant River

    Mad Grandad and the Mutant River

    By Oisín McGann

    Lenny goes fishing with his grandad, and he is amazed when they drag up a mermaid in her car! But then they find there is much, much worse waiting for them in the deep and dirty river ...

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