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  • Castles of Ireland

    Castles of Ireland

    By Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald

    Castles are the most familiar medieval landmark across the Irish countryside. Their often romantic appearance belies their turbulent history and their lore abounds in stories of sieges, betrayals and daring escapes.

     

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  • Make The Home You Love

    Make The Home You Love

    The Complete Guide to Home Design, Renovation and Extensions in Ireland

    Written by Fiona McPhillips, With Colm Doyle and Lisa McVeigh and John Flood

    This book will be a practical step-by-step guide to home building, renovation and extension in Ireland, taking the reader from the design stage, through the planning process to building, decorating and finishing touches. The balance of personal stories and professional advice makes this an accessible and inspiring guide to renovation.

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  • Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

    Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

    Delicious Everyday Cooking

    Written by Brian McDermott, Photographs by Fox in the Kitchen, Foreword by Neven Maguire

    Brian believes that tasty, healthy food based around local produce is something every family can enjoy through this collection of achievable, affordable and accessible recipes celebrating the best of Donegal’s warmth and traditions. 

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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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  • The 1980s

    The 1980s

    Ireland in Pictures

    Written by and Photographed by Lensmen Photographic Archives

    Ireland’s premier photographers, The Lensmen, captured the essence of life in Ireland during the 1980s in their stunning and thought provoking images. This collection offers a fascinating insight into the cultural and political events of the decade. Showcasing an era of change in Ireland, this book is a celebration of a time gone by.

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  • Living the Dream

    Living the Dream

    Written by Daniel O'Donnell, With Eddie Rowley

    In Ireland, Daniel O’Donnell is more than just a singing star: he has reached the status of 'national treasure'. It has been a long journey for the boy from Kincasslagh, County Donegal, and in Living the Dream he tells his story with his customary sense of humour and down-to-earth charm. 

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  • Philomena Begley

    Philomena Begley

    My Life, My Music, My Memories

    Written by Philomena Begley, With Emma Heatherington

    Philomena Begley takes us from her happy beginnings as a bread-man’s daughter in Pomeroy through the devastating loss of her brother Patsy and the risks of touring Ireland at the height of the Troubles, right up to her fiftieth anniversary in show business in 2012 – her ‘gold and silver days’.

     

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  • Dublin Bay

    Dublin Bay

    City by the Sea

    Written by Seán Kennedy and Niamh Kennedy

    Dublin is a city bordered by the sea – in all its moods and beauty. Dublin Bay presents over 250 photographs from Howth in the north to Greystones in the south.

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  • Festival Fever

    Festival Fever

    The Irish at Cheltenham

    By Anne Holland

    Irish victories at the Cheltenham Festival have risen to new levels in the 21st Century across all the races. Interesting and sometimes surprising stories unfold in Festival Fever, The Irish At Cheltenham.

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  • Home For Christmas

    Home For Christmas

    Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

    Join Alice Taylor this Christmas as she welcomes us into her home and shows us the traditions of her family's Christmas. Alice looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this Christmas. 

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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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