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  • Wildflower Girl

    Wildflower Girl

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

    The second book in the famine trilogy
    At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …

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  • Let's Colour Ireland

    Let's Colour Ireland

    By Alan Nolan

    Explore Ireland through your colouring pencils! With this fun variety of Irish landscapes, interesting characters and iconic places. Meet Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle and visit the Rock of Cashel. This is the perfect colouring book for children living in Ireland or visiting from abroad.

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  • Follow the Old Road

    Follow the Old Road

    Discover the Ireland of Yesteryear

    Written by Jo Kerrigan, Photographs by Richard Mills

    By turning off the main highway and discovering old routes, some of which have been travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland in an entirely different way. Follow the Old Road will take you on a tour of a variety of pathways from great river roads to lost railways.

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  • The Giant's Causeway

    The Giant's Causeway

    And the North Antrim Coast

    By Philip Watson

    The definitive guide to one of Ireland’s greatest natural and cultural wonders. The Giant’s Causeway is a place where myth and science meet: were the spectacular basalt columns formed through the rapid cooling of lava from an underwater volcano, or created by mythical Irish giant, Finn MacCool?

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  • Best-Loved Swift

    Best-Loved Swift

    Written by Jonathan Swift, Edited by John Wyse Jackson

    A fresh view of the life, work and wit of Jonathan Swift, the first of Ireland’s truly great writers, presented through his poetry, fiction, epigrams, social satires and personal letters.

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  • Pass Your Driving Test in Ireland

    Pass Your Driving Test in Ireland

    A Handbook for Success

    By Kathleen Comerford

    For learner drivers preparing for your driving test or international drivers converting to an Irish driving license, this book covers every section of the Irish RSA driving test. Learn to drive safely, discover the most common reasons for failing and avoid accumulating faults during your test. Richly illustrated and completely up-to-date.


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  • Belfast Walks

    Belfast Walks

    By Seth Linder

    Belfast and the surrounding countryside have so much to offer, and are waiting to be explored!

    Hike through wooded glades and past plunging waterfalls, or stroll through the Titanic Quarter and hear about the city’s industrial history. Follow in the footsteps of football legend George Best and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis.

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  • Titanic


    True Stories of her Passengers, Crew and Legacy

    By Nicola Pierce

    This book commemorates the enduring legacy of the world’s most famous ship – TITANIC.

    Her story is one of all those bound together on that fateful voyage. On board were: writers, artists, honeymooners, sportsmen, priests, reverends, fashion designers, aristocrats, millionaires, children, crew and emigrants looking for a better life.

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  • Ireland's Pirate Trail

    Ireland's Pirate Trail

    A Quest to Uncover Our Swashbuckling Past

    By Des Ekin

    Des Ekin embarks on a roadtrip around the entire coast of Ireland, in search of our piratical heritage, uncovering an amazing history of swashbuckling bandits, both Irish-born and imported.

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  • Dublin and the Viking World

    Dublin and the Viking World

    Written by Howard Clarke and Dr. Ruth Johnston and Sheila Dooley

    Dublin and the Viking World is a unique blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the broad generalisation and the rarefied detail, the well-known historical character and the ordinary Dubliner.

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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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  • 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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