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  • My First Book of GAA

    My First Book of GAA

    Photographs by Joe Butler

    A bright and colourful introduction to the wonderful world of GAA. With simple photographs and clear labels of everything from sliotar to goal and point, this is the perfect gift for the youngest GAA fans – no matter who you cheer for!

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  • Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes

    Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes

    Written by and Illustrated by Oisín McGann

    Things keep disappearing down the back of Grandad's sofa -- who, or what, has taken them? When Lenny and Grandad discover the Kleptoes and their hideout, things turn nasty.

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  • Spies

    Spies

    Ireland’s War of Independence. United friends ... divided loyalties

    By Brian Gallagher

    As the War of Independence grows more lethal, the three friends must decide where their loyalties lie. Then a secret from Johnny’s past changes everything…

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  • Diary Detectives

    Diary Detectives

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    While helping with a car boot sale, Cass finds a very old diary. It talks about picking on the drama kids on the bus, and a horrible prank played  during their end-of-year show. Who wrote the diary? Can the Bubble Street Gang unmask the wicked writer?

    Cass and the Bubble Street Gang Book 3

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  • Vet On A Mission

    Vet On A Mission

    By Gillian Hick

    Vet on a Mission tells the story of a wife and mother of three who sets up her own small animal veterinary practice – the tears, the laughter and the whirlwind of chaos that follows!

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  • Irish Rebellions

    Irish Rebellions

    1798-1921

    By Helen Litton

    Using eyewitness accounts, speeches and illustrative material, Helen Litton describes these most important Irish rebellions, from the United Irishmen of 1798 to the IRA of the War of Independence.

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  • Joey Dunlop

    Joey Dunlop

    King of the Roads

    Written by and Photographs by Stephen Davison

    A celebration of Joey Dunlop's life and career from the public glories to the private moments. Captures Joey in action, his triumphant racing moments, with his family, on his relief missions to Romania. A fitting record of one of the greatest motorcyclists the sport has ever seen.

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  • Taney

    Taney

    Progress of a Parish

    By Carol Robinson Tweed

    A celebration of the progress of a Parish. This is a social and historical profile of the Parish of Taney in Dublin. The origins of this close knit parish and how it has developed over the years. This book explores the culture of this society and engages with the heart of a community.

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  • The Bespoke Hitman

    The Bespoke Hitman

    By Sam Millar

    Sometimes robbing a bank can become a lot more dangerous than you planned.

    Halloween night. Belfast city centre. In the freezing, pelting rain, three men in wolf costumes decide to rob a bank.

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  • Survivors

    Survivors

    A True-Life Titanic Story

    Written by Elisabeth Navratil, Translated by Joan de Sola Pinto

    Based on the true story of the author's father and uncle, who survived the Titanic disaster as children, but could not be identified because they had been travelling under false names.

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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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  • Best-Loved Oscar Wilde

    Best-Loved Oscar Wilde

    Edited by John Wyse Jackson, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

    Told through his own words, this essential introduction to Oscar Wilde’s extraordinary life and work is accompanied by stimulating commentary and stylish design and illustration. For new readers and devotees alike.

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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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