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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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  • The Woodcutter and his Family

    The Woodcutter and his Family

    By Frank McGuinness

    The World War intensifies in Europe. In Zurich a writer breathes his last imagining his life till now from his childhood in Dublin. The voices of his family circling him – wife, son, daughter. And James Joyce has saved for them one last story to delight and defy them: The Woodcutter And His Children ...

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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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  • Kerry

    Kerry

    The Beautiful Kingdom

    By John Wesson

    Take a grand tour of Kerry and discover its people, landscape and wildlife – from the lush pastures of the North to the tranquil lakes of Killarney, from the other-worldly Skellig Islands to the serenity of the Blaskets and the rainbows and snow-capped mountains of Macgillycuddy's Reeks.

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  • Pawns

    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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