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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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  • Vinnie Goes to Vegas

    Vinnie Goes to Vegas

    Written by Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

    Vinnie the leprechaun makes gleaming buckles for leprechaun shoes and shiny buttons for leprechaun jackets. He loves his job, and he has a happy life and many friends -- but, oh, how Vinnie longs to be rich! When Vinnie finds a lucky horse shoe, he decides to head to Vegas but he soon finds out that being rich comes at a price!

     

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  • Brendan and the Blarney Stone

    Brendan and the Blarney Stone

    Written by Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

    When Brendan the leprechaun plays the tin whistle, the sound is sweeter than the sweetest songbird. But if only he could speak as well as he plays! His words spill out in a terrible jumble – he goes to the shop to buy peas and accidentally comes home with cheese!

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  • The Last Armada

    The Last Armada

    Siege of 100 Days: Kinsale 1601

    By Des Ekin

    A fascinating new insight into the epic conflicts between Spain’s Philip III and Elizabeth I of England, culminating in the Spanish invasion of Ireland, the fateful Battle of Kinsale and the downfall of the Gaelic insurgent chieftains O’Neill and O’Donnell.

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  • Starring Meg

    Starring Meg

    Star Club Book 2

    By Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    Summer may be over but the Star Club is definitely not and now it's time to plan their next show! Meg has to get used to a new town and new school. Luckily her Star Club friends are there to support her. But will other people accept Meg for who she really is? 

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  • Ireland's Beautiful North

    Ireland's Beautiful North

    Written by Dominic Kearney, Photographed by Carsten Krieger

    From the cliffs of Slieve League to the columns of the Giant’s Causeway, from Belfast’s copper domes to Donegal’s pale sands, Ireland’s Beautiful North introduces the complex rewards of Ulster.

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  • The Clubhouse Mystery

    The Clubhouse Mystery

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    There’s an intruder in the clubhouse!

    The gang find the door left open, crumbs on the table and hairs on the floor. Someone has been sneaking in when nobody’s home.
    But who?

    Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they investigate The Clubhouse Mystery.

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  • A Big Pile of Blarney

    A Big Pile of Blarney

    Written by Colin Murphy and Brendan O'Reilly

    The Irish are world masters at talking. The magic behind our silky, colourful (and non-stop) stories is a little thing called ‘blarney’, or ‘the gift of the gab’. But what is it, you ask, and how can you get some for yourself?

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  • Rugby Runner

    Rugby Runner

    Ancient Roots, Modern Boots

    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin Madden is captain of the Junior Cup team, training with Leinster and aiming for Ireland's Under 16 World Cup team. He also has to deal with grumpy friends, teachers piling on the homework – AND a ghost on a mission that goes back to the very origins of the game of rugby. 

    Books, crooks and rucks - it’s all to play for this term!

     

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  • Before the Dawn

    Before the Dawn

    An Autobiography

    By Gerry Adams

    Gerry Adams offers his own unique, intimate account of the early years of his career, from his childhood in working-class Belfast to the more turbulent years of social activism that followed. Updated with new introduction and epilogue covering the huge changes in Irish society since the Good Friday Agreement.

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  • Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth

    Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth

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

    Danny Brown is always in trouble.
    Why did he take Granny’s teeth to school?
    Just WHAT was he thinking?
    Now Mum is cross, teacher is cross,
    and Granny is VERY cross.
    But Danny was only having fun, wasn’t he?

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  • Brown Morning

    Brown Morning

    By Franck Pavloff

    Charlie and his friend live in a time marked by the rise of an extreme totalitarian regime: the Brown State.
    A remarkable parable of how easily people allow their rights to be removed.

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  • Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush

    Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush

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

    Danny hates brushing his teeth, so when he gets a new toothbrush he wants to get rid of it! He tries blushing it down the toilet, burying it in the garden and throwing it for Keano, his dog, but it keeps coming back!

    A fun story about a boy who can't help getting into trouble. Illustrated in colour throughout.

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  • The Gods and their Machines

    The Gods and their Machines

    By Oisín McGann

    Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence. Thrown together by chance.

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  • The Making of Mollie

    The Making of Mollie

    By Anna Carey

    Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.

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