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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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  • The River Shannon

    The River Shannon

    Ireland's Majestic Waterway

    By Carsten Krieger

    The River Shannon is both a visitor’s and a photographer’s delight. This stunning waterway is a feast for the eyes in every season and every time of the day and night.

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  • Fierce History

    Fierce History

    5,000 years of startling stories from Ireland and around the globe

    By Colin Murphy

    Bestselling author, Colin Murphy, explores the historical figures and events that have existed for centuries in the fringes and brings them out into the open for the reader.  Full of historical stories which will intrigue you, captivate you, revolt you and even make you laugh!

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  • Paprika


    By Frank McGuinness

    In the first collection of stories by Frank McGuinness, this award-winning master storyteller writes above all about freedom: freedom to love, freedom from hate, freedom to speak, freedom to silence. In hypnotic, spellbinding prose, Frank McGuinness hears the voices and sees the visions of his own troubled times.

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  • The Pooka Party

    The Pooka Party

    By Shona Shirley Macdonald

    A madcap tale of what to do if you feel sad and lonely, starring one shapeshifting hero with some musical monsters, flying cakes and a guest appearance by the Moon.

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  • Island of Adventures

    Island of Adventures

    Fun things to do all around Ireland

    By Jennifer Farley

    Ireland is full of adventures! Fun and excitement wait around every corner – in the city, in the countryside, and over the mountains. Surf an Atlantic wave, go horse-trekking through the wilderness or dance to Irish music.

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  • The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife

    The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife

    Through the Seasons

    Written by Juanita Browne, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds

    A beautiful picture book tracking nature through the seasons in Ireland. It explores nature in your back garden as well as weird and wonderful natural phenomena, such as the metamorphosis from Tadpole to Frog; the Red Deer rut in autumn; or a starling flock in winter.

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  • The Day Henry Met ... a dog

    The Day Henry Met ... a dog

    Written by and By (artist) Gilly

    One day Henry meets a dog. Dog is sad because she doesn’t have a best friend. This gives Henry a great idea! Join Henry and Dog as they embark on their adventures to find a best friend for Dog! Maybe, they don't need to look that far.

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  • The A to Z of Being Irish

    The A to Z of Being Irish

    From the Angelus to Zig & Zag

    Written by Sarah Cassidy and Kunak McGann

    This handy A to Z is packed with insider knowledge and quirky Irishisms for locals and blow-ins alike. Read it or we’ll tell your Mammy you left the immersion on!

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  • And Life Lights Up

    And Life Lights Up

    Moments that Matter

    Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

    Alice Taylor guides us through the steps and ways to live a conscious life and focus on the goodness of the world around us. Alice also inspires the reader to be attentive to the here and now and embrace moments as they arise.

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  • The Stars Are Our Only Warmth

    The Stars Are Our Only Warmth

    Written by Alice Leahy, With Catherine Cleary

    The Stars Are Our Only Warmth tells powerful truths about Irish life and the people who taught Alice what it is to be alive in this world.

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  • Blazing a Trail

    Blazing a Trail

    Irish Women Who Changed the World

    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

    Salute the remarkable Irish women who changed history in this beautifully illustrated book. From Irish women who made changes in Ireland to those who made changes abroad. From adventurers to inventors; explorers to warriors; from designers to writers; rebel leaders to presidents, this book is a true celebration of Irish Women.

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  • Keep it Country

    Keep it Country

    A Celebration of Irish Country Music

    By Eddie Rowley

    Immerse yourself in all that's great about the vibrant Irish country music scene. From Big Tom, Philomena and Daniel to Nathan, Lisa, Mike and many more, the leading lights of Irish country in their own words. This book is a must-have for Irish country music fans.

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  • Big Tom

    Big Tom

    The King of Irish Country

    By Tom Gilmore

    A tribute to Big Tom McBride, ‘the Johnny Cash of Irish country music’. From labourer to music star, the journey of the singer who brought so much joy to fans at home and to emigrants abroad over five decades.

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  • Tomi


    Tomi Reichental's Holocaust Story

    By Eithne Massey

    ‘At the age of six I began to fear for the future. … By the age of nine I was on the run for my life. … By the time I was ten I had seen all there was to see.’

    The incredible true story of how a small boy survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. An accessible and honest account of the Holocaust that provides lessons that are relevant today.


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