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  • 'A Bit Of A Shemozzleâ

    'A Bit Of A Shemozzle’

    GAA Quips & Quotes

    By Martin O'Duffy

    Packed with witty one-liners and curious quotes from pundits, players and partisans this book is sure to entertain ...at least until the hang sangwiches are ready!

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  • Sam Hannigan's Woof Week

    Sam Hannigan's Woof Week

    By Alan Nolan

    Animal lover and champion Irish dancer Samantha Hannigan is having a truly woof week. She and her best friend Ajay were messing around with the Brain Swap 3000, one of her grandad’s crackpot inventions, and now Sam is stuck inside the body of her neighbours’ dog – and it’ll be days before they can change her back!

     

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  • Dublin

    Dublin

    My Ireland Activity Book

    Written by Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Illustrated by Alan Nolan

    A bright and fun-filled activity book set in Dublin. Puzzles, games, colouring, stories and tons of interesting facts.

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  • A Short History of Irish Traditional Music

    A Short History of Irish Traditional Music

    By Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

    The history of Irish traditional music, song and dance from the mythological harp of the Dagda to Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and beyond. Featuring the tradition's finest musicians and international names.

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  • Napoleon's Doctor

    Napoleon's Doctor

    The St Helena Diary of Barry O’Meara

    By Dr. Hubert O’Connor

    In 1815, the young Dublin doctor Barry O’Meara accepted the opportunity of a lifetime to look after Napoleon Bonaparte in his banishment on St Helena. In one of the most isolated places on earth, doctor and patient became intimate friends.

     

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  • Ireland's Ancient East

    Ireland's Ancient East

    Written by and Photographed by Carsten Krieger

    Take a photographic journey along Ireland’s Ancient East, the official Bord Failte route, with this sumptuous book of 200 photographs, maps and quotations. The pictures will draw you into the history of Ireland from the stone age wonders of Newgrance, through viking conquests up to now.

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  • Lady of the Dance

    Lady of the Dance

    The Choreographer Who Helped Michael Flatley Conquer the World

    Written by Marie Duffy, With Eddie Rowley

    Marie Duffy is the undisputed queen of Irish dancing: she has trained more world champions than any other teacher, and has been Michael Flatley’s right-hand woman for twenty years. 

    Get a behind-the-scenes view of the world of professional Irish dance, and heart Marie's own fascinating & inspiring life.

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  • Feed Your Child Well

    Feed Your Child Well

    Babies, Toddlers and Older Children

    Written by Valerie Kelly and Phyllis Farrell and Theresa Dunne

    Good nutrition in infancy and early childhood lays the foundations for a healthy life. This common-sense guide – now in its fourth edition – provides reliable, practical and unbiased advice on everything from the basics of nutrition to shopping wisely, from dealing with food refusal to allergies and obesity.

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  • The Spiral Path

    The Spiral Path

    Book 3 in The Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    The conclusion of the Ayla trilogy. The battle was won but the enemy has escaped and Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy know their home of Kilnabracka is in serious danger. The town looks untouched, but the friends are being drawn into a trap.

    Only they can save themselves and the townsfolk.

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  • The Truth About Leprechauns

    The Truth About Leprechauns

    By Dr. Robert Curran

    Just what is a leprechaun? To some, he is full of harmless mischief, guarding his elusive crock of gold. To others, an evil gnome bent on disrupting mortal lives with black magic.

    Historian & folklorist Bob Curran turns the spotlight on the ‘real’ leprechaun – mysterious, complex and contradictory.

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  • Best-loved Joyce

    Best-loved Joyce

    Written by James Joyce, Introduced by Bob Joyce, Edited by Jamie O’Connell

    A beautiful and accessible introduction to the writings of James Joyce. Short, entertaining quotes from his major works: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, with more from his poetry & letters, and some family anecdotes handed down to grand-nephew Bob Joyce.

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  • The Dead House

    The Dead House

    ... the past holds constant sway ...

    By Billy O'Callaghan

    Perched on an incline, with the land spilling down to a glittering sea, sits a ruined cottage. It calls to Maggie Turner, who is running from her own demons. But this house has a long, grim history, and has known hard living and far too much death. In some places, some things are better left undisturbed. A modern ghost story by a masterful writer.

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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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