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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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  • 'A Bit Of A Shemozzle’

    '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 – how can 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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