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  • Follow the Old Road

    Follow the Old Road

    Discover the Ireland of Yesteryear

    Written by Jo Kerrigan, Photographs by Richard Mills

    By turning off the main highway and discovering old routes, some of which have been travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland in an entirely different way. Follow the Old Road will take you on a tour of a variety of pathways from great river roads to lost railways.

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  • The Giant's Causeway

    The Giant's Causeway

    And the North Antrim Coast

    By Philip Watson

    The definitive guide to one of Ireland’s greatest natural and cultural wonders. The Giant’s Causeway is a place where myth and science meet: were the spectacular basalt columns formed through the rapid cooling of lava from an underwater volcano, or created by mythical Irish giant, Finn MacCool?

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  • Best-Loved Swift

    Best-Loved Swift

    Written by Jonathan Swift, Edited by John Wyse Jackson

    A fresh view of the life, work and wit of Jonathan Swift, the first of Ireland’s truly great writers, presented through his poetry, fiction, epigrams, social satires and personal letters.

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  • Pass Your Driving Test in Ireland

    Pass Your Driving Test in Ireland

    A Handbook for Success

    By Kathleen Comerford

    For learner drivers preparing for your driving test or international drivers converting to an Irish driving license, this book covers every section of the Irish RSA driving test. Learn to drive safely, discover the most common reasons for failing and avoid accumulating faults during your test. Richly illustrated and completely up-to-date.


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  • Belfast Walks

    Belfast Walks

    By Seth Linder

    Belfast and the surrounding countryside have so much to offer, and are waiting to be explored!

    Hike through wooded glades and past plunging waterfalls, or stroll through the Titanic Quarter and hear about the city’s industrial history. Follow in the footsteps of football legend George Best and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis.

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  • Titanic


    True Stories of her Passengers, Crew and Legacy

    By Nicola Pierce

    This book commemorates the enduring legacy of the world’s most famous ship – TITANIC.

    Her story is one of all those bound together on that fateful voyage. On board were: writers, artists, honeymooners, sportsmen, priests, reverends, fashion designers, aristocrats, millionaires, children, crew and emigrants looking for a better life.

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  • Ireland's Pirate Trail

    Ireland's Pirate Trail

    A Quest to Uncover Our Swashbuckling Past

    By Des Ekin

    Des Ekin embarks on a roadtrip around the entire coast of Ireland, in search of our piratical heritage, uncovering an amazing history of swashbuckling bandits, both Irish-born and imported.

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  • Dublin and the Viking World

    Dublin and the Viking World

    Written by Howard Clarke and Dr. Ruth Johnston and Sheila Dooley

    Dublin and the Viking World is a unique blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the broad generalisation and the rarefied detail, the well-known historical character and the ordinary Dubliner.

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  • Castles of Ireland

    Castles of Ireland

    By Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald

    Castles are the most familiar medieval landmark across the Irish countryside. Their often romantic appearance belies their turbulent history and their lore abounds in stories of sieges, betrayals and daring escapes.


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  • Make The Home You Love

    Make The Home You Love

    The Complete Guide to Home Design, Renovation and Extensions in Ireland

    Written by Fiona McPhillips, With Colm Doyle and Lisa McVeigh and John Flood

    This book will be a practical step-by-step guide to home building, renovation and extension in Ireland, taking the reader from the design stage, through the planning process to building, decorating and finishing touches. The balance of personal stories and professional advice makes this an accessible and inspiring guide to renovation.

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  • Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

    Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

    Delicious Everyday Cooking

    Written by Brian McDermott, Photographs by Fox in the Kitchen, Foreword by Neven Maguire

    Brian believes that tasty, healthy food based around local produce is something every family can enjoy through this collection of achievable, affordable and accessible recipes celebrating the best of Donegal’s warmth and traditions. 

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  • The 1980s

    The 1980s

    Ireland in Pictures

    Written by and Photographed by Lensmen Photographic Archives

    Ireland’s premier photographers, The Lensmen, captured the essence of life in Ireland during the 1980s in their stunning and thought provoking images. This collection offers a fascinating insight into the cultural and political events of the decade. Showcasing an era of change in Ireland, this book is a celebration of a time gone by.

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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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