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Attention Maeve Binchy Fans
New book in September
Pre-order it now!
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All Things Irish

by Michael Loynd

This tale of life, love, loss and redemption, sprinkled with Irish wit, is like Maeve Binchey meets Andrew Greeley. The author weaves such a satisfying story that I could swear I've met these characters somewhere. Amazon reviewer
Click here for All Things Irish


Redemption Falls
by Joseph O’Connor

This book took my breath away. It is panoramic, yet dense and delicious in detail. It is written gloriously, as if Mr O'Connor toiled at some mighty cathedral organ containing the whole of the English language with its Irish and American flavourings. This is a brave book and only a brave heart could have written it." Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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Strumpet City
by James Plunkett

Set around the great lockout when Dublin employers set out to break the unions in 1913, this is the story of the people at the bottom of the ladder who dreamed of something more but who worked for the next few shillings to get them to the end of the week. At a time in Irish history when so many novels focus on the politics of loyalist versus nationalist, this one tells the real tale of dirty oul Dublin - meaty, raw and captivating.
Edited and adapted from amazon reviews.
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Quentins
by Maeve Binchy

Every table at Quentins Restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal and revenge. There has been great hope and deep despair. The staff who come and go have stories of their own, and the restaurant itself has had times when it looked set fair for success and others when it seemed doomed to failure.
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Turlough
A novel by Brian Keenan

As famine and plague sweep across Ireland, and foreign oppressors drive the people from their land, one man's words and music spreads a message of hope and courage.
Amazon review
See our Article on O'Carolan
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Recipes for a Perfect Marriage
by Morag Punty

A tender, funny, heartfelt novel about Tressa, an uncertain bride and her Irish grandmother, Bernardine, who teaches her the unexpected ingredients of marital happiness. While they are generations and oceans apart, they learn that marriage, like brown bread, is both sturdy and fragile, and should never to be taken for granted.
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The New Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction
Edited by Dermot Bolger

If you want proof that the storytelling tradition is still alive and well in Ireland, a quick scan through 'The New Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction' should dispel any doubts. Many of the names in the contents list have become familiar - Noëlle Harrison, Eileen Brannigan, Trudy Hayes, Pól MacReannachán, Deirdre Nally and more. The range of voices is wonderful and the stories really give you something to think about. Adapted from an RTÉ review by Katie Moten.
Click here for The New Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction.


Whitethorn Woods
by Maeve Binchy

Binchy is at her best in this tender yet potent tale of a traditional land and people threatened and challenged by the forces of change - specifically, the village of Rossmore which overflows with visitors because of the shrine of St. Ann's Well in the woods and which is now threatened by a proposal to build a bypass highway.
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Veneers

by Rita Shala

This is the story of what happens when an English parish comprised of Irish emigrants or their descendants become prime suspects in the murder of a middle-aged woman. Struggling to keep in place the polished veneers with which they have so carefully covered the rawness and decay of their existence, their lives start to unravel and we are exposed to a cast of characters that could be described as street angels and house devils.
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Brigid of Ireland

by Cindy Thomson

It seems an almost impossible task for writers not born and reared in Ireland to realistically convey the Irish idiom of the English language, but Cindy Thomson has been more successful than most. Her account of the early life of St Brigid is told with an obviously deep knowledge of the social history of fifth century Ireland and the rivalry between the old religion, represented by the druids, and the followers of St Patrick. Irish Emigrant
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To learn more about the author please click Cindy Thomson.


In the Province of Saints
by Thomas O'Malley

Even in a field crowded by the wake of Angela's Ashes, this first novel of a hard-scrabble Irish childhood stands out for its eloquence and its bleakness. Set in the 1970s, rural Ireland is still thick with fairy lore, and the old-fashioned ways of simple laborers seem quaint despite the grinding poverty that keeps them stuck in the past. O'Malley records it all in a voice at once innocent and experienced, blending the boy's persistent hope with the adult's tragic knowledge of what's to come. Edited and compiled from reviews on Amazon.
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Mon, Sep 29, 2014


Ireland's Most Haunted Castle

South-east of Birr between Kinnity and Roscrea, in Co. Offaly are the remains of Leap Castle. Originally an O'Carroll fortress, it guarded the pass from the Slieve Bloom into Munster. Said to have more than 50 ghosts, its dark and mysterious past includes the murder of a priest by his brother in the "Bloody Chapel" and the slaughter by their Irish employers of more than 50 Scots mercenaries in order to avoid payment. It has always had a reputation of being haunted and locals have described seeing the windows at the top of the castle "light up for a few seconds as if many candles were brought into the room" late at night. For more details read our article Creepy Irish Castles & Houses.

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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
Click here for Amazon.US.
Click here for Amazon.UK.
Click here for Amazon.Canada.
• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try Powells. They are the largest book source in New York and they have a good selection of 'out of print' books. Click here for Powells.
This link brings you to a list of 600 Irish titles; if you're looking for something else, just Search.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. We've found everything we were after. Click here for ALibris.
• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.



Attention Maeve Binchy Fans
New book in September
Pre-order it now!
Please click Sister Caravaggio



Celtic Bookmark

Elegant bookmark is made of silver over pewter. It measures 3" x 1". When in use, the pretty Celtic design sticks out of your book. Or choose Trinity Knot or Celtic Heart.

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