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The author's mother - an otherwise devout Roman Catholic - would often rant about the treatment of the Irish by the Brits and she would always end the rant with "if you only knew the half of it." This led the author on a quest to find out what she meant. The result is a thorough yet thoroughly entertaining retelling of Ireland's history and its unfortunate and luckless relationship with England (with no aplogy to the English, that is). Available in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon. Please click The Half of it.

The Book of Tara
by Michael Slavin

In this book, the fascinating Hill of Tara and its demesne are made accessible to the general reader. With an eclectic use of wide-ranging sources, the author combines anthropology, archaeology, ancient, medieval and modern day history with geography, geology, legend, myth and local folklore.
Click here for Tara.

Over 100 color illustrations, dozens of enlargements, and commentary by the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College make this a book a bargain at twice the amazingly low price.
Click here for Book of Kells

Heritage of Ireland:A History of Ireland & Its People

Scholar, Nathanial Harris, offers a lavishly illustrated and authoritative text on Ireland's history, from the Ice Age to the present.
Click here for Heritage of Ireland

“Cahill's lovely prose breathes life into a 1,600-year old history.” The L.A. Times
Click here for Irish Saved Civilisation.

Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl

In the mid-17th century, Irish men, women and children were sent as slaves to work the sugar plantations in Barbados. This rarely-told chapter in Irish history is exposed in a haunting debut novel by Kate McCafferty. Not surprisingly, it's #1 on amazon's most popular Irish list.
Click here for Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl.

The former editor of Ireland's tourism magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes, Elizabeth Healy is an expert on Ireland with a deep love of her subject. Originally from Cork, she now lives in Dublin, and works as a freelance journalist.
Click here for Holy Wells.

Wars of Irish Kings
by David Willis McCullough

For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, this book moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. The book tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English.
Click here for Wars of the Irish Kings.

Guide to Sacred Ireland
by Cary Meehan

This book is an essential companion for all those interested in Ireland's history, mythology and folklore. Ireland possesses such a vast number of ancient sites that most of them remain unknown and all but forgotten except by those who live nearby. This book offers directions to some 800 sited on the entire island of Ireland.
Click here for Sacred Ireland.

The Grand Tour of Kerry
by Cornelius Kelly

This anthology brings together the impressions from over sixty writers. From Giraldus Cambrensis in the 12th century to Robert Mitchum nearly 800 years later. In between, William Wordsworth, George Bernard Shaw, Kate O`Brien, Brendan Behan, J.P. Donleavy, and numerous others take to the highways and byways of the Kingdom.
Click here for Grand Tour

Irish Gangs & Stick Fighting:
In the Works of William Carleton
by John W. Hurley

Before you see Martin Scorcese's film 'Gangs Of New York', read John W. Hurley's book. It provides first-hand accounts of Irish gangs and fights, written by a 'reformed' Irish stick-fighter, and vividly describes Ireland's fighting culture which was governed by a code of honour Hurley correctly calls 'Shillelagh Law'. If you are Irish or have an interest in Irish gangs, Irish boxing, the shillelagh, or Scorcese's film, you will really enjoy this book. Adapted from an Amazon review.
Click here for Stick Fighting.

A Little History of Ireland
by Martin Wallace

This little book may rank as the most concise history of Ireland to date. Nevertheless, it is also a comprehensive and informative account, tracing as it does the entire recorded course of Irish history from the arrival of St Patrick in the fifth century through to independence, partition and the present day.
Click here for A Little History of Ireland.

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Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Irish God and Goddess of love

Oengus is the Irish God of love, beauty and youth. According to the old folklore, his kisses became birds. It is also said that he dreamed of a beautiful maiden, named Caer, for whom he searched all over Ireland. Eventually, he found her chained to 150 other maidens, destined to become swans at the time of Samhain. Legend has it that Oengus transformed himself into a swan and was united with his love.
Aine of Knockaine is the Irish Goddess of love. She is also known as the Fairy Queen of Munster and as a goddess of fertility beause she has control and command over crops and animals, especially cattle. Another name by which she is known is Aillen. To learn more about Irish mythology, please click Irish Myths & Legends.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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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.

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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