Archive for the Books Category

Review: Irish Contemporary Poets

By Geneva Pattison Dostoyevsky once wrote that “Lying is a delightful thing, for it can lead to truth.” Can a lie be beautiful? This is the topic examined in the poetry collection Lies by bilingual writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa. This […]

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Dublin Port Diaries

‘Dublin Port Diaries’, a collection of Dockland stories and a collaboration between Port Perspectives and Fighting Words, was launched last month at Port Centre with renowned Dublin author Roddy Doyle in attendance. The book is a collaborative project between Dublin […]

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A good read for more than one stormy night: In a Glass Darkly

By Kathrin Kobus Southside of Merrion Square just under 18,000 marathon runners received their well-earned medals in the afternoon sunshine last Sunday. They may not have been aware that in one of the townhouses, next to the Catholic Library resided […]

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Fear of the unknown: The obscure Irish gothic

Geneva Pattison Every year around this time, we are reminded of one of our most hallowed and terrifying literary exports, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Over a century later, the man behind the fangs seems to have punctured every facet of pop-culture. […]

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The Promise Maker

BY Eoin Meegan The Secret Life of Ashley Brown was the first book by new Irish writer George Fitzgerald, which was widely acclaimed on its release. Now the sequel ‘The Promise Maker’ is here. ‘Ashley Brown’, for those of you […]

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Irish Cinema in the 21st Century

By David Prendeville The latest book from Professor Ruth Barton, of Trinity College, is an extensive look at Irish cinema in the 21st century. It’s broken down into eight chapters and covers Irish animation, horror, documentary, history and trauma, Northern […]

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Beneath the Clock

By Kathrin Kobus “Beneath the Clock” is the title of the latest book from Swan Press and is a compilation of mainly poems but also some flash fiction and short prose from writers of the Rathmines Writers Workshop (RWW). It […]

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The Positive Habit

By Eoin Meegan The Positive Habit is a self help book with a difference. Built around six emotional states – love, calmness, confidence, gratitude, hope and happiness – which the author, therapist Fiona Brennan has identified as being crucial to […]

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A Century of Irish Radio 1900-2000

By Eoin Meegan Before there was Instagram, before there was Twitter, radio was the primary medium of communication in this country. It was the social media of its day, and we were all addicts Although still vastly popular, it is […]

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Historical Irish Oddities

By Eoin Meegan Historical Irish Oddities by Allen Foster is a delightful romp through the quirkiness and eccentricities that lie behind the ordinary and seemingly banal. The subtitle of the book is “A Compendium of Extraordinary but True Tales.” Though […]

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