Archive for the Books Category

Keelin Shanley: A Light That Never Goes Out

Eoin Meegan A Light That Never Goes Out is the posthumous autobiography of one of Ireland’s best known and loved broadcasters. Keelin wrote this book in the weeks and months leading up to her death in February, with the final […]

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Thirst for Freedom: Alcohol and the Battle for Irish Independence

David Prendeville This is an exhaustively researched and engagingly written chronicle of the role public houses had on Ireland’s fight for independence. It is divided into Fifteen chapters: The Early Revolutions The Easter Rising The Pubs of 1916 The Employees […]

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A Page from My Life

Michelle Walshe A Page from My Life is a collection of 150 stories from different writers (shortlisted from 2,500 entries) that were submitted to the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in a competition run during lockdown back in […]

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Dublin children share what lockdown is like without a home in ‘Homeless Stories’

A beautiful new book, written and illustrated by children who are experiencing homelessness in Dublin and across Ireland during the current pandemic, was launched today at the end of November by Irish publishing company Emu Ink. In ‘Homeless Stories,’ children, […]

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Tell My Mother I… by Anthony J. Jordan

Eoin Meegan The story of how this book came about, the first novel by Anthony Jordan, is almost as interesting as the book itself. Ostensibly it tells the story of a young girl, Laura Burke, who discovers she is adopted […]

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A new voice in Irish literature

Eoin Meegan Izzy Hodder’s first novel Someone Like You deals with the perennial tale of teen pregnancy. We meet Amy, a 17-year-old girl in her final year at school, whose world is turned upside down when she unexpectedly discovers she […]

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Remembering Eavan Boland Poet, feminist and inspiration

Geneva Pattison In a year filled with so much death, devastation and sadness, the loss of Eavan Boland on the 27th of April felt somewhat surreal. People may have known her from studying her poetry during the leaving cert, some […]

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Book Review: After This Our Exile by Aubrey Malone

Dermot Carmody After This Our Exile is a novel by Mayo-born author Aubrey Malone. Malone, a freelance journalist, has lived in Dublin since 1970, was a teacher for some fourteen years and started writing books in 1996. He has published […]

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Book Review Everyday People: The Colour of Life

Geneva Pattison Everyday People: The Colour of Life, edited by Jennifer Baker, is an anthology of short stories that showcases the work of both emerging and well renowned writers of colour and indigenous writers from across the globe. Each tale […]

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New Irish Poetry Bags of Almonds by Alicia Byrne Keane

Geneva Pattison Amidst this global pandemic, the surreal state of lockdown presented a myriad of challenges for people across Ireland. Feelings of anxiety, loss, worry and longing seem to be a universal experience in relation to this new era of […]

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