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Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat

Geneva Pattison Winner of the 2020 An Post Book Awards’ Irish Book of the Year category, A Ghost in the Throat is a truly unique and delicately woven piece of prose. Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s book invites the reader to discover […]

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Mary Lavin: First female Irish writer to have a public area named after her

Mary Lavin: First female Irish writer to have a public area named after her

Geneva Pattison For the first time in Irish history, a public area will be named after a female Irish writer. The writer in question is the pioneer of women’s writing, Mary Lavin. The new Mary Lavin Place will consist of […]

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Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass: Review

Aifric Kyne Lana Del Rey’s debut venture as a poet is as one would expect, given the singer’s whimsical Americana persona. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (Simon & Schuster, 2020) uses the Californian landscape as backdrop to poems exploring […]

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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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