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John Thuillier  tells of community suffering, seafaring under lofty masts and billowing sails and life ashore in the taverns and coffee houses, aboard ships and in ‘lewd’ houses. This comprehensive overview of Kinsale’s seafaring tradition will be enjoyed by all who appreciate a whiff of salty spray and the adventure attached to ships...
A unique companion to bird-identification reference books,  Birds of Ireland  focuses on our interaction with birds, wild, domesticated and extinct. Glynn Anderson identifies over 150 birds of Ireland, giving each name (in Irish and English) and its meaning, a description and associated beliefs, myths, legends, weather lore,...
Birds have been important symbols in our art and culture for thousands of years. They feature strongly in Irish myths and legends, have inspired poets and painters, and feature in many place names. This latest book by Niall Mac Coitir draws together the stories, customs and folklore that have gathered around Ireland’s birds, both wild and...
On St Stephen's Day 1960  Dónal Donnelly  made his dramatic escape from the prison known as 'Europe's Alcatraz'. Using hack-saw blades, torn sheets and electric flex, Donal broke out of Crumlin Road Prison, running the gauntlet of searchlights, alarms and machine-gun nests. Three years earlier, the teenage Dónal had been convicted...
Deemed too small for his school’s Gaelic football team at the age of fourteen, Rob Heffernan took up race walking on a whim. Over the next twenty-three years, driven by a fiercely competitive nature and a dogged desire to be the best in the world, he strode his way to the pinnacle of the sport, becoming world champion of the 50km walk in Moscow...
This book goes out to all the boring history teachers YouTube sensation John D. Ruddy ever had. ‘History plays a vital role in our lives. It acts as a reminder of what could go wrong but also what could go right,’ the trained teacher comments, before adding, ‘History can also be destroyed by lists of dates and names.’ John finds the story...