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The Lives of Eoin MacNeill: The Pen and the Sword

Eoin MacNeill (1867-1945) was a founding figure in the Gaelic League, the Irish Volunteers, and the government of Ireland. As Professor of Early (including Mediaeval) History at University College Dublin was also one of the foremost Irish historians of his generation. As a professor, a politician, and the leader of a paramilitary organisation, MacNeill fused […]

Visual Time Traveller, 21st Century Renaissance

Another Visual Time Traveller popup gallery/bookshop has opened for the month of December at Proprint, 66A George’s St Upper, Dún Laoghaire. With thanks to Keith Guthrie, the owner and proprietor, who is kindly selling during the weekdays while Alison Hackett will be there on Friday afternoons and weekends.  21st Century Renaissance Books and prints available including first editions […]

Podcast, Burning Books Ireland with Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan tells Ruth McKee which books he’d save if his house was on fire in the latest episode of Burning Books. Listen to Burning Books, with Donal Ryan  Author Donal Ryan talks to Books Ireland editor Ruth McKee about empathy, the mystery at the heart of writing, Doris Lessing—and having a crush on Sylvia Plath—as he reveals which books he […]

The Presidents’ Letters: An Unexpected History of Ireland

A gorgeously produced homage to the art of the letter, comprising letters to and from the Presidents of Ireland. By Flor MacCarthy | 9781848407695 | Large format illustrated hardback | 304pp | €24.95 Shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the Year. With over 400 letters, memos, cards, telegrams, drawings, notes and photographs, The Presidents’ Letters reveals a personal and unexpected story […]

New Netflix series is based on “Sharing the Wisdom of Time”

A book that looks to our elders for wisdom and inspiration Pope Francis set the bar high when he conceived the idea of pooling the wisdom of elders with the passion and energy of youth. The result is a book, Sharing the Wisdom of Time, in which the lessons learned by older generations become a […]

Little Island Books Present Book Selection Boxes for Christmas

Little Island Books Present Book Selection Boxes for Christmas To help with the festive panic, Little Island Books have created book selection boxes, chock full of great reads for every age group from babies to young adults. And to make your life even easier, they’ll even wrap the books for you! Each order comes with […]

Setting the Stage: Transitional playwrights in Irish 1910-1950

by Philip O’Leary, Cork University Press There was no native tradition of theatre in Irish. Thus, language revivalists were forced to develop the genre ex nihilo if there was to be a Gaelic drama that was not entirely made up of translations. The earliest efforts to do so at the beginning of the 20th century […]


A Story of Analog Devices’ Start-up in Limerick Oak Tree Press In 1976, despite the reservations of some corporate board members, Analog Devices began operations in a small SFADCO advance factory unit in Limerick with a start-up team of 13 people – among them the author of The Future Years, Pat Cunneen. Today, Analog’s Limerick […]

Royal Irish Academy, Irish Lives in America

Irish Lives in America Edited by Liz Evers and Niav Gallagher Royal Irish Academy November 2021 / 9781911479802 / PB / 344pp / €19.95 This collection documents fifty Irish people featured in our Dictionary of Irish Biography who made an indelible mark on American society, politics and culture. Buy the book and watch the launch […]