Related to: 'Days We Remember'

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The Christmas Voyage

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

Will wishes come true this holiday season? Find out in the sparkling new festive novel from No.1 bestselling author Deirdre Purcell...It is almost Christmas on the Santa Clara cruise liner, and as the ship sets sail from Barcelona for the last time, dramas big and small are to unfold. On board is Kitty Golden, beautiful ex-model and wife of New York financier Saul Abelson, some 25 years her senior. They look the picture of cool contentment, but looks can be deceiving.Dubliner Mary Dunne is on board with no less than eight members of her boisterous Irish family, intent on celebration. For Mary, though, a long-hidden past brings its own twist...And wide-eyed young novelist Roxy Smith is intent on observing all in a bid to find story for that difficult second novel - until she too gets caught up in the action.With handsome Captain Leifsson in firm command of the ship, if not his heart, who knows what the journey's end will bring. The Christmas Voyage is a seasonal story of high drama, romance and extraordinary outcomes.

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The 50 Francis Street Photographer

Suzanne Behan
Authors:
Suzanne Behan

From the 1950s to the 1990s, John Walsh ran his photography business out of a small shop on 50 Francis Street in inner city Dublin. For over forty years, he took thousands of photos on all aspects of Dublin life - funerals, communions, weddings, christening, concerts, and events. Here in this collection, for the first time ever, the images from the 50s and 60s are brought together with the words of his granddaughter Suzanne Behan to give us a unique and nostalgic look of an integral part of changing city. From religious processions and Dublin traditions, to when women drank in the snug and the 'good suit' came in and out of the pawn shop when needed, The 50 Francis Street Photographer is a collection of stunning, original photographs, a fascinating social history and celebration of people and places.

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The Husband

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell
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Woman in the Making

Rory O'Neill
Authors:
Rory O'Neill

1968. In a small town in the west of Ireland, a beautiful baby boy is born. He enjoys an idyllic country childhood: privileged, carefree, surrounded by love - and pet sheep. Eleven years later, the Pope visits Ireland, and things will never be the same again. At the Pontiff's mass in Knock, the little boy has an epiphany that will set him on the road to become the biggest, boldest, and most opinionated drag queen Ireland has ever known. This is the story of Rory O'Neill's journey from the fields to becoming Panti Bliss, the voice of a brave new nation embracing diversity, all the colours of the rainbow and, most of all, a glamorous attitude. It's also the story of a misfit who turned his difference into a triumphant art form; of coming to terms with HIV; of political activism; and of 'Pantigate', and the speech that touched a million lives. Welcome to the world of Panti - adored, fun drunk aunt to the world - and her creator Rory, in their own inimitable words.

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The Winter Gathering

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell
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Now That I've Found You

Ciara Geraghty
Authors:
Ciara Geraghty
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You'll Ruin your Dinner: Sweet Memories from Irish childhood

Damian Corless
Authors:
Damian Corless

Whether your taste was for fiddlestix or Flavour Ravers, Trigger bars or Two and Twos, Marathons or macaroons, Peggy's Legs or Push Pops, Liquorice Allsorts or Little Devils, You'll Ruin Your Dinner has something for you.From the heyday of Cleeve's toffee to the birth of the Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp, it transports us back to the days when sweet shop windows across the country boasted tempting confectionery displays, when summer was heralded with a visit from the ice-cream cart, and when Grafton Street was the sweet shop capital of Ireland.And then there was the golden age of Irish-made sweets, when the entire nation downed tools to listen to Fry-Cadbury's soap The Kennedys of Castleross and Gay Byrne cut his teeth on The Urney Programme.The next three decades brought enduring favourites along with fleeting fads, but the craving for a sugar-rush remained steadfast for generations of Irish kids to come. These mouth-watering memories are captured here across the decades in an assortment that will keep you dipping back in for more - and it won't ruin your dinner.

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You'll Ruin your Dinner: Sweet Memories from Irish childhood

Damian Corless
Authors:
Damian Corless

Whether your taste was for fiddlestix or Flavour Ravers, Trigger bars or Two and Twos, Marathons or macaroons, Peggy's Legs or Push Pops, Liquorice Allsorts or Little Devils, You'll Ruin Your Dinner has something for you.From the heyday of Cleeve's toffee to the birth of the Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp, it transports us back to the days when sweet shop windows across the country boasted tempting confectionery displays, when summer was heralded with a visit from the ice-cream cart, and when Grafton Street was the sweet shop capital of Ireland.And then there was the golden age of Irish-made sweets, when the entire nation downed tools to listen to Fry-Cadbury's soap The Kennedys of Castleross and Gay Byrne cut his teeth on The Urney Programme.The next three decades brought enduring favourites along with fleeting fads, but the craving for a sugar-rush remained steadfast for generations of Irish kids to come. These mouth-watering memories are captured here across the decades in an assortment that will keep you dipping back in for more - and it won't ruin your dinner.

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Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
Authors:
James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury

In Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times, award-winning photographer James Fennell and bestselling author Turtle Bunbury once again journey the length and breadth of Ireland to bring us an extraordinary, powerful new collection of poignant interviews from ordinary men and women who share with us their memories, providing us with an invaluable link to the past.Through words and stunningly evocative photographs, we meet the people of Ireland who lived through adversity and hardship during the formative decades of independent Ireland, yet whose courage, kindness and humour remains intact. We talk with those who watched friends and family sail for foreign shores, and lose ourselves in a world where life was simpler, yet somehow happier; where storytelling, fiddle-playing, céilís and communal pastimes cemented the deep friendships that became the lifeblood of each community.As stories are shared beside the warmth of a fire in farmhouses in Kerry and Clare; in the turf sheds of Limerick and Tipperary; over cups of tea and glasses of whiskey in the kitchens of Wexford, Sligo and Dublin; in the cobbled yards of Wicklow and Tipperary; in the shadow of the hills of Leitrim and Donegal; on the pavements of Dublin City; and against the sound of crashing waves on the coast of Galway, we meet the people who have lived through times of change as the past comes alive through their words.Blacksmiths, saddlers, harness makers and coal miners, mattress makers, factory workers, bonesetters and cattle drivers, all are gathered here as we are afforded a glimpse of the inimitable spirit of the people of this country. The world continues to change but, gathered within these pages, are stories and to be cherished, to keep the past alive long into the future.

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Pearl

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

In 1920s rural Ireland, Pearl Somers lives happily with her parents, her sisters Opal and Ruby, and her little brother Willie in the gate lodge of Kilnashone Castle, where her father is chauffeur to Lord and Lady Areton. But one dreadful night, a series of dramatic events unfold and the lives of all - elite and ordinary - are changed forever. Over 40 years later, Pearl has become a successful writer. Yet there is one story she has never told, until her young cousin Catherine confesses a secret of her own that opens a door to Pearl's past - one she thought had been firmly sealed forever. When Catherine discovers Pearl's story of heartbreak and yearning, she determines to do her best to reconcile past and present. But is it too late for Pearl to find her own happy ending?

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Scandal Nation

Shane Coleman, Mick Clifford
Authors:
Shane Coleman, Mick Clifford

We are where we are has become one of the great truisms of the current crisis facing the country. But how did we get here and can an inspection of the roots of our modern failings - of government, state agencies and church - help us to pave a way forward? Scandal Nation argues the case as it analyses twelve key events since the foundation of the Irish state that shaped us as a nation. It examines the culture within which these events occurred, how they unfolded and their impact on what followed. THE SCANDALSDEV'S FAILURE TO TALK THE TALKThe Civil War and the inception of a culture of party loyalty that has come to define modern Ireland for the worse. SWEEPING DIRT UNDER THE CARPETThe Hospital Sweepstakes scandal and how the rule of law is ignored by successive governments . . . when the price is right.JOBS FOR THE BOYSThe 'Battle of Baltinglass' and the prevailing culture of jobbery in Irish public life.IN A STATE OF DISGRACEThe overturning of Noel Browne's Mother and Child Scheme of the 1950s, and its legacy on Church-State relations.A DONATION ONCE AGAINTACA in the 1960s and how it set the scene for the cosy culture of business donations in politics.PLANNING FOR THE PAY DAYFrom the first ignored warnings about Ray Burke and planning corruption right through to the planning tribunal, which lingers to this day.THE BENT ARM OF THE LAWFrom the activities of the 'Heavy Gang' of the 1970s to the Morris Tribunal.BLOOD SISTERSThe Hepatitis C blood scandal and the failure of state agencies and government to face up to their mistakes, favouring denial of responsibility over the plight of citizens.DOING THE STATE SOME DISSERVICECJ Haughey and the culture of corruption in the body politic.BANKING ON THE STATEThe ICI and AIB bailout in 1985 and the culture of loosely governed banks and ensuing state bailouts.BEN THERE, DUNNE THATHow a drug-fuelled holiday in Florida ultimately led to the Moriarty Tribunal.PASSPORT TO A NEW LIFEThe 'passports for sale' scandal, as successive governments put a price on Irish citizenship.

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Emerald Anfield

Keith Falkiner
Authors:
Keith Falkiner

Liverpool FC is one of the world's leading football clubs - and a host of talented Irish players have played a significant part in its history. Here, Keith Falkiner looks at the proud history of Liverpool F.C. through the eyes of its Irish players, managers and fans taking in the great highs and desperate lows of this inimitable club. From its successes at national and European level to its involvement in the one of the greatest tragedies in modern sport at Hillsborough Emerald Anfield traces the Irish experience throughout this history, revealing a history of a club that stands through its supporters. Emerald Anfield traces these stories from the very beginning, from Monaghan man John McKenna, the first Liverpool manager, who oversaw the club's progression to professionalism to fellow Ulsterman, Elisa Scott, goalkeeper with Liverpool for twenty-two years right through through to the success of John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton, to the era of Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Robbie Keane and Steve Finnan. Featuring a profile of every Irish player to don a Liverpool jersey since the foundation of the club, Emerald Anfield pays homage to all those from the Emerald Isle who have helped write the glorious history of Anfield.

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Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia

Shane Coleman, Michael Clifford
Authors:
Shane Coleman, Michael Clifford

In March 2008, Bertie Ahern announced his resignation as Taoiseach, prompted by ongoing evidence in a planning inquiry that uncovered he had received large sums of money when minister for finance. Yet, even in defeat, he remained the most popular politician of his generation, one for whom the defining 'Teflon Taoiseach' tag had not entirely slid away. However, what made Bertie Ahern unique was not his enormous popularity or the revelations about his personal finances, but his dependence on a power base largely separate to Fianna Fail: 'the Drumcondra Mafia', a largely unknown, fiercely loyal, close-knit group of friends. When Ahern was Taoiseach the centre of power was arguably as much in St Luke's, the legendary constituency office bought by the Drumcondra Mafia, as in Government Buildings.Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia takes the reader inside the organisation and examines how they not only established the most efficient electoral machine in the country but put 'their man' in the most senior political office in the state. It also details how, in his rise to power, Ahern acquired substantial sums of money while propagating the image of a man with no interest in money. Finally, it tracks his descent with the investigation into his finances, a descent punctuated by one final victory, in the 2007 general election. This is the story not just of Bertie Ahern but of the men and women who travelled with him on his extraordinary journey.

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Dear Sebastian

Christine Horgan
Authors:
Christine Horgan

Every parent's fear is not to be there for their child, to answer their questions, to give them advice and guide them through life.When Jordan Ferguson was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of thirty-four and told he had only months to live, a psychologist advised him to write a letter to his nine year old son Sebastian for when he wasn't there - a letter with words and advice to help him when he was growing up. But Jordan wanted to leave a lasting legacy for his son. He decided to gather together words of wisdom and advice from a host of Irish people who have succeeded and excelled in life. The result is Dear Sebastian, a collection of letters to a young boy from writers, politicians, artists, clergy, sports stars, musicians and business people with their poignant, honest and inspirational thoughts on living life in the best way possible. The letters in Dear Sebastian deal with the pain of loss but above all they speak of hope, of the optimism of life, and the enduring power of love.Jordan passed away quickly and without having had the chance to write his own letter to Sebastian. In his final days, he asked his mother to complete the book. She gave him her word that she would do this. Jordan died on 27 June 2008.Dear Sebastian is a father's remarkable legacy of love to his son.Contributors include: Gay Byrne, Ronan O'Gara, Shay Given, Derek Davis, Christy Moore, Pat Kenny, JP McManus, Gloria Hunniford, John Magnier, Daniel O'Donnell, Sr Stan, Brian Cowen TD, Pauline Bewick, Patrick Kielty, Nicky Byrne and many others.

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Follow Me Down to Dublin

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

In the course of conversation, she learns how her birthplace is viewed and remembered by a host of Dubliners - from broadcasters to shop workers recalling showband days; by the city's writers, actors, historians and, most tellingly, her ordinary folk who, with wit and fondness, share far from ordinary reminiscences, Here are images of the clip-clop of Guinness drays, of thronged and opulent Corpus Christi processions, of penitential but sociable rounds of The Seven Churches on Holy Thursdays, of Jewish tailoring houses, of the gentle self-sufficiency of the Dublin Protestant - and of an intimate, impenetrable lingo spoken and understood only by those in the city's retail trade.In words and pictures, we learn about the closure of the fabled Frawley's of Thomas Street - a hugely emotional event for the staff and its heartbroken customers - about the ballroom of romance in the Broadway Café in O'Connell Street, about the blowing up of Nelson's Pillar and the devastating fire in Power's Distillery, about Moore Street then and now, about the spread of the city into the 'new Dublins' of Finglas, Crumlin and beyond. Dubliners featured include Dermot Bolger, Catherine Hogan, Peter Sheridan, Ronan Sheehan, Geraldine Plunkett, Aidan Mathews, Pat Liddy, Larry Gogan, Bernard Farrell, Deirdre McQuillan and Kevin Hough, all of whom agree that what makes the city special is the indomitable spirit of the Dubliner. Follow Me Down to Dublin is a book to be savoured by Dublin's natives, her 'blow-ins', and by all who have enjoyed even a passing acquaintance with Anna Livia and her court.

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Diamonds and Holes in my Shoes

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell
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Tell Me Your Secret

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

An evocative and dramatic novel told in the voices of two narrators: Violet, who in 1944 is imprisoned in the tower of a rambling country house by her family; and Claudine, a modern-day property negotiator who becomes involved in handling the sale of the derelict Whitecliff in 2004. Violet's story is of young innocent love for a local lad taking an unfortunate twist, while Claudine is a thoroughly twenty-first-century character: daughter of a loving father with a less loving stepmother, she marries in haste after her father's death, and is at a turning point in her life when she starts to find out the true story of Violet. Is happiness a possibility for these women in their separate and very different worlds?

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Children of Eve

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

Deirdre Purcell

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland`s National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards. She has written numerous fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and regularly presents 'What it says in the papers' on RTE's Morning Ireland.

Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh has worked in publishing and literary journalism for a number of years. She wrote a popular and humorous column on family life for the Irish Independent for some years, and this was followed by a memoir on motherhood, In My Mother's Shoes, which became a number-one Irish bestseller in 2010. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent books pages. Alison lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.Follow her on Twitter at @authoralison or visit her website at www.alisonwalsh.net