Related to: 'The Harbour Within'

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A Force for Justice

Michael Clifford
Authors:
Michael Clifford
Hachette Books Ireland

The Simplest Prayer

The Irish Franciscans
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The Irish Franciscans

In today's world, we can often feel at sea, unsure of where to turn in times of trouble. We might want to pray, but don't know where to start or what to say. Here, in The Simplest Prayer: A Book of Love and Faith, the Irish Franciscans show us how we can find a sense of peace and solace when we most need it.With practical advice on meditation and using Jesus' own words for help in difficult times, this beautifully illustrated book shows us how we can bring him into our lives and achieve that sense of happiness and serenity that we all seek. It reminds us that we are loved and that, even in the darkest times, we are not alone. We can bring peace to our lives in the simplest way and with the simplest prayer: to Jesus.The Simplest Prayer is based on The Year of the Holy Name of Jesus and on a website created by the Poor Clares and the Irish Franciscans for the Year of the Holy Name.www.holyname,ie

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Donal's Mountain

Fionnbar Walsh
Authors:
Fionnbar Walsh
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Calm the Soul: A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer

The Poor Clares
Authors:
The Poor Clares
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Vanishing Ireland

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
Authors:
James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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What If?

Martina Reilly
Authors:
Martina Reilly

When Lily Flynn's memory starts to fade, she dusts off the long-forgotten diary she'd kept when she was fifteen and slowly begins to fill in the details of her life.Five years later, when Lily is admitted to Lakelands Nursing Home, a helper finds the diary and a letter addressed to Lily's daughter Deirdre with instructions that the diary be read aloud to her.Lily's last wish is that Deirdre learn the truth about her birth so that she might be able to understand her mother's choices all those years ago.And there begins a journey of three women - Lily, a young woman dreaming of the day she can escape to the city; her daughter Deirdre who has always felt responsible for the life her mother never had; and Zoe, the young helper who reads the diary to Deirdre.As each woman steps back in time, they realise that while life might turn on a single moment, what happens afterward is up to them.

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Broken Harbour

Tana French
Authors:
Tana French
Hachette Books Ireland

Any Dream Will Do

Maria Duffy
Authors:
Maria Duffy

'Tis the season to be jolly, except single Dubliner Jenny Breslin is feeling something a little closer to gloomy. Everything about her life - her boring job at the bank, the complete lack of romance - has been untouched by holiday magic, and she dreads the thought of spending yet another festive season with her larger-than-life mother and her new boyfriend.Thank God for Twitter, a place where there are always people ready and waiting to have a chat. She's even managed to make a couple of genuine friends there, even though she's never met them IRL (that's 'In Real Life' by the way).'So who's on for a few days in Dublin? Would love to meet you all in person. I have a spare room in my house' - this drunken tweet to her Twitter pals changes Jenny's life forever. Before she knows it, she's counting down to a Christmas visit from London-native Zahra Burns, make-up artist to the stars; Fiona Lee, a stay-at-home mum from Galway, and nurse Kerry (the Twitter buddy Jenny feels closest to).Suddenly, Jenny becomes aware of how her life will appear to these strangers. In a word: Boring. It's easy enough to pretend that you're an exciting and sophisticated person when nobody can see you, but now Jenny's worried about being caught out in the occasional lies that she's told. All the more incentive to change her life for the better! But once her pals arrive, Jenny finds herself pining for the past and wondering if people are ever who they claim to be.

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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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Sonas: Celtic Thoughts on Happiness

Catherine Conlon (Editor)
Authors:
Catherine Conlon (Editor)

Whether revealed as something to be glimpsed, grasped, sought after or savoured, here a host of Irish people express what happiness means to them, in diverse and often deeply personal ways. Not all are well-known, but each one has done something fulfilling and lasting in their lives.The pieces in Sonas: Celtic Thoughts on Happiness reflect the philosophies, motivations and spiritual paths that can help us to keep an optimistic eye to the future, even in troubled times. A book to bring a smile to your face.Contributors include Bertie Ahern, Derval O Rourke, Michael Flatley, Peter McVerry, Patricia Casey, Alice Taylor, Vincent Browne, Fintan O Toole, Patricia Scanlan, Sebastian Barry, Seamus Heaney, Francis Brennan, David Norris, John O Shea, Sr Stanislaus.

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Vanishing Ireland: Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
Authors:
James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
Hachette Books Ireland

Dear Sebastian

Christine Horgan
Authors:
Christine Horgan

When Jordan Ferguson was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of thirty-five 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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Confessions of a Fallen Angel

Ronan O'brien
Authors:
Ronan O'brien

Following a near-death experience as a child, a young boy becomes cursed with the ability to foresee the deaths of the people closest to him. These visions come to him in his dreams and, following a disastrous attempt to save a childhood friend from drowning, a set of terrifying events begins to unfold. As a young man, he finds redemption in the arms of Ashling, his beautiful wife. But then the visions return...This is a story about one mans struggle to live an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances; about love lost and found and the vast range of emotions that can be weathered by the human heart. This is a story where dreams come true but where dreams can turn into nightmares; a place where true love will prevail and where death is only the beginning. Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Rathgorman CONFESSIONS OF A FALLEN ANGEL is a truly remarkable debut novel that will grip you from the first line and surprise you to the last.

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GAA Confidential

Darragh Mcmanus
Authors:
Darragh Mcmanus
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Vanishing Ireland

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

Vanishing Ireland is a unique collection of portrait interviews looking at the dying ways and traditions of Irish life and taking us back to an Ireland virtually unrecognisable to today's post-boom generation. Illustrated with over a hundred evocative and stunning photographs, we meet the people and customs that shaped the cultural identity of the Irish nation. Through their own words and memories, sixty-four men and women transport us back to a time when people lived off the land and the sea, when music and storytelling were essential parts of life, when a person was defined by their trade. Divided into five parts - Children of the Field, Children of the Music, Children of the Horse, Children of the Trade and Children of the Water - Vanishing Ireland brings together the stories of those who lived through Ireland's formative years. We hear of children harassed by the Black and Tans, of céilís in kitchens, and the rigours of working in the fields, of the wonder of electricity and the devastation of emigration. From coalminers to saddlers, farmers to fishermen, along with horse dealers, publicans, housemaids and musicians - these remarkably poignant interviews and photographs, in their simplicity and honesty, will make you laugh and cry but, above all, will provide a valuable chronicle that connects twenty-first century Ireland to a rapidly disappearing world.

Sister Consilio

Sister Consilio was born in 1937 in Brosna, County Kerry. She was one of seven children and her upbringing in Kerry with her parents and brothers and sisters had a profound effect on her faith, establishing in her a spirituality which has carried her through life.After training as a nurse and midwife, Sister Consilio joined the Sisters of Mercy in Athy, County Kildare at the age of twenty-two. While working in St Vincent's Hospital in Athy, she came into contact with many 'road men' - men who used to travel round with no home to call their own. It was through meeting the 'road men' that Sister Consilio had the idea to provide a place of safety and love for people with no home. There are now five Cuan Mhuire rehabilitation centres throughout Ireland providing help and treatment for those in addiction.Sister Consilio still works at the Cuan Mhuire centres, helping those in need.

Sr Consilio

Sr Consilio Fitzgerald SM trained as a nurse, midwife, and subsequently as a counsellor. In 1966 while working in St Vincent's Hospital in Athy, she first met the 'men of the road' and others who were deeply troubled by addiction. It was from this engagement that Sr Consilio discerned her calling and Cuan Mhuire was established and has grown and developed under her leadership. Today, Cuan Mhuire is Ireland's largest internationally accredited, multi-campus provider of detox and residential rehabilitation services, supported by transition or step-down facilities, which span the whole of the island.On any one night, there are upwards of 600 residents in Cuan Mhuire centres, and every year, more than 3,000 residents participate in their programs for alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. Sr Consilio's work in the Republic has been acknowledged by the President of Ireland, and her work in Northern Ireland by the UK government when she was awarded an OBE from the Queen, as well as by professional and civic bodies for her work with individuals and families in addiction who are homeless and in distress.

James Fennell

Based in county Kildare, James Fennell is one of ireland's leading photographers. He works primarily in the fields of fashion, interiors, travel and portraiture. He has contributed to Living in Sri Lanka and Irish Furniture. He has traelled extensively and is a regular contributor to Vogue Living, Cara and The Irish Times amongst others.

Martina Reilly

Martina Reilly, formerly known as the author Tina Reilly, lives in County Kildare with her husband and two children. Catch up with Martina on her website www.tinareilly.info, on Facebook or on Twitter @MartinaReilly

Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham was born and educated in Ireland. His novels include the widely acclaimed Monument trilogy, Tapes of the River Delta, Consequences of the Heart and Love in One Edition. He also publishes thrillers under the pen name Peter Benjamin. Peter Cunningham lives in County Kildare.