Related to: 'The Harbour Within'

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Bringing Death to Life

Patricia Scanlan, Aidan Storey, Dr Mary Helen Hensley, Pamela Young
Authors:
Patricia Scanlan, Aidan Storey, Dr Mary Helen Hensley, Pamela Young

Take a heart-lifting journey into the great unknown ...In Bringing Death to Life, well-known author Patricia Scanlan, along with soul friends and metaphysical healers Dr Mary Helen Hensley, Aidan Storey and Pamela Young, shine a light into an area that they believe needs to become part of the ordinary conversation of life, not to be feared or avoided in our communications, but recognised, understood, accepted: death.Patricia, whose experience of the loss of her parents was the catalyst for this book, shares her own journey through grief, while Aidan, Mary Helen and Pamela -- who have abilities to channel, communicate with angels, and intuit and heal between this life and the next -- share personal experiences along with insight into death and the afterlife gained through their work.Included are chapters on facing fear of death, being present during death of a loved one, the aftermath of loss, and connecting to signs and messages from beyond, along with remarkable stories of the afterlife in the everyday. Prayers, affirmations and messages from the angels also make up this special, thought-provoking and ultimately deeply comforting book.

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A Force for Justice

Michael Clifford
Authors:
Michael Clifford
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Taking Heaven Lightly

Roisin Fitzpatrick
Authors:
Roisin Fitzpatrick

'A remarkable book ... Experiences like Roisin's have now been validated by hundreds of scientific studies around the world, and provide evidence that consciousness is more than the brain and indeed that we are more than our bodies. As a guide to enhancing your own spirituality, Taking Heaven Lightly is a love story in the most sublime sense' Dr Bruce Greyson, co-editor of The Handbook of Near Death ExperiencesEach and every one of us is more powerful than we can begin to imagine. Roisin Fitzpatrick discovered this at the age of 35 when, without any warning, she suffered a life-threatening brain haemorrhage. While in the intensive care unit, she felt herself being drawn out of her body and enveloped in a radiant light. There, in a blissful experience of the afterlife, she had the most amazing transformation of her life. She discovered that 'Heaven' lies within each of us, that we are pure love and always at one with the eternal light. After making a full recovery, Roisin decided to radically change her life. In Taking Heaven Lightly, she takes us on an extraordinary journey of integrating the skills from her former professional career with her passion for sharing the beauty of the eternal light and wisdom of her ancient Irish heritage. With courage and compassion she shows by example how our greatest challenges are truly our most precious gifts, enabling us to reawaken and connect with a sense of unity beyond the physical realm.If you are searching for inner peace and greater joy in your life, this ground-breaking book provides inspirational guidance in a practical, reader-friendly style. From the first page, Roisin captures your heart in a powerfully poignant story embracing the true meaning of life. Written with humour and grace, we are given the opportunity to use Roisin's experience like a road map, to take a candid look at our own lives, because a life beyond our wildest dreams is waiting to unfold, here and now, if we have the courage to take that first step towards the light ...

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The Simplest Prayer

The Irish Franciscans
Authors:
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

'Donal Walsh was able to see the beauty in life. He spent his valuable time helping us to open our eyes' Cecelia Ahern, authorDonal Walsh lost his battle against cancer in May 2013, but he left behind an extraordinary legacy. In his short life, he had fought the disease on three occasions with bravery and determination, but he had also come to national attention when he spoke out about suicide in young people in an RTE television interview and, later, in an article in a national newspaper. Donal was determined to open people's eyes to the beauty of life and to help them to see that death is never an answer.His words provoked a national reaction and had real and lasting results - in his death, Donal made us question ourselves and the way we live our lives. Before he died, he asked that his parents continue to spread the message of living life. Here, in this heartbreaking and inspirational memoir, his father Fionnbar gives voice to Donal in a testament to an exceptional young man and to a lasting legacy.

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Calm the Soul: A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer

The Poor Clares
Authors:
The Poor Clares

'We will never achieve true happiness if we continue to search for it outside the very source of love, which we know is God himself.'In Calm the Soul: A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer, The Poor Clares, an enclosed order of nuns based in Nuns' Island, Galway, draw on the fruit of their monastic lives and suggest simple practices to help nourish our souls and find a sense of calm in today's world.With practical advice in preparing for prayer, The Poor Clares look at ways we can slowly build up the amount of time spent in prayer and meditation in our daily lives, to achieve a sense of peace and well-being. They combine reflections on familiar prayers, such as the Our Father and Hail Mary, with meditations on Scripture, and prayers for specific needs such as depression, self-esteem and sickness.An inspiring book of simple spirituality which offers faith and hope to anyone seeking solace in today's world.

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Vanishing Ireland

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

In their years travelling the Irish countryside, award-winning photographer James Fennell and author and historian Turtle Bunbury are constantly struck by the importance of friendship and community in the lives of the people they meet.Here, in Vanishing Ireland: Friendship and Community, they take to the roads of Ireland once again and, through stunning photographs and poignant interviews, bring us the stories, friendships and memories that form the identity of our nation.From sea-swept Ballinskelligs where the traditions of music and storytelling have passed through generations, to the quiet calm of a group of Cistercian monks, we are reminded of a time when kinship and friendship formed the lifeblood of every community; a time before social media and mobile phones, where communicating with a neighbour meant a chat over a cup of tea, on a country lane or over a garden wall.Through times of adversity and prosperity, the bonds of community between people - family, friends and neighbours - has remained a vital part of Irish life. Vanishing Ireland: Friendship and Community celebrates these bonds and reminds us of what it means to be Irish.

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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

'One of the most talented crime writers alive' Washington Post'I've been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French' Harlan Coben, author of SafeSometimes there is no safe place. Nothing about the way this family lived shows why they deserved to die. But here's the thing about murder: ninety-nine times out of a hundred, it doesn't break into people's lives. It gets there because they open the door and invite it in...In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .

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Any Dream Will Do

Maria Duffy
Authors:
Maria Duffy

'Tis the season to be jolly, except for single Dubliner Jenny Breslin ...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 mother's 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.'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
Hachette Books Ireland

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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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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Vanishing Ireland: Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World

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

In Vanishing Ireland II, the follow up to the bestselling Vanishing Ireland I, we take another journey down memory lane and, through a unique collection of portrait interviews, we look at the dying ways and traditions of Irish life. Illustrated with over a hundred evocative and stunning photographs, we meet the people and the customs that are fast becoming a distant memory. Through their own words and memories, men and women from every corner of Ireland transport us back to a simpler time when people lived off the land and the sea, and when music and storytelling were essential parts of life. Vanishing Ireland brings together the stories of those who lived through Ireland's formative years. These poignant interviews and photographs 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.

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GAA Confidential

Darragh Mcmanus
Authors:
Darragh Mcmanus

'If I had to choose between Ireland winning the World Cup and my county winning a provincial title, I'd choose the latter any time'So begins Darragh McManus's accessible, witty, original and observant look at the GAA. We've had books written by pundits and experts, from players, managers and commentators. Now, for possibly the first time, we have a Gaelic games book written by a card-carrying, grass-roots fan of anything and everything GAA. In this humorous, deprecating, Nick Hornby-esque account, McManus takes a look at the GAA; the history, the haircuts, the personalities and the defining moments, from Offaly's Seamus Darby who buried the ball in the Kerry net in the last 60 seconds of the 1982 All-Ireland, to the abolition of Rule 42. He looks at how it's structured and organized, and what makes the Gaelic Athletic Association one of the most successful and vibrant sports bodies in the world. In short, snappy, easily digestible sections, McManus waxes lyrical on how socially, culturally, historically, even philosophically, the GAA is the soul of the Irish nation; and how Gaelic games have yet to take their rightful place on the silver screen - We must look forward to that glorious moment when an Irish director, on scooping the Academy Award for Best Film, leaps on stage, hits Billy Crystal a clatter, grabs the mike and roars, 'A chairde gael! Tá an athas orm an Oscar seo a glacadh ar son an scannan - Cáman Everybody: the Secret Hurling Life of Buddy Holly' This quirky, intelligent labour of love will be bought by GAA fans and players... but will be read by everyone.

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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