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Win

Brent Pope, Jason Brennan
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Brent Pope, Jason Brennan
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The Best is Yet to Come

Alan O'Mara
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Alan O'Mara

Three years ago, when Cavan footballer Alan O'Mara was twenty-two, he spoke out about his battle with depression which led him to contemplate suicide. Only the thought of his parents and the pain that they would experience in his death prevented him from taking his own life. Now, in The Best is Yet to Come, he tells his story.From the role the GAA played in his life, to the decision he made to share his journey, this is an account of an ordinary young man, a GAA star, who found a way to move past the dark thoughts that beset his mind during his worst days, and who discovered that the only way out of the darkness is to ask for help.'In summoning his courage and becoming the first active inter-county player to speak of his experiences with depression, Alan O'Mara gives a much needed voice to an aspect of human experience that has been cloaked in silence and stigma. This book, which is needed now more than ever, gives a rare glimpse into the complex inner world of depression and will give hope to those suffering in silence, guidance to those seeking solutions and inspiration for families and friends supporting loved ones.' Conor Cusack

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Taking Heaven Lightly

Roisin Fitzpatrick
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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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Sons of Cain

Christy Kenneally
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Christy Kenneally

The year is 1953. As the Cold War divides the world, two childhood friends - now foes - carve out an existence. Karl, haunted by the past, teaches history in his home town of Hallstatt, while Max, driven by power and wealth, leads the Fratres, an extreme branch of the Catholic Church -with control of the Vatican his ultimate goal.When Karl is called to Rome to expose the corruption that has infiltrated the Church, the two men are destined to meet again. The past must be put to rest. But at what cost?From Moscow to CIA Headquarters to a Budapest prison, Sons of Cain is an epic tale of lust, power and corruption where deception is a way of life.

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This is Rugby

George Hook
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George Hook

'Even in those early days, I resolved not to be a fan but to be an analyst' George HookWho is the greatest Irish rugby player of all time? What was the best Irish Grand Slam team? Who are the game's greatest rivals?In This is Rugby, well-known rugby commentator George Hook answers these questions and more and, in conversation with RTÉ's Hugh Cahill, debates some of rugby's greatest players, teams, moments and matches.From the World Cups, to the merits of the Lions tour, club rugby and the future of the game, This is Rugby is jam-packed with iconic photographs, memories, commentary and analysis, making this an essential book for rugby lovers everywhere.

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Tears of God

Christy Kenneally
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Christy Kenneally

Fr Michael Flaherty returned to the Island to hide from the world, knowing that those he loves are in danger just because he is alive.But try as he might, he can't escape his past - and, soon, a phone call in the night makes him realise that he has to face his enemy one final time to rid himself of the evil that threatens everything - and everyone - he holds dear.He finds himself in the middle of Jerusalem and in the middle of a fight for the greatest resource the city has - water. As the leaders of the Christians, the Muslims and the Jews argue over which of them owns the vast underground lake beneath the city, those at ground level are involved in a much more simple argument - who should live and who should die?As Michael struggles with his own salvation will he know who to trust and who to destroy?

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Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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The Betrayed

Christy Kenneally
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Christy Kenneally

It's 1940 and Europe is shadowed by war. But in a small village in Austria, Karl, Elsa and Max, three friends on the brink of adulthood enjoy the fading light of innocence.Until one day, the peaceful village is torn apart by the disappearance of Elsa ... her death sealing the fate of Karl and Max forever.Days after her disappearance, Karl is conscripted to the German army. Fighting for his life in the deathly cold of the Russian winter during Operation Barbarossa by day, by night, his dreams are of Elsa.Max has fled to safety to live with his uncle, the Monsignor, in the Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb. There, he becomes embroiled in a genocide, where knowledge is the ultimate weapon and power, the ultimate prize.As the years pass, Max and Karl fight a war that can never be won.Karl, now a Captain in the German army, is haunted by the faces of the men left behind on the battlefields of Russia and the disappearance of Elsa.Max, a priest in Rome, is consumed by power and greed, and a shameful secret he is determined to bury.For Max, only one man has the power to destroy him. Because only Karl knows the truth behind Elsa's disappearance.From the mountains of Austria, to the suburbs of Moscow, the cities of Vienna, Zagreb and Rome, The Betrayed is an epic story of love, loss, heroism and the power of destiny.

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Pearl

Deirdre Purcell
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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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Dear Sebastian

Christine Horgan
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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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Add A Zero

Brian O'connor
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Brian O'connor
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Vanishing Ireland

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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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.

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Vicious Circle

Arlene Hunt
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Arlene Hunt

Amanda Harrington is a Dublin prostitute, working independently with her friend Marna Galloway, in a rented apartment on Mount Street. They see themselves as a cut above, having put the world of pimps and violence behind them. But then they are busted and given a royal dressing down by a disapproving female judge - much harder to tolerate than the hefty fine incurred.And things soon take a serious turn for the worse. Sandy Walsh, a colleague, has been discovered brutally murdered in her apartment. Finding Amanda's mobile number on Sandy's coffee table, soon the detectives are back on her trail, hoping she can help with the investigation.Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose, targeting prostitutes ... Amanda and Marna are about to discover just how vulnerable they are.Bringing this world to life as never before, Arlene Hunt's debut thriller is a riveting, authentic read from a remarkably fresh and distinctive new voice.

Alan O'Mara

Alan O'Mara is a Gaelic footballer with Cavan and an Ulster u21 champion. In 2013, when he was just twenty-two years of age, he went public about his experience with depression.Since then, Alan has become a leading mental health advocate in Ireland and is an ambassador to the HSE's 'Little Things' campaign and the Gaelic Player's Association.In 2016, Alan founded 'Real Talks' to facilitate discussions on the importance of mental health, effective communication, personal leadership and resilience in schools, the workplace, sports teams and other communities.

Brent Pope

Brent Pope is a well-known New Zealand rugby analyst and sports personality who has been living and working in Ireland for many years.

Brian O'connor

Brian O'Connor is an award-winning journalist who has worked on various national newspapers such as Sunday Tribune, Irish Times and the London Times. He was racing correspondent with the Irish Press for four years and has been racing correspondent with the Irish Times since 1997. Brian is married with two children.

Hugh Cahill

Hugh Cahill is a sports broadcaster, commentator and journalist. Currently in his 10th year with RTÉ Sport, Hugh has covered a wide range of international and domestic events, from the Olympic Games, to Rugby World Cups and Cheltenham. Hugh has fronted RTÉ's television coverage of the Christmas Racing Festival and also commentates for World Rugby on the international Sevens circuit.A father of three children, he lives in Wicklow with his wife Louise.

Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan is a psychotherapist, counsellor and mental skills coach from Ireland who lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. During his time there he worked with a number of All Black players and the Super Rugby team The Hurricanes. He still works with New Zealand's national women's cricket team, the White Ferns, as well as with soccer, netball and tennis. He is a regular speaker on stress management for businesses.

Christy Kenneally

Christy Kenneally is a well-known Irish TV presenter and scriptwriter. Christy presented RTE's 'No Frontiers' series and is the author of numeroius bestselling fiction and non-fiction. Christy is married and lives in Wicklow.

Valerie Cox

In a long career as a reporter working in newspapers, radio and television, Valerie Cox has interviewed people from every county in Ireland. Over eleven years working on the Today programme on RTÉ Radio she travelled around the country covering stories as diverse as the closure of schools, Garda stations and post offices. She was out with the rescue services in floods and snow and covered the events that make rural Ireland special, including the ploughing.She is the author of two previous books, Searching, which tells the story of Ireland's missing people, and The Family Courts. Valerie lives in rural County Wicklow with her husband Brian and the couple have five children and four grandchildren.