By Roisin Meaney
'A thoughtful, engrossing read. Warm and insightful. Roisin Meaney is a skillful storyteller' - Sheila O'Flanagan, author of The Missing Wife, on The Reunion.It's their twenty-year school reunion but the Plunkett sisters have their own reasons for not wanting to attend ... Caroline, now a successful knitwear designer, spends her time flying between her business in England and her lover in Italy. As far as she's concerned, her school days, and what happened to her the year she left, should stay in the past.Eleanor, meanwhile, is unrecognisable from the fun-loving girl she was in school. With a son who is barely speaking to her, and a husband keeping a secret from her, revisiting the past is the last thing on her mind.But when an unexpected letter arrives for Caroline in the weeks before the reunion, memories are stirred.Will the sisters find the courage to return to the town where they grew up and face what they've been running from all these years?The Reunion is a moving story about secrets, sisters and finding a way to open your heart.
By Bairbre Toibin
When Margaret Dempsey, daughter of a prosperous town merchant, falls in love with Michael Carty, son of a Fenian farmer, her family strongly disapprove. Bound closer by adversity, the couple enter their married life idealistic, yet innocent. Soon, however, their idyll is threatened, as Michael finds himself drawn into the struggle for Irish independence. Revolutionary movements bring the outside world crashing in on them, threatening all they hold dear. In 1916, Margaret fights to keep their growing family safe against the odds.Told in prose of extraordinary clarity, The Rising is a profoundly moving love story that delves deep into the mindset of Irish Republicanism, along with the complex social relationships of town and country during that era. An engrossing account of family, memory, history and belonging.
By Declan O'Donnell
Take the first step to creating the home of your dreams . . .We all love our homes, but sometimes they can frustrate us. With underused spaces, cluttered living rooms, neglected hallways, impractical kitchens and lack of storage, the list of things we'd like to change can seem endless. In Rooms, award-winning architect Declan O'Donnell shows us how we can release our inner designer to create a home that works for the way we live. From open-plan living, to cleverly designed kitchens, home offices, extensions, attic conversions and clever storage ideas, Declan looks at common problems and solutions and, regardless of budget, helps us to channel our inner creativity to make changes to our home - to live better.
By Patrick O'Reilly
'Rala has a gift for making people feel at ease and special at the same time' Paul O'ConnellPatrick 'Rala' O'Reilly has been bagman for the Irish rugby team for over twenty years. In that time he's witnessed many highs and lows. But for him rugby has always been about the people, the places and the experiences.Here, with his own inimitable wit and humour, he shares with us his unique memories of his time spent at the very centre of Irish and Lions rugby.From his early days with Terenure RFC to touring with the Lions in 2009 and 2013, to pre-match traditions, pranks, iPod playlists and his love affair with Inishbofin, he tells a behind-the-scenes story of team spirit and friendship. With anecdotes from Keith Wood, Brian O'Driscoll, Donncha O'Callaghan, Jamie Heaslip, Peter Clohessy, Paul O'Connell and others, Rala: A Life in Rugby gives us an insight into the world of rugby - as never seen before.'He's a gent, a role model ... but, most importantly, he's a great friend' Jamie Heaslip'Even when I stopped being captain, I'd find my bags in my room when I arrived at the hotel, and my laundry hanging on the back of my door. He didn't have to do that, but then there's so much that he didn't have to do, but he still did' Brian O'Driscoll
By Louise Phillips
Can criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson get inside the mind of a killer before he strikes again?Red Ribbons is the first book in the series featuring Dr Kate Pearson by Dublin author Louise PhillipsA missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave - her body identically arranged. The hunt for the killer is on.The police call in profiler Dr Kate Pearson to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But there's one vital connection to be made - Ellie Brady, a mother institutionalised fifteen years earlier for the murder of her daughter Amy.What connects the death of Amy Brady to the murdered schoolgirls? As Kate Pearson begins to unravel the truth, danger is closer than she knows . . .
By Zoe Miller
Tamarisk Manor is more than just a family business - but will it tear this family apart? An engrossing story filled with drama, glamour and rival passions...For the beautiful and aloof Serena Devlin, Tamarisk Manor is more than just a family business. It's her life. And her legacy.For her twin brother, the charming and privileged Jack, the luxury 5-star haven only holds constant reminders of his wife and her tragic death.But the future of Tamarisk depends on them both and Serena will stop at nothing to protect her legacy.When Jack leaves for La Mimosa, their sister hotel in France, Serena is left to run the hotel alone, chasing after the coveted Haven of the Year award she so desperately wants, while struggling to cover the cracks appearing in her own marriage.Then Jack returns home a changed man. As Serena is forced to confront her choices, she discovers just how much she is willing to sacrifice to succeed...
By Philip Nolan
In this hilarious, no-holds-barred account, journalist Philip Nolan packs his bag (maximum 10kg, please) and takes us on an adventure that is not for the faint-hearted as he flies with Europe 's biggest low-cost airline. Using Ryanair destinations as a route planner, we grab our boarding passes and fight for the first available seat as we travel with him to towns we've never heard of ( Tampere and Wroclaw , anyone?) and to cities we've always wanted to visit. From watching the pilgrims completing the Camino in Santiago de Compostela to cheering with the fans in Frankfurt during the World Cup, from having his alpha waves channelled at a spa in Austria to a little soul cleansing at the baths at Lourdes, from the all-night party that is Riga to the eerie hush of Beauvais on a slow Monday night, we are treated to a kaleidoscopic snapshot of the quirks and foibles of a continent. Ryanair has opened up Europe 's treasures, and a few complete dumps too, in a way never before possible. From Biarritz to Blackpool to Bratislava , Pau to Pisa to Porto, Vienna to Valencia to Venice , Philip Nolan completes a whirlwind tour of the continent he calls Ryanland. The journey is whimsical, wistful and laugh-out-loud funny, as we travel on a spellbinding no-frills odyssey.
By Christy Kenneally
The Pope is dying.In the catacombs of San Domatilla, deep beneath the streets of Rome, a militant group of disaffected priests are urged to wage a new Inquisition. As the priest Michael Flaherty accepts a new appointment to the Vatican department run by the African-American cardinal J. Arthur Thomas, he enters a state within a state where priests vie for influence and power. A former US Marine, Flaherty finds himself in a different kind of war - made all the more deadly because both sides wear the same uniform and nothing is as it seems. In the shadow of the Pope's final days, Michael Flaherty steps into the crosshairs of those who ruthlessly pursue the ultimate prize... the Church itself.They are The Remnant.
By Brian Kennedy
When Fergal Flynn's remarkable singing talent is discovered by world-famous opera star Alfredo Moretti, the young man leaves his native Belfast and sets out for Rome, to study under the famous singer.It's a far cry from working-class Belfast, but Fergal soon finds out that excaping from a troubled past is not just a matter of geography. The more he tries to hide his rough edges, the harder it becomes for him to unearth his true voice. Then, Sudden news from home means he must returns to face one of the biggest challenges of his life.As Fergal begins to see his life in a new light, Alfredo faces his own drama as his buried past come back to haunt him. The result is an enchanting, funny and moving tale of coming to terms with your true self and of learning to recognise the signs when love comes to town.
The Rocky Years
By Ferdia Mac Anna
The Road to Croker
By Eamonn Sweeney
In a hilarious and riveting account of the 2003 GAA season, award-winning writer Eamonn Sweeney recalls the highs and lows of a remarkable summer, and on the way describes why understanding GAA is central to understanding the Irish psyche.Includes interviews and anecdotes from players, managers, supporters and a host of weird and wonderful characters he meets along the way.The Road to Croker is set to become the GAA book for 2004.