Events and social

Book Launch: (Poetry and Art) 13th November, Maynooth University Library

Be that as it may by poet Clare O’Reilly, and visual artist Nuala O’Dea

Published by Meadow Press

The lobby of Maynooth’s impressive contemporary Jean Paul II library was abuzz as a crowd gathered to view the exhibition and attend the launch of the accompanying book. The show and book is a result of a collaboration between two artists – poet Clare O’Reilly, and visual artist Nuala O’Dea.

The book was launched by Lucina Russell, Kildare Arts Officer with guest performances by poets Jimmy O’Connell and Sean Ruane.

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Book lovers mark your Autumnal diaries for The Annual Dublin Book Fair

7 -8 th October 2017 at The Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street.

Saturday: 12-6pm and Sunday: 11.30-5pm, €3 admission.

Organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), featuring established booksellers from England, Scotland and Ireland

A veritable array of rare, antiquarian and out-of-print books, prints, maps & ephemera for sale. For more information see PBFA website.

Reading: July 13, 2017 Regent House, TCD Dublin, Countess Markievicz

The beautiful and historic surrounds of Trinity’s Regent House provided the background for this literary fund raiser for the not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation Women for Election. Award-winning Irish author Martina Devlin read from her latest short story Countess Markievicz. Martina reimagined Markievicz back to life – almost 100 years after she became our first female minister. The Countess had plenty to say about how little things had progressed. Martina weaved some genuine Countess Markievitcz quotes into her wonderful short story!

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Exhibition Opening: April 7th, ‘Parks Our Shared Heritage’ at the , Dublin

Hennessy Literary Awards: March 28th, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Results 2017:

Exhibition Opening: February 9th, The Typographic Dante,  The National Print Museum, Dublin

The Typographic Dante is an exhibition of letterpress and typewriter art by Barrie Tullett. This is an on-going project that will illustrate each of the 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy using a different “obsolete” technology for each of the three books. The 34 cantos of The Inferno are realised through letterpress printing, the 33 cantos of Purgatory are created on the typewriter, and the 33 cantos of Paradise will be illustrated with Letraset. Exhibition continues until 2 April 2017.

Book Launch: December 6th, The Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.

‘Dancing with Luck’  by Rory Brennan 

Published by The American University of Paris

The book, currently accompanying an exhibition at AUP, includes sonnets by Rory Brennan, painting by Iranian-American artist Rafael Mahdav and texts by David Galloway and Jonathan Shimony.

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Book Launch:22nd November, The Irish Writers Centre

onwords and upwords by Anamaría Crowe Serrano published by Shearsman Books

The evening began with a few words from the publisher, Tony Frazer, and was followed by an insightful introduction by poet and fiction writer Liz McSkeane. Anamaría then read a selection of poems that ranged in theme from the crisis in Syria, to love, to experimental performance work that echoed the musical compositions of French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Pictured below: Anamaría Crowe Serrano, Liz McSkeane, and left to right Paul Donnelly, Anamaría Crowe Serrano, and Mark Kealy.  onwords and upwords is available from Books Upstairs and online.



Dublin Book Festival: November 10-13th, Smock Alley, Dublin.

We were delighted to attend the 10th anniversary Dublin Book Festival, where we set up a Books Ireland stand for the weekend alongside the bustling Gutter Bookshop in the atmospheric Winter Garden. See pics below of the gorgeous gift hampers we were giving away free with every print subscription. Packed with books kindly donated from The O’Brien Press and Little Island Books, BAMB Goodies such as mugs, bags and T-shirts, Calendars from CoisCéim, literary themed cards from Literature Ireland and miniature tipples from Irish cream Liqueur Coole Swan and Dublin based Whiskey distillery Teelings. Click here if you are interested in a Christmas Gift Hamper and gift subscription.

Friday saw the 4th annual Publishing Ireland Trade Day event which was a full day programme packed with useful, insightful and engaging talks and discussions. Including a short address from our very own publishing manager, Una MacConville, who spoke about the various funding and support options available for Irish publishers.

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Book Launch: 6th October, City Hall, Dublin.

Dublin Since 1922 by Tim Carey. Published by Hachette

The splendid and historic surrounds of City Hall provided the ideal background for the recent launch of Tim Carey’s latest book Dublin Since 1922.

The book was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr with guest speaker, writer Joseph O’Connor.

Tim Carey is a well-known historian who has written extensively on Irish history and, in particular, the history of Dublin.  He is Heritage Officer for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Pictured below Tim signing copies of his book, Bob Johnson Gutter Bookshop, Joseph O’Connor, Ciara Considine Hachette, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr, Sinead Carey and Nuala McGranaghan.


Book Launch: September 21, Gutterbookshop, Dublin.

‘“Trouble Is Our Business – New Stories by Irish Crime Writers’, Ed. by Declan Burke

Published by New Island Books.

Pictured clockwise below: Author Eoin Colfer, Paula O’Hare and Declan Burke.

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Book Launch: September 22nd, Books Upstairs, Dublin.

‘Miraculous Miranda’  by Siobhán Parkinson

Published by Little Island.

Pictured below: Author Siobhán Parkinson reading and PJ Lynch who launched the book.

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Book Launch: September 22, O’Connell House, Merrion Square, Dublin.

‘Irish fine art in the early modern period: new perspectives on artistic practice, 1620-1820′  

Eds. Jane Fenlon, Ruth Kenny, Caroline Pegum, Brendan Rooney. Published by Irish Academic Press.

Pictured clockwise below: Conor Graham, IAP. Prof. Andrew Carpenter, UCD. Jane Fenlon, Editor. Author Tim Fanning speaking.

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Book Launch: August 31, Iveagh House, Dublin.

‘“Paisanos: The Forgotten Irish Who Changed the Face of Latin America”’  by Tim Fanning

Published by Gill.

Pictured left below: Author Tim Fanning speaking.

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Book Launch: August 31, Hodge Figgis, Dublin.

‘The Trout’  by Peter Cunningham

Published by Sandstone Press.

Pictured below: Author Peter Cunningham signing copies and a packed house!

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Book Launch: August 25, Tara Visitor Centre, Meath.

‘Tara: the guidebook’  by Mairéad Carew

Published by The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland

Pictured below: Author Mairéad Carew speaking and Prof  George Eogan who launched the book with Fiona Eogan

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Book Launch: August 22, The Hibernia Club, St Stephens Green, Dublin.

‘Public Procurement: rules of the road’  by Peter Brennan and Joanne Gillen

Written by Dr. Peter Brennan and Joanne Gillen, the book provides considerable insights about every aspect of tendering from sourcing information; to developing a bid strategy; through to contract fulfilment.

Published by Carrowmore. The book is available for purchase from Amazon in both print and Kindle eBook format.

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Book Launch: August 10, Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dublin.

‘The Whiskeys of Ireland’  by Paul Mulryan

Wine, Whiskeys and Crisps….couldn’t bate it with a stick!

Published by O’Brien Press.

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Book Launch: August 9, Winding Stair Bookshop, Dublin.

‘Berlin – A Literary Guide for Travellers’  by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger

The Dublin launch for this literary travel guide; the co-author Marcel Krueger was there to introduce the book and read some extracts.

Published by I. B. Tauris.

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Book Launch: July 14, Easons Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

‘Lying in Wait’  by Liz Nugent

Published by Penguin Random House, the book was launched by Rick O’Shea.

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Little Island summer party: July 6th, House, Leeson Street, Dublin.

Celebrating the launch of three titles from our summer list;

Author readings, food and eponymous libations courtesy of Little Island Craft Cider!

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Pictured: Jenny Murray (CBI), Gráinne Clear (Little Island), Siobhan Parkinson (former Laureate na nÓg)

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Irish Branch of the Booksellers Association manifesto launch: July 7th, Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin.

Press launch exploring the critical issues facing the Irish book trade and library suppliers and announcing the release of the ‘Bookselling for Ireland’

Manifesto is available hereRead more about this event here at 

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Pic 1 – Frank O’Rourke TD. Pic 5 – Tony McLoughlin TD and Frank Kelly (Chair of Booksellers Association Irish Branch). Pic 3 – Members of the Booksellers Association (Irish Branch) John P Treacy, Bob Johnson of Gutter Bookshop, Brendan Storey of International Books, and Giles Clifton, Head of Corporate Affairs, Books sellers Association UK.  Pic 4 – Gerry Adams TD, Frank Kelly , and John P Treacy (MD International Education Services). Pic 5 – Jan O’Sullivan TD

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Literary pub quiz: June 24, Toner’s, Dublin.

Publishing Ireland literary pub quiz with Booksellers Association in aid of Fighting Words.

Full house for a lively and surprisingly challenging literary themed quiz. I won’t reveal where Books Ireland was at the mid-point scores, but pleased to say we made a relatively respectable come back!

Some brilliant questions and in aid of a even more brilliant cause:

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Book Launch: June 24, King John’s Castle, Limerick.

A place of great consequence: Archaeological excavations at King John’s Castle, Limerick, 1990–8’   by Ken Wiggins 

King John’s Castle, Limerick, is a magnificent medieval fortification located along the western side of a large island in the River Shannon It is a Recorded Monument and a National Monument in Guardianship, and one of the most important Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. The castle formed part of the urban defences of Englishtown, one of the two walled settlements that defined the city of Limerick in the medieval period. Read more here.

Published by Wordwell Books, the book was launched by Cian O’Carroll, President of Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society. 


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Book Launch: June 22, Boston College, Dublin.

‘A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland’   by Richard McElligott and David Hassan (eds), 

Edited by Richard McElligott, University College Dublin, Ireland and David Hassan, Ulster University, UK. Published by Routledge

Series: Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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June 18-19 – Big Irish Fair, Long Beach, California. 

In the midst of a Californian heatwave (115 degrees), Wordwell and their friends in LA remained dedicated to showcasing Irish culture in all its glory: Literature, History & Archaeology. Books Ireland and its two sister magazines, History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland were represented at the 41st Big Irish Fair, California.


Book Launch: June 16, Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.

‘Fasting and Feasting’  by Aidan Mathews

On the special eve of Bloomsday, this interesting examination on the most inspiring events in the Christian calendar: Christmas and Easter, was launched by Mary Kenny. Published by Veritas.

Books Ireland editor Tony Canavan was invited to say a few words too!

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Festival Launch: June 02, Howth Castle, Dublin.

Howth Literary Festival 2016

In the beautiful location of Howth Castle, we were delighted to attend the launch of the second Howth Mid-Summer Literary Festival. Full programme available here: or follow them on twitter @howthlitfest

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Book Launch: June 01, Hodges Figgis, Dublin.

‘Selected Poems’  by Vona Groarke

‘The Way to Work’  by Tom French

Two new collections of poetry launched together in Hodges Figgis bookshop, both titles are published by the Gallery Press.

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Book Launch: May 26, Books Upstairs, Dublin.

Nothing on Earth’ by Conor O’Callaghan

‘Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying’ – Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart

The first novel from poet Conor O’Callaghan. Launched in Books Upstairs and published by Transworld Ireland.

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Book Launch: May 25, Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dublin.

‘Wild Quiet’ by Roisín O’Donnell

 A new collection of short stories from author Roisín O’Donnell, whose work also appears in Young Irelanders and The Long Gaze Back, both anthologies also published by New Island.

The book was launched by Sinéad Gleeson.

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Book Launch: May 24, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

‘Ever Seen a Fat Fox?’ by Prof. Mike Gibney 

In Ever Seen a Fat Fox?: Human Obesity Explored Professor Mike Gibney delves into the history of the human relationship with food. He traces the evolution of our modern diet and looks to science to offer solutions to the phenomenon of human obesity. Read more here. 

Published by UCD Press.

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Book Launch: May 19, Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

‘Little Bones’ by Sam Blake 

The latest addition to the growing and exciting Irish crime writing scene. The book was launched by Irish State Pathologist, Professor Dr. Marie Cassidy. Published by Bonnier’s Twenty7 imprint.

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The Importance of Title: Sam Blake’s ‘The Dressmaker’ Becomes ‘Little Bones’

45th Hennessy Literary Awards: April 28, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

A fabulous evening was had at the 45th Hennessy Literary Awards.

Hosted by Sinead Gleeson, the results were judged by Hugo Hamilton, Paul Perry and Ciaran Carty.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted and the winners are:

Ríona Judge McCormack – Overall winner and First Fiction award for Some Strange Moon.
Chris Connolly – Emerging Fiction award for Right or Good.
Jane Clarke – Emerging Poetry award for For Isobel, The Blue Bible and Every Tree.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne was also welcomed into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.

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Book Launch: April 27, The Dropping Well, Dublin

‘The Rivers Dodder and Poddle’ by Don McEntee and Michael Corcoran.

Fascinating insights into our local rivers and the many mills along their banks. Published by Four Courts Press.

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Books Ireland 40th anniversary party, London Irish Embassy. April 13th.

Generously hosted by the Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Books Ireland was delighted to celebrate 40 years with an address from John Banville and a guest list of friends and publishers from both UK and Ireland.

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Book Launch: April 8, Hodges Figgis, Dublin

‘The Gardening Awakening: designs to nurture our land and ourselves’ by Mary Reynolds.

An interesting new book which looks at an alternative method of gardening and working with nature. Published by Green Books.


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Book Launch: April 7, The Irish Writers Centre, Dublin

The Boy in the Mask – The Hidden World of Lawrence of Arabia by Dick Benson-Gyles

Published by The Lilliput Press, the book was launched by Kate O’Toole.

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Mountains to Sea. Friday March 11th, 6pm

MountainsToSea Invite3A great evening was had at our 40th birthday celebrations in Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival on Friday. The evening kicked off with a glass of wine followed by an interesting discussion on the challenges facing independent publishers. The event was chaired by Sue Leonard, journalist, writer and regular contributor to Books Ireland. The panel consisted of Jessie Lendennie from Salmon Poetry, Mícheál Ó Conghaile from Cló Iar-Chonnacht and Antony Farrell from Lilliput Press.

Finally, prizes were presented to the winners of the inaugural Books Ireland/IMRAM short-story competition (2015). Read the stories here! English / Irish

Many thanks to all who attended.

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Book Launch: March 10th, The Royal College of Physicians, Dublin

On the Survival of Humanity by Prof. Risteárd Mulcahy

Published by Liberties Press, the book was launched by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell.

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Book Launch: March 10th, The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Vertigo by Joanna Walsh

Published by Tramp Press, the book was launched by Sinéad Gleeson.

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Mountains to Sea festival launch— March 9th 2016.

Ré-Dhamhsa: Tionscadal Van Morrison/ Moondance: The Van Morrison Project

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Book Launch: March 9th, Mansion House, Dublin.
The Three Castles of Dublin by Michael English

Published by Four Courts Press, the book was launched byLord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

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Book Launch: March 8th, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

Richmond Barracks 1916 “We were there” – 77 women of the Easter Rising by Mary McAuliffe and Liz Gillis.

Published by Four Courts Press, the book was launched by Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

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Beckett in Foxrock, March 5th 2016.

An evening of drama, poetry, prose and music

Beckett fans enjoyed were a unique insight into the life and formative years of the great writer on Saturday evening (March 5) in Tullow Church. There was a full house for ‘Beckett in Foxrock’, an evening of drama, poetry, prose and music honoring the Nobel Prize winner and one of the world’s most influential writers who was born and brought up in Foxrock.

More photos available on the webpages of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough.


Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover!

St. Michael’s House have launched ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ Campaign 2016

St Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community‑based services for children and adults with an intellectual disability, has recently launched its 2016 ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ campaign. It will run from 1st-8th March.

The campaign asks volunteers to contribute their second hand books and purchase books donated by their colleagues, fellow students, friends or family at a cost of €2 per book. The campaign encourages reading for all and all funds raised will go directly to St Michael’s House to help provide services to children and adults with an intellectual disability.

‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ locations can be set up in offices, schools, colleges, clubs or homes. Each location will receive a starter pack consisting of: promotional posters, bookmarks, stickers, donation box and carrier bags.

To register your location and receive a starter pack for 2016 ‘Bring a Book, Buy a Book’ campaign: Join us on Facebook:; visit:, email: or phone (01) 8840200. All funds raised go directly to St Michael’s House to help provide services to children and adults with an intellectual disability.

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Book Launch: February 29th, GPO, O’Connell Street.

16 Lives:Patrick Pearse by Ruán O’Donnell

16 Lives:Thomas Kent by Meda Ryan

1916: The Rising Handbook by Lorcan Collins

Guest Speaker – Chief Justice Susan Denham. Published by The O’Brien Press.

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Book Launch: February 29th, GPO, O’Connell Street.

16 Lives:Patrick Pearse by Ruán O’Donnell

16 Lives:Thomas Kent by Meda Ryan

1916: The Rising Handbook by Lorcan Collins

Guest Speaker – Chief Justice Susan Denham. Published by The O’Brien Press.

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Book Launch: February 29th, Trinity College Dublin.

Thinking Through China by Jerusha McCormack and John G. Blair

Jerusha McCormack and John G. Blair at the launch of their co-authored volume ‘Thinking Through China’. The book was launched by His Excellency Declan Kelleher, former Irish Ambassador to China.

Published by Rowman and Littlefield.

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Book Launch: February 10th, Dubray Books, Grafton Street.
The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell

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Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson. The author is pictured signing copies below.

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Book Launch: February 4th, Hodges Figgis.
Truce by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc

Published by Mercier Press, the book was launched by Dr Ruán O’Donnell.

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Book Launch: February 4th, Dubray Books, Grafton St.
The Pitch Coach by Catherine Moonan

Published by Liberties Press, the book was launched by Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups.

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Book Launch: February 1st, James Joyce Centre
Romping Through Dubliners by At It Again.


Latest addition to The Romping through Irish Literature series from At It Again. Read more about them on our blog here.


Book Launch: January 27th, Buswells Hotel.
Protecting Mental Health by Dr Keith Gaynor.

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Published by Veritas, the book was launched by Dr Tony Bates to a full house (standing room only!).

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Pictured Above: Caoimhe Fox (Books Ireland), Author Dr Keith Gaynor, Pamela McLoughlin (Veritas) Daragh Redin (Veritas), Una MacConville (Books Ireland),


December 2015 Pop up shop: The Independent Bookshop
Drury Street Dublin City Centre

Spend €20 or more on books and get a free current issue of Books Ireland! Cross off your shopping list with a range of wonderful titles from The Lilliput Press, Liberties Press, The O’Brien Press, Swan River Press and more great independent publishers….

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Book Launch: November 18th 2015, Jameson Distillery.
Grandpa the Sniper by Frank Shouldice.

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Published by The Liffey Press, the book was launched by Gerry Stembridge.

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The Dublin Book Festival. November 12-15
Smock Alley, Dublin City Centre

We had a busy weekend at the DBF 2015, Una and Caoimhe presenting at the Publishing Ireland trade day (Friday 13th) and Sat and Sunday were spent in the beautifully decorated hall in Smock Alley showcasing Books Ireland at our very own stand. We were in fine company with the Gutter Bookshop offering a wonderful display of books for sale.


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Pictured above: Tommy Graham editor of our sister magazine History Ireland was fashion trending in this 1916 sniper inspired outfit. Caoimhe Fox and Una MacConville presenting on Books Ireland at the Publishing Ireland trade day.

Book Launch: October 27th, Royal College of Surgeons.
Recollections of an Irish born doctor in nineteenth-century Argentina: Dr Arthur Pageitt Greene (1848-1933)

Edited by Sheila Wilkinson and published by The Memoir Club. The book was launched by Mr Rafael Galetto, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy Argentine Republic and hosted by Hosted by Prof. John Hyland, Vice President, RCSI

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Book Launch: October 21st 2015, Bonhams, Dublin 2.
Who’s Who in the Dublin Rising 1916

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A great time at Bonhams auction house for the launch of ‘Who’s Who in the Dublin Rising 1916’ by Joseph E.A. Connell Jnr. published by Wordwell Books. The follow up book to Dublin Rising 1916 published earlier in the year from the same author.

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Book Launch: October 21st 2015, Hodges Figgis.

John McBride by Donal Fallon and Michael O’Hanrahan by Conor Kostick(16 Lives Series)

Latest volumes in the ’16 Lives’ series from The O’Brien Press launched in Hodges Figgis last night.

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Book Launch: October 20th 2015, Hodges Figgis.
Power Play by Deaglán de Bréadún

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Pictured: Vincent Browne and Bertie Ahern, Brian O’Neill and Ellen McCaffery, Publisher Conor Graham, Irish Academic Press and Merrion Press, Author Deaglán de Breadún and Bertie Ahern.

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Frankfurt International Book Fair : October 14th -18th 2015.

Books Ireland copies went down a treat at the Frankfurt International book fair (kindly supported by Publishing Ireland and our friends at The O’Brien Press ). Here’s some pics of the party and Irish stand!


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Book Launch: September 10th 2015, Lexicon Library.

Demons in Disguise.

Dlr Libraries launched a new graphic novel ‘Demons in Disguise’ in the Lexicon Studio. The graphic novel is the result of a six month project, with teenage illustrators and writers meeting weekly to develop a series of imaginative and impressive tales based around Irish myth and legend. Complete with specially made cupcake toppers (see pic)DLR_Demon_Cake_40mm (2) and an impressive audiovisual display, the project coordinators, Alan Early and Alan Nolan, were delighted to see months of hard-work paying off. Given it’s success and engagement with the teenagers involved, here’s hoping that the Graphic Novel Project w20150910_200924 ill become a regular feature.

A wonderfully creative and collaborative project, the graphic novel is a bargain price of just €5 and will be available in dlr libraries from Sept 12th.

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Book Launch: September 10th 2015, Maritime Museum.

The Lure of Far-away Places.

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Written by former sailor and Marconi radio officer Norman Freeman, this is his second book and includes 59 true-life anecdotes from his own experiences out on the high sea and was officially launched by Captain Kieran O’Higgins

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Book Launch: September 3rd 2015, Royal Irish Academy.

Activities Wise and Otherwise: The Career of Sir Henry Augustus Robinson, 1898-1922.


O'Donoghue_201509041624_0001A busy night for Books Ireland! Launch number 3: where Professor Michael Laffan launched Brendan O’Donoghue’s (pictured) new book ‘Activities Wise and Otherwise: The Career of Sir Henry Augustus Robinson, 1898-1922’ (Irish Academic Press).


Book Launch: September 3rd 2015, National Library



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Book Launch: September 3rd 2015, The Gutter Bookshop

Brian and the Giant

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Pictured: (above – Ivan O’Brien and Bob Johnson, left – Manus and Ceara Bree)


Exhibition Launch: August 26th 2015

We Are What We Read.


DLR EVENT 3 An Cathaoirleach Councillor Barry Saul officially launched the exhibition in the dlr LexIcon library. This event marked the close of Colm Keegan’s year long term as Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Writer in Residence.







DLR EVENT 4‘We Are What We Read’ will be on display on Level 4 of dlr LexIcon until 31st October and will be available online on by early September.






Book Launch: August 28th 2015

‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor

miss emily pic 2A lively crowd gathered at The Gutter Bookshop on Friday night to see the launch of Nuala O’Connor’s latestbook Miss Emily published by Sandstone Press. With queues out the door, there was great attendance and a buzzing atmosphere with the added bonus of slices of coconut cake and gingerbread circulating. The cakes were homemade by the author per the recipes listed in the book. MISS EMILY 3

The book was launched by Australian-born and Dublin-based writer Monica McInerney, bestselling author of Hello from the Gillespies.


For more pictures of the night, check out Nuala’s blog


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Exhibition Launch: August 11th 2015

Frank Browne: A Life Through the Lens

Launched in dlr Lexicon library, there was an impressive display of 193 selected prints by the prolific and extremely talented late photographer Father Frank Browne. The exhibition runs from August 11th to October.

Born in Cork, Frank Browne (1880 – 1960) was both a distinguished Jesuit and an accomplished photographer. At the age of seventeen, before commencing his studies for the priesthood, he embarked on a tour of Europe armed with a camera. Browne quickly discovered a strong affinity for photography, and continued to take photographs throughout his life. It was not until 1985 – when Fr. Edward O’Donnell SJ discovered a large trunk in the Irish Jesuit Provincial’s House and found it packed with negatives and photographs – that Browne was catapulted to international fame.

Fr. Browne’s remarkable life is recorded in this exhibition and in a book entitled Frank Browne, a Life Through the Lens produced by David and Edwin Davison and published by Yale University Press in 2014. With wit and a sharp eye, he observed twentieth-century Ireland; life as a Jesuit priest; his experience as a passenger on the first leg of the voyage of the Titanic in 1912; his service as a chaplain in the first World War; and his later travels throughout Europe, Egypt and Australia.

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Book Launch: July 17th 2015

The Ginger Man: The Sixtieth Anniversary Edition

ginger 7A great evening was had by all on Friday July 17th at the Pavillion, Trinity College. Marking the launch of this special sixtieth anniversary edition of J.P. Donleavy’s classic The Ginger Man.

The book can purchased at all good bookshops or directly from Lilliput Press.



Pictured below left to right:

Colin Overall, Donal Ryan & Cait O’Riordan, Rosita Sweetman, J.P. Donleavy (photo of a painting!) John and Janet Banville.

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Book Launch: Dublin Rising 1916

A new book Dublin Rising 1916 was recently launched by Dr Martin Mansergh at the Royal Irish7.DublinRising CoverAcademy. The book looks at the Dublin locations involved in this defining event in Irish nationalism and includes previously unpublished maps and photos. It was written by American based historian Joe Connell who was in Dublin for the event. Before he wrote books on Irish history Joe Connell was an attorney-at-law and before that he was a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division.

If you would like to purchase a copy, it will be available from all good bookshops or from Tel: 01-2933568

Images left to right Dr Martin Mansergh, Author Joe E.A. Connell and author and Publisher Nick Maxwell.










Arts Council of Northern Ireland

We have had some very good news– the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has given us a grant of £3,121.00 for 2015/16. In the overall scheme of things this may not seem a large amount but it will help us continue publishing for another while. We are all the more grateful to ACNI for giving us this money as – just like in the Republic – there have been swinging cuts across the board. Blackstaff Press, for example, had its grant reduced to zero. However, unlike its Dublin counterpart, ACNI recognises the merit in Books Ireland and its valuable service to publishers, writers and readers throughout the island.

Supper Club: Mountains to Sea

Images from out recent Supper Club event which was organised in conjunction with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of A great night was had by all. Watch this space for news on further events.

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The Doctor Who Sat for a Year

By Brendan Kelly

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The Doctor Who Sat for a Year
By Brendan Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-7171-8457-6
Publisher: Gill Books



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