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Countess Markievicz: An Adventurous Life

This volume of the Easter Rising Centenary In a Nutshell series focuses on Countess Constance Markievicz, the woman made famous by her involvement in the fight for Irish Independence. In this short biography Ann Carroll leads us through Markievicz’s life, from wealthy origins in rural Sligo, to her marriage to the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz,…

Get Out and Play … GAA!

Get Out and Play … GAA! is the story of a nine-year-old boy, Oscar Rafferty, who is addicted to playing games on his tablet computer. One day his Granddad Mick appears, and after rather forced wordplay on the word ‘tablet’, Granddad Mick wants to take him to a local GAA match – much to Oscar’s…

Heroes of the Red Branch Knights

Heroes of the Red Branch Knights is the twelfth book in the series described by Poolbeg as 'Ireland's Best Known Stories in a Nutshell.' The books present Irish myths and legends in a cheap and cheerful format for readers growing in confidence. The easy-to-read type, combined with a picture on every page, bring even the…

James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend is the latest instalment of Poolbeg’s In a Nutshell series. The illustrated paperback describes the life and career of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Andrew O’Connor’s text provides a very clear overview of the key moments in the life of James Joyce. The reader is brought on a journey, which includes…

Queen Maebh’s Raging Return to Galway

The latest instalment in Poolbeg’s MAC (Mythical Activity Control) series, sees the legendary queen back in Connacht, trying once more to buy a prize bull. It’s up to Áine and Fionn – two young MAC agents who guard the doors between the Otherworld, where the magical people live, and our world – to bring her back to the Otherworld,…

Saint Brigid The Fearless

St Brigid’s story is brought to life in the latest addition to Poolbeg’s ‘In a nutshell’ series, aimed at readers aged 6 and above. Preceded by a map of Ireland and followed by instructions for making your own cross and a pronunciation guide; this is definitely a teaching book. Between these sections, there is a…

The Giant’s Causeway (In A Nutshell)

This is the sixth in a series of ancient Irish legends, each delightfully retold by Ann Carroll. Suitable for children who have just achieved independence in their reading, this story serves as a stimulating introduction to the body of Irish legends so beloved of young children.  The story of Fionn’s encounter with the Scottish giant…

The Story of Brian Boru

Ann Carroll’s The Story of Brian Boru is a welcome addition to the host of publications marking the 1,000th anniversary of The Battle of Clontarf. Carroll guides us with ease through Ireland’s Middle Ages, a time of upheaval and many power struggles between the island’s many kings and the Vikings. It is here we meet…

Votes for Women! The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement

Votes for Women! is number 14 in the hugely popular Heroes In a Nutshell series from Poolbeg Press. Published to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the granting of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland, four of the women closely associated with the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement are featured in short accessible biographies. Caroline…

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