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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,…

Dark Wood Dark Water

Callaghan’s début novel delves into the supernatural goings on in the Irish town of Bailey. The story follows three teenagers Josh, Kate and Gabe who each lose a loved one to the water. Forming an unlikely alliance with historian Naylor, they work together to uncover the centuries-old evil in their hometown. The dark opening sets…

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…

Oliver Cromwell: The Most Hated Man in Irish History

This time-slip novel tells the story of Cromwell’s Irish campaign. It is a well-grounded and well-researched book. It gives up-to-date references and online resources that would be very useful to students and teachers. The time-slip elements are imaginatively handled. In a re-enactment of Cromwell’s attack on Drogheda during a school trip, 12-year-old Liam receives a…

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 Ghosts of Magnificent Children

Busher’s début novel opens in Victorian England, in the year 1848. Her evocation of dark streets populated by orphans and petty thieves is loaded with a sense of horror and fear, so that when young street child Ginny runs into the sophisticated grown up Antonia, the reader suspects that it will not end well. Both…

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…

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