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Books we're publishing in Spring 2017
Just what is a leprechaun? To some, he is full of harmless mischief, guarding his elusive crock of gold. To others, an evil gnome bent on disrupting mortal lives with black magic.  Historian & folklorist Bob Curran turns the spotlight on the ‘real’ leprechaun – mysterious, complex and contradictory.

From the origins of this hero of Irish lore to his habits, occupations and characteristics. This book offers enlightenment on little-known aspects of the wider fairy world, as well as turning the spotlight on the real leprechaun.

Maggie Turner, a successful young artist, moves from London to Allihies and buys an abandoned cottage from pre-Famine times. She is keen to concentrate on her art, but fragile after a broken relationship. While isolation seems romantic, the house is not the paradise she imagines. A modern ghost story by a masterful writer.  From the Costa Short Story Award Finalist, Billy O'Callaghan.  ‘a welcome voice to the pantheon of new Irish writing’ - Edna O’Brien

The Dead House - . the past holds constant sway . By Billy O'Callaghan

Life is harsh in close-knit community of Dirrabeg, a community on the Dingle Peninsula facing extinction in the mid-1950's. Donal Hallpelly’s bodhran playing brings him into conflict with Canon Tett, the ultraconservative local priest, determined to stamp out the last vestiges of paganism in his community.

Life is harsh in close-knit community of Dirrabeg, a community on the Dingle Peninsula facing extinction in the mid-1950's. Donal Hallpelly’s bodhran playing brings him into conflict with Canon Tett, the ultraconservative local priest, determined to stamp out the last vestiges of paganism in his community.

The conclusion of the Ayla trilogy. The battle was won but the enemy has escaped and Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy know their home of Kilnabracka is in serious danger. The town looks untouched, but the friends are being drawn into a trap.  Only they can save themselves and the townsfolk

The Spiral Path - Book 3 in The Ayla Trilogy

Summer may be over but the Star Club is definitely not and now it's time to plan their next show! Meg has to get used to a new town and new school and she doesn't want everyone to know a dramatic secret about her family. Luckily her Star Club friends are there to support her but can they keep her secret? Will other people accept Meg for who she really is?  This second Star Club adventure is full of excitement, fun and of course drama!

'Starring Meg' by Natasha Mac a'Bhaird. Cover illustration by Rachel Corcoran.

This beautiful book visits twenty-eight richly atmospheric sites and tells the mythological stories associated with them. Illustrated with evocative photographs and older etchings and prints, it draws the reader back into history and myth.

Legendary Ireland: Myths And Legends Of Ireland by Eithne Massey .

A bright and fun-filled activity book set in Dublin. Puzzles, games, colouring, stories and tons of interesting facts.

A bright and fun-filled activity book set in Dublin. Puzzles, games, colouring, stories and tons of interesting facts.

Inishmore, Inishmaan, Inisheer: wild, isolated, starkly beautiful and of great historical importance. A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated introduction to and lasting memento of these unique islands.

Inishmore, Inishmaan, Inisheer: wild, isolated, starkly beautiful and of great historical importance. A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated introduction to and lasting memento of these unique islands.

Good nutrition in infancy and early childhood lays the foundations for a healthy life. This common-sense guide – now in its fourth edition – provides reliable, practical and unbiased advice on everything from the basics of nutrition to shopping wisely, from dealing with food refusal to allergies and obesity.  Topics include: Preventing obesity Breastfeeding your baby Wind, colic and other common feeding problems Fussy eating and how to handle it Weaning your baby, including sample menus And…

Feed Your Child Well - Babies, Toddlers and Older Children By Valerie Kelly and Phyllis Farrell By Theresa Dunne

A beautiful photographic journey through Ulster, photographed by Carsten Krieger and written by Dominic Kearney

A beautiful photographic journey through Ulster, photographed by Carsten Krieger and written by Dominic Kearney

Marie Duffy is the undisputed queen of Irish dancing: she has trained more world champions than any other teacher, and has been Michael Flatley’s right-hand woman for twenty years.   Get a behind-the-scenes view of the world of professional Irish dance, and heart Marie's own fascinating & inspiring life.

A memoir from the undisputed queen of Irish dancing, who has trained more world champions than any other and who worked with Michael Flatley for twenty years.

This charming book tells the adventures of an outcast little black sheep: how he saved the whole flock in a snowstorm, put Polo the bossy sheepdog in his place - and gave the shepherd a great idea!  A story about being different, and becoming a hero.  Design a Cover competition winner

The Little Black Sheep - Panda 6

A thoughtful, deeply felt invitation to sample the splendours of West Cork for local and visitor alike.

Headline If you really had to choose… Five of the best spots in West Cork

Vinnie the leprechaun makes gleaming buckles for leprechaun shoes and shiny buttons for leprechaun jackets. He loves his job, and he has a happy life and many friends -- but, oh, how Vinnie longs to be rich!     When he finds a lucky horseshoe, Vinnie sets out for Las Vegas to make his fortune. However, he soon finds that there is such a thing as too much good luck …

Vinnie Goes to Vegas By Stephen Walsh Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer By Marita O’Donovan

When Brendan the leprechaun plays the tin whistle, the sound is sweeter than the sweetest songbird. But if only he could speak as well as he plays! His words spill out in a terrible jumble – he goes to the shop to buy peas and accidentally comes home with cheese!  Could kissing the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give you the ‘gift of the gab’, be the answer to all Brendan’s problems?

Brendan and the Blarney Stone By Stephen Walsh Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer By Marita O’Donovan