Silver bell decoration on a Christmas Tree

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

a red setter from Offaly.

If you are a lover of man’s best friend then you need to gIrish Red Setter Puppyet your paws on this book! Native Irish Dogs provides a pictorial look at our native breeds, each one an intrinsic part of our rich heritage.

 

 

 

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Two dark donkeys.

Black and white photo of two donkeys

Dark Ireland is full of stunning photographs from Richard Fitzgerald, capturing rural Ireland and a way of life that has almost vanished forever. 

 

 

 

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

a three-headed monster.

Ellen Trechend, three-headed monster from Mythical Irish BeastsIn Mythical Irish Beasts you can learn more about this three-headed mythical monster, called Ellen Trechend, who withered all the crops in Ulster, and also discover many more magical creatures. Featured on the Late Late Toy Show, this is the perfect Christmas present for friends and family this year!

 

 

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Four men launching a currach.

Painting of four men launching a currach, from Achill: The IslandAchill: The Island is filled with poems by John F. Deane and paintings by John Behan that capture the spirit of the island, its heritage, its physical wonder and its magical light and seas.

 

 

 

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Five children in a model T Ford.

Give Us Back the Bad Roads CoverGive Us Back the Bad Roads is the latest book from John Waters. Addressed to his late father, who is pictured on the cover pulling an engineless car filled with children, it is a look at how Ireland has changed since his father’s passing. 

 

 

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Six counties full of poems.

cover of best loved poemsGathered from Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland is a collection of poems accompanied by beautiful photographs of the area. 

 

 

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Seven Catholic churches.

Cover of The LibertiesThe Liberties is perfect for the history lover in your life, filled with photographs and stories of the people and buildings of one of the oldest areas of Dublin, such as the fact that Easter in the Liberties was once a time for the tradition of ‘doing the seven chapels’, when locals would say the Holy Thursday prayers at the seven local Catholic churches.

 

 

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

800 views of modern Ireland.

Cover How We Killed GodHow We  Killed God is written by one of the country’s most controversial commentators on religious and social affairs. David Quinn’s articles cover the turbulent relationship between modern Ireland and the Catholic Church, dissecting the groupthink he believes is influencing contemporary debates.  

 

 

 

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Nine athletes in the Special Olympics crossing the finish line hand in hand.

cover of beautiful thoughts for beautiful mindsFor more inspiring stories filled with positivity and plenty of humour, Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds is the perfect uplifting read.

 

 

 

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Ten tips on living your retirement to the fullest. 

Love Life CoverLove Life presents a positive side to getting older, as author Catherine McCann offers practical advice on how retirement can be an enjoyable time of personal enrichment and fulfilment. 

 

 

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Eleven ways to a happier self in the new year.

Surprised by Fire CoverSurprised by Fire takes the reader on a journey of wellbeing, as author Martina Lehane Sheehan invites the reader to discover their own unique path in their search for meaning and happiness.

 

 

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

12-15% of the Irish population who suffer from migraines.

Migraine book coverIf migraines are a problem for you or someone you love Migraine: Not Just Another Headache is the book you are looking for. A one-stop shop for everything you need to know about this condition.