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Portal reviewed on The Naturalist’s Bookshelf podcast

Paddy Woodworth finds room for Irish photographer, Tina Claffey’s volume of macro images, Portal, on his ideal bookshelf

Portal reviewed in The Irish Catholic newspaper!

Peter Costello Books Editor of The Irish Catholic newspaper praises photography book Portal.

50 Best Irish Walks reviewed in Ireland Mountain Log

A glowing review of John G. O’Dwyer’s 50 Best Irish Walks by Nicky Hore Features Editor of the Irish Mountain Log.

Retired Garda Tim Doyle interviewed in The Bray People

EIMEAR DODD | The Bray People Ex-Bray garda John Smith meets retired garda and author Tim Doyle to tell Eimear Dodd about life as a guard and the efforts of Jack Marrinan to improve conditions for gardai “Guards have the real secrets of Ireland,” according to retired garda and author Tim Doyle. Tim is sitting in the Betelnut Cafe with his […]

Daring book on the Gardai reviewed in Meath Chronicle

Anne Cunningham reviews Changing of the Guard in her latest column

Tim Doyle features on cover of Garda Review Magazine’s October issue

The October issue of The Force Magazine features a lengthy piece by author Tim Doyle

Magazines highlight Banshee Rising in latest issues

Woman’s Way and Irish Country Magazine review Banshee Rising

Children’s Books Ireland reviews Banshee Rising

Acclaimed children’s books reviewer highlights Riley Cain’s venture into YA genre

“An atmospheric new novel for teens…” says Paperback Snob about Banshee Rising

Paperback Snob review Riley Cain’s latest adventure

Fears, Phobias & Fantasies reviewed in Meath Chronicle

Consulting psychiatrist Prof. Casey’s guidebook reviewed in ‘First Chapter’ column

Eddie O’Connor’s ‘A Dangerous Visionary’ reviewed in the Business Post

A Dangerous Visionary: A tycoon looks back at an illustrious and groundbreaking life in business

Eddie O’Connor’s new book finds mention in The Irish Times’ Cantillon

The Cantillon column takes on Eddie O’Connor and his autobiography ‘A Dangerous Visionary’

‘The perfect book for Halloween’ says MsToast

A review of The Halloween House (Riley Cain, Currach Books, 2020) by Michelle Holst (Ms Toast) also on Twitter   Dear gruesome grown-ups, This terrifying teacher has a message for you and the chilling children in your lives. For many years I have been searching for something, to make Halloween a spooktacular sensation and The Halloween […]

Lorraine Levis: Ireland’s very own children’s bookbuster

A review of Once Upon a Reader (Lorraine Levis, Currach Books, 2020) by Michelle Holst (Ms Toast) It is said that ‘a book is a gift you can open again and again’. However, choosing that perfect book for a child or young person can leave adults feeling, frankly, lost at sea. Once Upon a Reader […]

Sunday Independent declares ‘Bees remain close to our hearts’!

Busy bees remain close to our hearts Joe Kennedy – Country Matters Sunday Independent issue of 7th June, 2020 Lingering lockdowners may lounge on their lilos and turn the pages of a new book called The Bee’s Knees, a treatise on man’s best-friendin-the-blossoms battling for survival in a cruel world of pesticides, monoculture and manicured […]

The Bee’s Knees earns a mention in The Independent!

Pollen out all best moves John Daly – Notebook 1st June, 2020 issue of The Independent BEES, we all know, are vital to life. The world’s hardest workers, they’ve been pollinating our crops, plants and fruit trees for thousands of years. James Morrissey’s excellent book ‘The Bee’s Knees’ is a hive of information, including the […]

‘The Bee’s Knees’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Honeyed words about the wonderful bee Barbara Pierce The title comes from 1920s slang: “Bee’s knees – highly admired person or thing; Something excellent!” This all applies so well to James Morrissey’s tremendous book. As a long-time bee keeper in flowery south Dublin, I simply loved it and warmly recommend it to all. James Morrissey’s feeling […]

‘An Urban Sketcher’s Galway’ reviewed by The Hungry Bookling

SOME COLOURED CHALK, THE QUEEN AND A KING The Hungry Bookling – 17th May 2020 ‘An Urban Sketcher’s Galway’ is a collection of stunning sketches brought together with the authors personal experience of her life in Galway, Ireland. This is not a how-to-book on sketching although the author does share some tips on becoming an […]

‘Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands’ reviewed in The Irish Times

Local history: Tales from the roads less travelled Paul Clements – 16th May, 2020 The high places of Ireland hold a seductive power, capturing the imagination of writers and artists with their tales of heroic deeds and enigmatic characters. In Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands (Currach Books, €14.99) John G O’Dwyer sets off on […]

The Diary of Elizabeth Dillon reviewed in The Independent

The Diary of Elizabeth Dillon: Candid memoirs of a 19th-Century nationalist with a beautiful mind Charles Lysaght – January 06 2020 Elizabeth Dillon was the wife of John Dillon, one of the leaders of the Irish Party at Westminster. She had been brought up in London, where her father Sir James Mathew, nephew of the […]

Mountaineer John G. O’Dwyer joins Fran Curry on Tipp FM to promote Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands

Well-known Irish mountaineer and author John G. O’Dwyer joined Fran Curry on Tipp FM to speak about his new book, Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands. A native of Thurles, John founded the Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers Club and has nearly 30 years of experience of leading walking and climbing groups across Ireland, the UK, Europe, and […]

‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in Books Ireland

A Farewell to Poetry by Gabriel Fitzmaurice reviewed by Fred Johnston in Books Ireland.  Irish bards and musicians had a habit of composing ‘farewells’. Turlough Carolan gave us ‘Farewell to Music’; Michael Hartnett ‘A Farewell to English’ in 1975. The ‘farewell’ motif seems almost always to be a farewell to a certain period or act of culture, […]

‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

A Farewell to Poetry: selected Poems and Translations by Gabriel Fitzmaurice (Currach Press, €19.99) reviewed by Seamus Cashman. The title of this collection invites echoes of its author’s friend and fellow poet Michael Hartnett’s Farewell to English — and who knows, perhaps Gabriel’s mind is quietly nurturing a similar outcome?  Though it is a challenging […]

‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in The Irish Times

A Farewell to Poetry, reviewed by Martina Evans in the Irish Times. From his home in Moyvane, Co Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has been charting a vanishing rural world from its centre all his life. Although we hope otherwise, Fitzmaurice declares A Farewell to Poetry: Selected Poems and Translations (Currach Books, €19,99) is his “final book. […]

‘Mythical Irish Beasts’ reviewed in the Irish Central

Mythical Irish Beasts reviewed by Cahir O’Doherty. Mark Joyce’s superbly illustrated new book Mythical Irish Beasts is a wild ride through Irish mythology. Once in a while, a new Irish book comes along that just stops you in your tracks. This month Mark Joyce’s superbly illustrated new book Mythical Irish Beasts is that book. It’s a […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in Books Ireland Magazine

Mary Burnham This book is a treasure trove of pictures and stories of a place quite unlike any other-with its history that dates back to the Middle Ages; architectural gems such as the Hugenuenot houses, known as Dutch Billies; and the people, including Wolfe Tone, who convened a meeting in the Liberties to discuss petitioning […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in The Furrow

An extract from Michael A. Conway’s review of Achill: The Island in The Furrow.  There is an intimate connection between poetry and origins. Poetry has the capacity, for instance, to put language into a state of alert, where something unknown, unthought-of, or original might erupt in consciousness. The same can be said of painting, where it is the […]

‘Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds’ reviewed in Southside People

We live in troubled times. Watching the news on television or reading the newspapers is often a depressing experience. Stories of hope and joy are often elusive. Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds, by John Scally, is an uplifting collection of pieces that are sure to leave a positive impact in the minds of readers. In […]

‘Give Us Back the Bad Roads’ reviewed in the New English Review

An extract from Kenneth Francis’ review of Give Us Back the Bad Roads by John Waters. The title of Give Us Back the Bad Roads is reminiscent of a quote by C.S. Lewis: “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get […]

‘Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

A tonic for restless minds, perfect for the bedside Peter Costello For a long time I have valued collections of poems, short stories and essays as the best kind of bedside books. They provide just enough to allow the old brain to run down and come to rest, and to allow me to drift away […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in The Times

It is regarded as the heart of Dublin, home to Imelda May, Christ Church and Guinness, and now a new book has described the Liberties as the most historically significant neighbourhood in the city (Jennifer O’Brien writes). Maurice Curtis has delved into events such as the building of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Powers Distillery and Jacob’s […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Peter Costello Some years ago author Maurice Curtis brought out a history of the Liberties, that district of Dublin to the south west that once lay outside the city walls, and where over time there developed a very lively community. This new book, The Liberties, takes a different tack. It is an album of photographs of […]

‘Love Life’ reviewed in The Furrow

Bairbre De Burca While this is a book about ageing, it is an optimistic, deep, and very practical book which encourages the reader to engage with each stage of one’s unique life journey in order to live fully and fruitfully. It is an update of the highly acclaimed Falling in Love with Life, which was originally […]

‘How We Killed God’ reviewed in Africa Magazine

David Quinn’s How We Killed God reviewed by Frank Conlisk. If you happen to be in the mood for a topical, engaging read to be followed perhaps by a good, lively discussion then David Quinn’s How We Killed God… and other tales of modern Ireland might be just the book for you. It consists of a collection […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Peter Costello John F. Deane is that rarity, a modern Irish poet deeply inspired in his poetry by what he calls in his introduction “the wonders of the Christian faith”. He himself was born on Achill Island in 1943, and his childhood was imbued by the lives of the people, the nature of the land, […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in Mayo News

Ciara Moynihan The dramatic land and seascapes of Achill have long inspired writers and artists of international renown, from Paul Henry to Camille Souter. The island’s ever-changing light, its evocative deserted village, its fast-moving weather, its proud history of struggle and survival, its lore and its lyricism continue to attract those of a creative bent. […]

‘Dark Ireland’ reviewed in The Irish Examiner

Dan Buckley In his poem Dark Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh speaks about the Irish as a “dark people, our eyes ever turned inward”. Saying the rosary in Co Waterford, 1991. All of the images have been taken from Richard Fitzgerald’s book Dark Ireland: Images of a Lost World. It was those words of the famous Irish […]

‘The Kilderry Files’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

J. Anthony Gaughan This novel is set in the pre-and post-Vatican II period. An elderly Irish bishop dies and his successor discovers in his papers US stocks and shares worth millions of dollars. Wishing to dispose of these without questions being asked as to their source, the bishop requests his vicar-general to help him to […]

‘Joyce County’ reviewed in The Irish Times

Terence Killeen This is a very affecting, admirably thorough account of the connections between James Joyce, the Joyce family and Galway. The most obvious and famous one is that Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle, came from Galway city, but there are many others: the very prominent place of the city and county in Joyce’s work, his […]

‘A Portrait of Connemara’ reviewed in the North County Leader

A Portrait of Connemara is the first publication of the professional photographer Mark Joyce, a native of Connemara. The book which is both professional and personal, can only be called a photographic diary of the life that he has spent there. Being a visitor to Ireland, I could not help but notice that Irish people […]


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