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Brendan Behan's Island  -  An Irish Sketch Book, Behan, Brendan
1 Behan, Brendan Brendan Behan's Island - An Irish Sketch Book
London Readers Union/Hutchinson 1963 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Paul Hogarth 
A near fine copy in a near fine pictorial dustjacket which is complete. Gold title on green boards with thick paper dustjacket and illustrated throughout with drawings by Paul Hogarth. A marvellously illustrated work with Behan's selection and writings on Ireland. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Fables of the Irish Intelligentsia, Fitzpatrick, Nina
2 Fitzpatrick, Nina Fables of the Irish Intelligentsia
London Fourth Estate 1991 1872180280 / 9781872180281 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. Dubious miracles and confused morals are the stuff of the twelve fables in this entrancing book. The adorable father Boniface achieves sanctity despite a life of exalted sensuality, Sesame O'Hare, a frustrated academic, finds her true calling when she hijacks the career of the illustrious poet A.T. Harrington, Edmund Ignatius MacHugh, the guiding light of the Shambla Seekers, has a Celtic epiphany which dazzles a wealthy American lady but fails to impress the disgruntled locals. Irresistibly funny and full of ticklish ironies, the author leads the reader a merry dance through a world whose hybrid inhabitants take liberties with accepted notions of sanity, intelligence and normality. 
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The Bull Raid  -  A Free Version of the Irish Prose Epic Táin Bó Chuailgne or Cattle Raid of Cooley, Gebler, Carlo
3 Gebler, Carlo The Bull Raid - A Free Version of the Irish Prose Epic Táin Bó Chuailgne or Cattle Raid of Cooley
London Egmont 2004 1405212551 / 9781405212557 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. ix + 403 pages. The book is a re-telling of the narrative given in the ancient Irish prose epic, Táin Bó Chuailgne or Cattle Raid of Cooley. This is the most famous and extensive of the legends of Cúchulainn and is the story of the war fought over the Brown Bull of Cooley (Cualgne). the story of two bulls of the Sidhe (the race of immortals). The bulls themselves were immortal and had been transformed from other forms and origins. First they were the swineherds of the gods Bodb (King of the Sidhe of Munster) and Ochne (King of the Sidhe of Connaught). The two swineherds were in rivalry with one another, changing shape in pursuit of their endless quarrel. They became ravens and battled for a year, then they changed to water creatures, then they changed to human champions and then finally into eels. One of these magical eels swam into the River Cruind in Cualgne in Ulster and was swallowed by a cow belonging to Daire of Cualgne. The other swam into the spring of Uaran Garad, in Connaught, where it was swallowed by a cow belonging to Queen Medb. From these origins were born two bulls, the Brown Bull of Ulster, and the White Horned Bull of Connaught. 
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John Stanislaus Joyce  -  The Voluminous Life and Genius of James Joyce's Father, Jackson, John Wyse with Costello, Peter
4 Jackson, John Wyse with Costello, Peter John Stanislaus Joyce - The Voluminous Life and Genius of James Joyce's Father
London Fourth Estate 1997 1857024176 / 9781857024173 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
xvii + 494 pages. Map endpapers. Genealogical chart. 42 illustrations. Dustjacket has a small closed tear to front top corner and is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. John Stanislaus Joyce was the hero of his own epic - a heroic drinker, superlative swearer and 'praiser of his own past', with ambitions to become a Parnellite MP. He was a Corkman who became the quintessential Dubliner and was the father of at least 16 children, almost all of whom he tried to ignore. A nightmare to those children he denied, he was an inspiration to to the imagination of his first surviving son, James, who admitted that his father gave him 'hundreds of pages and scores of characters' in his books. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.95 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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McCarthy's Bar, McCarthy, Pete
5 McCarthy, Pete McCarthy's Bar
London Hodder and Stoughton 2000 0340766042 / 9780340766040 First Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. 338 pages. Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland. In the book he travels from Cork to Donegal. Travelling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, Never Pass a Bar That Has Your Name On It, he encounters McCarthy's Bars up and down the land, meeting fascinating, friendly and funny people before pleading to be let out at four o'clock in the morning. Through adventures with English crusties who have colonised a desolate mountain; roots-seeking, buffet-devouring Americans; priests for whom the word 'father' has a loaded meaning; enthusiastic Germans who 'here since many years holidays are making'; and his fellow barefoot pilgrims on an island called Purgatory. 
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Melting Snow, O'Clery, Conor
6 O'Clery, Conor Melting Snow
Belfast Appletree Press 1991 0862812917 / 9780862812911 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First Edition First Printing. A near Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. During the early days of 'Perestroika' , the Irish Times sent the author, one of the best known and most respected journalists, to open a the first Irish newspaper bureau in Moscow. The book is a vivid account of his experiences, not just as a reporter and observer of the great events but also as a Kremlin watcher, cinemagoer, newspaper reader, shopper, man in the queue and devotee of Russia, it's language and people. A remarkably perceptive and readable account . 
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Suffer the Little Children  -  The Harrowing True Story  of a Girl's Brutal Convent Upbringing, Reilly, Frances
7 Reilly, Frances Suffer the Little Children - The Harrowing True Story of a Girl's Brutal Convent Upbringing
London Orion 2008 9780752875462 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. Clutching their eight week-old sister in their arms, three-year-old Frances and six-year-old Loretta Reilly were abandoned by their mother outside the gates of the Poor Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Belfast in 1956. This is Frances' story of survival, how she suffered horrifically in the charge of the convent sisters, living with daily brutal and bloody beatings, she was treated like a slave, a child worker to be abused, and an orphan to be raped and molested. The convent regime stripped her of everything - an education, her innocence, and her childhood. Frances fought a decade-long court case against the Poor Sisters of Nazareth order to bring to account the nuns who so viciously ruined the lives of many. 
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Féil-Scríbhinn Liam Mhic Alasdair - Essays Presented to Liam Mac Alasdair, FGSI, Stanley, Rory J.   (edited by)
8 Stanley, Rory J. (edited by) Féil-Scríbhinn Liam Mhic Alasdair - Essays Presented to Liam Mac Alasdair, FGSI
Dublin Genealogical Society of Ireland 2009 1898471673 / 9781898471677 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. A collection of 18 essays - a 'Festschrift' in honour of Liam Mac Alasdair, former Director of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. This collection of essays by members and friends covers a range of subjects from genealogy, heraldry, social history, military history, Orders of Chivalry, cultural studies, clan/sept histories, family histories and the Irish abroad. Also included are the Memorial Inscriptions of St. Canice's Cemetery, Finglas, Dublin, where a number of Liam Mac Alasdair's ancestors are interred. 
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To School Through The Fields  -  A Country Childhood, Taylor, Alice
9 Taylor, Alice To School Through The Fields - A Country Childhood
London Century 1991 0712648739 / 9780712648738 First Thus Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Previously published separately in 1990 as 'To School Through the Fields' and 'Quench the Lamp' in paperback. The author was born in 1938 and grew up at Lisnasheoga, her family's farm in County Cork and when she married she moved to Innishannon where she now lives and runs the local supermarket and post office. She recounts a marvellous world of her youth, a delightful evocation of Irishness, a sory of bucolic life in an earlier time, with it's rituals of religion and the antics of local characters. *** NOT EX LIB *** *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
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