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Book Launch: “Heaven on Earth An Inner Reality

Ambrose Doran is cycling over four hundred kilometres around Connacht to raise awareness on mental and emotional health, topics he deals with in his book “Heaven On Earth An Inner Reality”. What is it? He will be cycling through 30 towns and will be providing seven talks in seven weeks. Ambrose will show people how to heal from emotional turmoil such as anxiety, depression, worry, grief and fear through teaching effective techniques to deal with these negative thoughts and emotions. Ambrose will also explain how to remove the mental blocks to […]

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The Dublin International Literature Festival

The Dublin International Literature Festival is taking place as we speak and there is plenty to see and do. What is it? The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is one of Ireland’s great literary events and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. What happens? With readings, discussions, […]

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Poetry Day Ireland – April 27th

There is a real treat coming up for all poets across Ireland this month, as Poetry Day is taking place nationwide. Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poets and poetry at home and abroad. It celebrates poetry, which is intrinsically linked to our Irish identities. From Yeats to Kavanagh, McCormack to Muldoon, Ireland is a hot spot for all things poetic. When is it? In 2017, Poetry Day will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27th and the theme for 2017 is “Poetry Connects.” Here’s what the […]

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Festival season is upon us and at, we like to keep you up to date with the latest goings on in the world of books. This month, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place in Galway City, so we decided to give you the low down on the festival and what to expect. What is it? The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual literature festival held since 1985 in Galway. The festival consists of a variety of events taking place over the course of a week each April with […]

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Interview – Bridget Goulding, Author of “Kilmurry Fields”

Recently, we talked to Bridget Goulding, author of “Kilmurry Fields”. We spoke to her about her book, her love of nature and history and how getting lost in a moment can make the ordinary seem absolutely extraordinary.  “The basis for Kilmurry Fields came about as a result of a conversation with my next-door neighbour. On a warm Spring evening, I left home to go for a walk and immediately met Donal at his front gate.  Over the next two and a half hours, we spoke of so many topics but the central subject […]

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Interview – Aidan Feeney, Author of “Luciano’s Café”

Today we’re talking to Aidan Feeney, the author of Luciano’s Café, who worked with us recently to bring his book to life. Here is what he had to say about his book, the writing experience and self publishing his novel. “At the time I wrote Luciano’s Café I was working as a night watchman so it was ideal for writing as there were no distractions. The book itself was quickly written as the ideas were just flashing like light bulbs in my head. There were times when I couldn’t see […]

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West Cork Literary Festival – Some Picks for Novice Writers

Over the last 20 years the West Cork Literary Festival has brought us diversity in writers, events and workshops. Running for a whole week, from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd July, its calendar of events is even fuller this year. In terms of heavy hitters, it’s got the lot. From David Mitchell to Marina Warner, Louis De Berniéres, John Banville and Gloria Steinem, there is no shortage of world renowned faces to see. There really is too much to chose just a few favourites, so we thought we’d pick out a […]

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Dalkey Book Feast – Feeding Creativity

This weekend the seaside village of Dalkey is playing host to the great and the good of homegrown and international writing talent. The Dalkey Book Festival will be debating whether Ireland is ungovernable, discussing golden ages of literature and Giving Out Yards with Tara Flynn. Readers will get to hear and see global and local talent in literature, comedy, politics, novel writing and children’s books. A hectic schedule which will definitely make you hungry. This is where the Dalkey Book Feast comes in. There as been an explosion in food […]

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Wexford Literary Festival – Our Picks for the Weekend

This weekend (Friday 27th-Sunday 29th May) sees the boutique book festival take place in Enniscorthy for the 4th year running, putting it firmly on the map of Irish literary festivals. Wexford has a wealth of writing talent, from John Banville to Billy Roche, Carmel Harrington and of course Colm Toibín, whose native county features as a backdrop to much of his work. What makes Wexford Literary Festival nice is its size, accessibility and the fact that it’s possible to make it to most, if not all, of the events. So […]

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Too Beautiful for Thieves – Book Launch

History of Spike Island – Launch on Monday Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets If you are around Cork on Monday afternoon (16th of May), why not drop into LHQ, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road at 3pm for the launch of Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets – A History of the Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island, published with and written by Cal McCarthy and Barra O’Donnabhain. About the Book “For almost four decades the Victorian prison on Spike Island was home to Ireland’s most serious and notorious criminals. Established in the […]

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