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Book Launch: “No Name” by The Scattered Scribblers

This week, we have a very exciting book launch to tell you about. No Name is a collection of poetry compiled by The Scattered Scribblers, a writing group from Charleville, Co. Cork The book is comprised of poems by Donal O’Flynn, Sr. Bernadette Knopek, Fiona Fitzpatrick, David Gormley and Máire Kelly. They sales of this books will go to raise funds for Focus Ireland, a very worthy cause that assists the homeless. All Profits from the book will be given in aid of Focus Ireland Launch details The Charity book […]

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“Irish Women Speak” by Alison Wickham

Irish History is vast and rich, and none know that better than the people of rural Ireland. They carry stories of the past with them like old friends. Alison Wickham’s book, ‘Irish Women Speak’, is no exception. It is a fascinating account about the lives of women from the town and hinterlands of Clonakilty. The 240-page collection spans decades of tales on career, family and heritage from more than 36 women, aged 35 to 95. About the book The collection of stories highlights the everyday lives of these women in […]

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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 selfpublishbooks.ie 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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Cobh Readers and Writers Festival Picks

Reading Cobh This weekend sees the Cobh Readers and Writers Festival takes place, so we’ve picked out some the events you might want to take look at. Along with walks and readings the organisers also say “there will be secondhand, antiquarian and new book dealers from across Britain and Ireland filling every available space for the weekend”. This, along with lots of music and the possibility of good weather, make Cobh look like a nice spot to go to this weekend. From the obvious Titanic link to talks on brewing and […]

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The Boys of Ballycroy – Kieran Ginty

A full-time public servant, Kieran Ginty qualified from the University of Limerick with a BA degree in Public Administration. Originally from Ballycroy in Co. Mayo, he is now settled in Limerick. This week, I had a quick chat with Kieran about his newly printed novel, his first, The Boys of Ballycroy. First off, I asked Kieran how it all started. “People who have read the book estimated that it must have taken me at least three years to write,” he said, “but I actually did it in less than 6 […]

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Going to College as a Mature Student

This week, the team at Selfpublishbooks.ie caught up with Denis Staunton. I asked Denis about himself and what may have prompted him to write Going to College as a Mature Student. “I am originally from Limerick, now living in Cork, married with four grown-up up children,” said Denis, “I have been involved in education at many different levels and in several different contexts for the past thirty-five years. I have worked in the non-formal education sector as a community youth worker, in the in-formal sector as an adult education co-ordinator […]

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Young At Heart

Young at Heart – a Celebration of Ten Years is a compilation by Phil Goodman which chronicles the activities of a group of volunteers in the Douglas area who meet on a weekly basis and call themselves ‘Young at Heart’. The book was launched at St Columbas Hall, Douglas, Cork on November 26th by Kathleen Lynch, Minister with special responsibility for the elderly, pictured above with Frank Kelly of Selfpublishbooks.ie and Phil Goodman. This group was formed by Phil ten years ago who saw the need to focus attention on […]

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Kilclooney Woods by Micheal O’h-Aonghusa

Last week, Selfpublishbooks.ie printed Micheal O’hAonghusa’s new book, Kilclooney Woods, a brief history of Fenianism and the events of 1867 in East Cork. I had a quick chat with Micheal and asked him if he had always wanted to write. “I have never been into writing,” says Micheal, “but I have always been into history, and especially local history. I was involved for years in Republican politics, and at the age of 23 (I am now 76) I was organising commemorations of Peter O’Neill-Crowley at Kilclooney Wood. That wasn’t surprising, […]

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A Certain Time, A Certain Place

Selfpublishbooks.ie are reprinting Katherine O’Riordan’s memoir, A Certain Time, A Certain Place and luckily I got to catch up with the author herself. Katherine O’Riordan was born in Macroom town where she lived for twenty-one years until she married and moved to Cork. I asked her where the writing began. She said, “Those years I spent growing up left such a lasting impression on me that I was forever writing down memories as they came, in the hope that one day my children and grandchildren would get a glimpse of […]

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‘Valentia’ by Catherine Conlon — Christmas Bestseller!

Set in contemporary Ireland, this novel follows the lives of the various members of the O’Sullivan family during a pivotal five-month period which marks a number of important transitions in all of their lives. The main backdrop for the action is the remote and magically beautiful island of Valentia in County Kerry, one of the most westerly points of the country. The author, Catherine Conlon, is a medical doctor and lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology in UCC Public Health Department. Married with 4 children, living in Blackrock in Cork, […]

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