Irish Biography

    Read the tales of some of the most famous and influential individuals from Ireland. These Irish biography books are sure to provide you with new insights.

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    Hannah Daly: Knowing No Boundaries [2022] paperback


    Hannah Daly is a paediatric Occupational Therapist and an advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner who is profoundly dyslexic, dyspraxic and has sensory processing disorder. She has multiple university degrees, but still...

    Katriona O'Sullivan: Poor: Grit Courage And The Life-c [2023] paperback

    $11.00 – $18.00

    'We love a rags-to-riches story, and we love to see someone triumph through sheer determination. But the story is rarely that simple. My story isn't, anyway. It is extraordinary to...

    Sinead Oconnor: REMEMBERINGS [2022] paperback

    $8.00 – $14.00


    Marie Cassidy: Beyond The Tape [2021] paperback

    $6.00 – $7.00

    The Number One bestselling memoir from Ireland's former state pathologistIn 1997, Dr Marie Cassidy arrived in Dublin from Glasgow. There to discuss a possible deputy state pathologist post with Professor...

    Michael Harding: A Cloud Where the Birds Rise: A book about love and belonging [2021] hardback

    $5.00 – $12.00

    In this stunning collaboration, bestselling writer Michael Harding's most memorable musings on the human condition are brought to life by illustrator Jacob Stack.In these pages, the reader is held in...

    Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: ‘hilarious, tender, absurd, delightful and charming’ Nina Stibbe [2021] paperback

    $7.00 – $8.00

    'A gorgeous memoir' Pandora Sykes'Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny' Annie MacManus'A heartfelt tribute to an alarmingly large family held together by a quietly heroic father' Arthur Mathews, co-creator of Father...

    Dr Tony Holohan: We Need to Talk [2023] hardback

    $17.00 – $23.00

    Dr Tony Holohan served as Chief Medical Officer in Ireland for 14 years, but only really became known to the public during the Covid 19 pandemic. During this time his...

    Gerry Creighton: Raised by the Zoo [2023] hardback

    $21.00 – $24.00

    People have been enchanted by elephants for centuries: they have inspired parables, films, songs, religions and wars. For Gerry Creighton, this fascination came at an early age. His father was...

    Michael Harding: All the Things Left Unsaid: Confessions of Love and Regret [2022] paperback

    $7.00 – $12.00

    'Powerful and profound' Deirdre Purcell'A beautiful book of great tenderness, love of life, and wisdom learned the tough way' Joseph O'ConnorFor almost fifty years, Michael Harding has been crafting words...

    Judge Gillian Hussey: Lessons From the Bench: Reflections on a Career Spent in Ireland’s Crimina: Reflections on a Career Spent in Ireland’s Criminal Courts [20

    $12.00 – $20.00

    'Long before her retirement, Judge Gillian Hussey had been conferred with the status of "legend of the bench". This book gives a wonderful insight into the complex demands and balances...

    My Tree of Life


    I have always believed that if we choose the right dream and pursue it determinedly enough, it will come true. It is not a question of if but of when....

    David Cretzan: The Master of Masters: The Life of Josef Cretzan [2022] paperback

    $15.00 – $23.00

    From humble beginnings in Romania, Josef Cretzan went on to become one of the most accomplished glass blowers of the 20th century. For 37 years his knowledge and skills were...

    Ciaran Murphy: This is the Life [2023] paperback


    The GAA is Ireland's largest civil society organisation, woven into the fabric of families and communities - and yet most books about Gaelic games focus on the greatest players and...

    Rosemary McCabe: This Is Not About You [2023] paperback


    For once, these men are the objects; I am the subject. Me, me, me.Rosemary Mac Cabe was always a serial monogamist - never happier than when she was in a...

    Catherine Corless: Belonging: One Woman's Search for Truth and Justice for the Tuam Babies [2021] paperback

    $8.00 – $12.00

    ONE WOMAN, THE SECRETS OF A SMALL TOWN, AND A QUEST FOR JUSTICE THAT ROCKED A NATION. Catherine Corless could not have known where her interest in local history would...

    Spillane Pat: In the Blood [2023] hardback


    Pat Spillane is one of the best-known sportspeople in Ireland. Selected for the GAA's Team of the Millennium and winner of eight All-Ireland senior football medals, he is one of...

    Cahill Máiría: Rough Beast [2023] paperback


    Mairia Cahill grew up steeped in the traditions of Irish republicanism and the shadowy world of the IRA: her great-uncle Joe was one of the main founders of the Provisional...

    Hennigan Molly: The Celestial Realm [2023] hardback


    "Phil doesn't like physical affection. She doesn't love you because you don't exist. She doesn't care if you have something important coming up. A busy week, a daunting appointment, a...

    Karina Molloy: A Woman In Defence [2023] paperback

    $8.00 – $12.00

    'A searing, honest and courageous account of professional soldiering in a toxic military culture' Senator Tom Clonan, retired army captainDuring her 31-year career as a soldier in the Irish Defence...

    Shane Ross: Mary Lou McDonald: A Republican Riddle [2022] paperback

    $12.00 – $20.00

    Mary Lou McDonald is the bookies' favourite to be Ireland's next Taoiseach. She would be the first woman to reach the office, and the first Sinn Fein leader ever to...

    Deirdre Finnerty: Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage. [2022] paperback


    'I read Bessborough in one sitting, veering from fury to devastation within a matter of pages. A vitally important book.' Louise O'NeillFor over seventy years, Bessborough House, a grand country...

    John Clarke: Finucane & Me [2023] hardback


    Marian Finucane was a trailblazing broadcaster, the first to champion women's issues on air, and respected for her fairness, empathy and doggedness. One of a small group of Irish people...

    Charlie Bird: Time And Tide [2023] paperback

    $7.00 – $12.00

    A poignant and introspective memoir from Irish journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird. In 2021, Charlie Bird was diagnosed with motor neurone disease - a man whose voice was so synonymous...

    Alice Kinsella: Milk [2023] paperback


    'Sublime' - Donal Ryan, author of Strange Flowers'A book about the raw, riotous, brutally beautiful act of being alive.' - Kerri ni Dochartaigh, author of Thin PlacesAlice Kinsella was in...

    Fergal Keane: The Madness: A Memoir of War, Fear and PTSD from Sunday Times Bestselling Author and BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane [2022] paperback

    $9.00 – $12.00

    A powerful, probing book about PTSD. As a journalist Keane has covered conflict and brutality across the world for more than thirty years, from Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Iraq,...

    Tommie Gorman: Never Better: My Life in Our Times [2022] hardback


    'Money is handy for doing messages' was a phrase the young Tommie Gorman heard from his father, growing up in Sligo in the 1960s. Struggle was never far away but...

    Brendan Behan: Confessions Of An Irish Rebel [1990] paperback

    $12.00 – $17.00

    The immigration man read my deportation order, looked at it and handed it back to me. 'Are you Irish?' he asked me. 'No' I said 'as a matter of fact,...

    Miriam Mulcahy: This is My Sea [2023] hardback


    A memoir about death, how to grieve, and the healing power of the sea.Over the course of seven difficult years Miriam Mulcahy lost her mother, father andsister, each grief threatening...

    Owen Doyle: The Ref's Call: Memoir of a Rugby Referee [2022] paperback


    'A genuine presence on the field, Owen refereed with the perfect balance of respect and authority' Keith Wood'Highly respected with vast experience and knowledge, Owen Doyle contributed hugely to the...

    White: Corpsing: My Body and Other Horror Shows [2021] paperback

    $12.00 – $17.00

    Nora Ephron meets Bram Stoker in Sophie White's vivid and ambitious literary non-fiction collection. White asks uncomfortable questions about the lived reality of womanhood in the 21st century, and the...

    Lynn Ruane: People Like Me - Winner of the Irish Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year [2019] paperback

    $7.00 – $15.00

    Born into a loving working-class home, Lynn Ruane's early years were idyllic, but all that changed when two shocking incidents in her teenage years shook her to her core. She...

    Michael Smith: An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean: Antarctic Survivor - 20th anniversary illustrated edition [2020] paperback

    $12.00 – $17.00

    Tom Crean was the indestructible farmer's son from Kerry who sailed on three major expeditions to the unknown Antarctic over a century ago. He was among the few men who...

    Tosh Lavery: Tosh [2015] paperback


    'An extraordinary book ... a remarkable story' Mark Cagney, TV3'A fascinating book' Matt Cooper, Today FM'Quite a read ... fascinating ... a book that people who don't normally read books...

    Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered [2020] hardback


    'A fearless investigative journalist and author.' PATTI SMITH'Determined, tenacious, intelligent, and honest in her approach.' ANNA BURNS'A fierce light, a formidable voice.' SINEAD GLEESONA memorial collection of writings by the...

    Michael Harding: What is Beautiful in the Sky [2020] hardback

    $6.00 – $12.00

    'In these strange days Michael Harding's route taking and wise words gently nudge us towards the future, steadying us as we navigate the great unknowns ahead' Joe Duffy The bestselling...

    Mary Kennedy: Home Thoughts from the Heart [2018] hardback


    'Mary Kennedy's new book is part memoir, part spiritual guide, part self-help book. It's like the gift of a Christmas visit from a friend' RTE GuideA sense of home, and...

    Marty Whelan: THATS LIFE MARTY WHELAN Z41 [2015] hardback


    Throughout the highs and lows of a 30-year career as one of Ireland's best-loved radio and television personalities, Marty Whelan has always remained upbeat, with a determination for survival and...

    Gallagher PJ: Madhouse [2023] paperback


    I grew up in a psychiatric experiment crossed with an alcoholic experiment. . . . a place run by two people who were extraordinarily drunk and guarded by a potentially...

    John Tuomey: First Quarter [2023] paperback


    In this reflective and enriching memoir, John Tuomey navigates the places and memories of his life over the scope of twenty-five years. First recognised for the urban regeneration of Dublin's...

    Stephen Walker: John Hume [2023] hardback


    Peacemaker, politician, Nobel laureate: John Hume was a titan of Irish political history and a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, bringing peace to Northern Ireland after decades of...

    Moore Nuala: Limitless [2023] paperback

    $16.00 – $22.00

    The sea has always been a part of Nuala Moore's life: her earliest memory is of jumping off her father's fishing boat in Dingle Harbour and swimming back to shore....

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