Irish History

    From major Irish writers to lesser-known Irish authors, find the perfect book on Irish history to dive into the fascinating past of the Emerald Isle.

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    Donal Fallon: Three Castles Burning: A History of Dublin in Twelve Streets [2022] paperback

    $9.00 – $18.00

    Eason Favourite Book of the Year 2022 'she is no small town, and this is no small story . . .'BASED ON THE POPULAR DUBLIN HISTORY PODCASTA companion to the...

    Rory Carroll: Killing Thatcher: The Ira The Manh [2023] paperback

    $8.00 – $21.00

    The gripping account of how the IRA came astonishingly close to killing Margaret Thatcher KILLING THATCHER is the gripping account of how the IRA came astonishingly close to killing Margaret...

    Mark O'Connell: A Thread of Violence [2023] paperback


    From an award-winning author comes a tale of a notorious double-murder, for readers of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, or Emmanuel Carrere's The AdversaryIn 1982 Malcolm Macarthur, the wealthy heir...

    Michael B. Barry: The Irish Civil War in Colour [2022] hardback


    Here is the story of Ireland's Civil War in colour - a defining moment in Irish history brought to life for the first time in hand-coloured photographs. The events of...

    Fintan O'Toole: We Don't Know Ourselves [2022] paperback

    $12.00 – $16.00

    The #1 Irish Times bestseller WINNER of the An Post Irish Book Awards 'A clear-eyed, myth-dispelling masterpiece' Marian Keyes 'Sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent' Colm Toibin, Guardian 'With the pace...

    Aoife Moore: The Long Game [2023] paperback

    $17.00 – $21.00

    Inside the rise of the political party, once subordinate to the IRA, that is on the brink of taking power in IrelandSinn Fein is the most popular political party in...

    Kelly Brendan: Asylum [2023]


    In 1814, the Richmond Lunatic Asylum at Grangegorman in Dublinstarted an extraordinary programme of asylum building across Ireland,aimed at alleviating the suffering of people with mental illness who werehomeless, in...

    William Murphy: Days in the life: Reading the Michael Collins Diaries 1918-1922 [2022] hardback


    From 1918 to 1922 Michael Collins kept working diaries of his busy revolutionary life. They are a collection of hurried notes, necessary lists, names and appointments, things to do, and...

    McGreevy Ronan: The Kidnapping [2023] paperback


    'Garda Sheehan and Private Kelly were killed in front of me . . . I survived in some miraculous way' Don TideyNovember 1983. As top supermarket executive Don Tidey sets...

    Rob Cross: Colour Of Ireland The [2023] hardback


    The Colour of Ireland: County by County 1860-1960 is a photographic celebration of the history, culture, people and places that make up a century of life in Ireland. Covering all...

    Barry Kennerk: The Peeler's Notebook: Policing Victorian Dublin, Mad Dogs, Duals and Dynamite [2019] hardback


    Dublin during the nineteenth century could be an unforgiving city, especially for the unwary. Established in 1836, the Metropolitan Police who patrolled its dark alleys and streets fought running battles...

    Joe Duffy: Children of the Troubles: The Untold Story of the Children Killed in the Northern Ireland Conflict [2019] hardback


    "The bullets didn't just travel in distance, they travelled in time. Some of those bullets never stop travelling." Jack Kennedy, father of James KennedyOn 15th August 1969, nine-year-old Patrick Rooney...

    Derek Scally: The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship [2022] paperback

    $8.00 – $14.00

    The Number One BestsellerShortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2021'A great achievement . . . Brilliant, engaging and essential' Colm Toibin'At once intimate and epic, this is a landmark book'...

    Kieran Glennon: From Pogrom to Civil War: Tom Glennon and the Belfast IRA [2013] paperback

    $5.00 – $6.00

    When the attacks against Catholics known as the Belfast pogrom erupted in July 1920, Tom Glennon was a 20-year old officer in the IRA. The next three years took him...

    Elaine Farrell: Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women [2023] paperback

    $13.00 – $21.00

    Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was not a good place to be a woman. Among the wave of emigrants from Ireland to North America were many, many...

    John Crowley: The Book of the Skelligs [2022] hardback


    This book explores the Skelligs, Ireland's most dramatic and beautiful Atlantic islands, and focuses particularly on Skellig Michael, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. It considers why the construction of...

    On Every Tide: The making and remaking of the Irish world [2022] paperback


    ON EVERY TIDE is a wide-ranging and challenging reassessment of the Irish diaspora. Drawing on the latest ground-breaking research, and his own career-long engagement with the complexities of Irish identity,...

    Lorcan Collins: Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-21: The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign [2019] hardback


    An accessible overview of Ireland's War of Independence, 1919-21. From the first shooting of RIC constables in Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary, on 21 January 1919 to the truce in July 1921,...

    Tim Pat Coogan: The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy [2013] paperback


    During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland's citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known...

    Duibhir Liam O: Prisoners of War [2013] paperback


    Ballykinlar Internment Camp was the first mass internment camp to be established by the British in Ireland during the War of Independence. Situated on the County Down coast and opened...

    Patrick Keefe: SAY NOTHING W2 [2019] paperback



    Gabriel Cooney: Death in Irish prehistory [2023] paperback


    This is a book about life and death over 8,500 years in Ireland. It explores the richness of the mortuary record that we have for Irish prehistory (8000 BC to...

    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...

    Dean Ruxton: Death on Ireland's Eye: The Victorian Murder Trial that Scandalised a Nation [2022] paperback

    $8.00 – $20.00

    A tragic death, a murder trial and a 170-year-old mystery - but what really happened? Shortly after Maria Kirwan died in a lonely inlet on Ireland's Eye, it was decided...

    Conor Dodd: Casualties of Conflict [2023] hardback


    This book explores the lives and deaths of over 300 men, women and children buried in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery who died due to the War of Independence and Civil War....

    Daniel Finn: One Man's Terrorist [2023] hardback


    The conflict in Northern Ireland was one of the most devastating in post-war Europe, claiming the lives of 3,500 people and injuring many more. This book is a riveting new...

    Tom Doyle: The Summer Campaign In Kerry [2023] paperback


    This book follows the course of the Irish Civil War in Kerry, July & August 1922. With notes on the brief period of confrontation when Free State troops were all...

    Sean ODriscoll: Heiress Rebel Vigilante Bomber [2023] paperback


    'Fascinating . . . O'Driscoll's research is impressive' Ben Macintyre, The Times'It would be hard to overstate how good this book is . . . a fantastic read' Sunday Independent'Superb...

    Dervla Murphy: A Place Apart: Northern Ireland in the 1970s [2014] paperback


    A Place Apart is a remarkable geographical and psychological travelogue that rises above history, politics, theology and economics. Created by a southern Irishwoman, cycling into the mayhem of Northern Ireland...

    Lensmen Photographic Archives: The 1980s: Ireland in Pictures [2014] paperback


    The fourth book in the acclaimed series!Ireland's premier photographers, The Lensmen, captured the essence of life in Ireland during the 1980s in their stunning and thought provoking images. This collection...

    Clodagh Finn: Through Her Eyes: A new history of Ireland in 21 women [2022] paperback


    This remarkable book provides an account of the history of Ireland like we've never seen before. Told through the prism of the lives of twenty-one extraordinary women, it offers an...

    Conor Reidy: Criminal Irish Drunkards [2014] paperback


    Offering a unique insight into the habitual inebriate offender class in Ireland, this book examines the inebriate reformatory system in Ireland from its foundation in 1900 until its closure in...

    The Year of Chaos: Northern Ireland on the Brink of Civil War, 1971-72


    'Frank and incisive - an insightful look at the most tumultuous period of the Troubles.' Ian Cobain'This is the Belfast I grew up in. Malachi writes from first-hand experience and...

    Diarmaid Ferriter: Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War [2022] paperback


    THE IRISH BESTSELLER'Ferriter has richly earned his reputation as one of Ireland's leading historians' Irish Independent'Absorbing ... A fascinating exploration of the Civil War and its impact on Ireland and...

    Alice Roberts: The Celts [2016] paperback


    'Informed, impeccably researched and written' Neil Oliver'A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling' Brian CoxThe Celts are one of the world's most mysterious ancient people. In this compelling account, Alice Roberts...

    Dwyer Fin: A Lethal Legacy [2023] hardback


    From the creator of The Irish History Podcast comes a fascinating look at Irish history through the lens of murder. In A Lethal Legacy, Fin Dwyer charts 200 years of...

    C Kearns Kevin: A Year of Glory and Gold [2023] hardback


    The 1930s in Ireland is often remembered as a bleak period of economic stagnation and unemployment. But, 1932, hailed by the Irish Press as a 'new era', was an early...

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