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Renaissance Nation

by David McWilliams Gill Books (November 02, 2018)

Renaissance Nation is the story of how the Pope’s Children rewrote the rules for Ireland.

In four decades, bookended by the visits of the pope in September 1979 and August 2018, Ireland has managed to become...

Time to Talk

by Michael Healy-Rae Gill Books (October 26, 2018)

The biggest regret of Michael Healy-Rae’s life was a time he didn’t talk when somebody needed him the most. After that, he vowed to never stop talking, listening and trying to really hear what people were...

A Narrow Sea

by Jonathan Bardon Gill Books (October 26, 2018)

Based on the popular BBC Radio Ulster series of the same name, A Narrow Sea traces the epic sweep of Ireland’s relationship with Scotland, exploring the myriad connections, correlations, personalities and...

When the Hangman Came to Galway

by Dean Ruxton Gill Books (October 19, 2018)

Galway, the winter of 1885. The violent murders of John Moylan, killed in a dark boreen, and Alice Burns, shot dead in the dining room of the Royal Hotel, have shaken the county. Now, following painstaking investigations...

De Valera: Rule

by David McCullagh Gill Books (October 26, 2018)

In this, the concluding volume of David McCullagh’s monumental new life of the revolutionary and statesman, we join De Valera in 1932 as he takes the reins of power in the first Fianna Fáil government, and...

Madam Politician

by Martina Fitzgerald Gill Books (October 12, 2018)

Only 10 per cent of those who have sat at the cabinet table in Ireland in almost 100 years have been women, totalling just 19 female politicians. Along with the two former female presidents of Ireland, all of...

My Name is Bridget

by Alison O'Reilly Gill Books (April 20, 2018)

In 1946, twenty-six-year-old Bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost...

Jack Lynch, A Biography

by Dermot Keogh Gill Books (September 04, 2009)

Jack Lynch is one of the most important and perhaps most underrated Irish political leaders of the twentieth century.

A sportsman who won six All-Ireland medals in a row with Cork, he was also a civil servant...

The Hidden Ireland – A Study of Gaelic Munster in the Eighteenth Century

by Daniel Corkery Gill Books (December 01, 1979)

Daniel Corkery’s classic book The Hidden Ireland is a study of Irish language poetry and culture in eighteenth-century Munster. The ‘Hidden Ireland’ of the title is literary Ireland: Corkery’s famous...

The Economy of Ireland

by John W. O'Hagan & Carol Newman Gill Books (August 22, 2014)

An essential book for students of economics as well as economists and policymakers.

The twelfth edition of this enduring and popular book surveys all major changes in the Irish economy in the past fifteen years,...

De Valera Volume 1

by David McCullagh Gill Books (October 20, 2017)

Éamon de Valera was the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century. He was a leader in the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War...

In America

by Caitríona Perry Gill Books (October 27, 2017)

As RTÉ’s Washington correspondent, Caitríona Perry has earned a reputation as a reliable source of truth as the world tries to make sense of the maelstrom of shocking headlines emanating from Donald Trump’s...

A Time to Risk All

by Clodagh Finn Gill Books (October 13, 2017)

Clodagh Finn has travelled throughout Europe to piece together the story of this remarkable, unknown Irish woman, meeting many of those children Mary Elmes saved. Here, in a book packed with courage, heroism,...

A Short History of Dublin

by Richard Killeen Gill Books (March 19, 2010)

Explore Dublin's hidden history, from the age of the Vikings to the present day, with this bestselling short history of the city. It's the perfect tour companion.

Dublin started as a Viking trading settlement...

The Evolution of Irish Nationalist Politics

by Tom Garvin Gill Books (September 13, 2005)

Professor Tom Garvin’s classic work studies the growth of nationalism in Ireland from the middle of the eighteenth century to modern times.

It traces the continuity of tradition from earlier organisations,...

Nationalist Revolutionaries in Ireland 1858-1928

by Tom Garvin Gill Books (September 13, 2005)

The present-day Republic of Ireland was created by a revolutionary elite which developed between 1858 and 1914. Here, one of Ireland’s most eminent historians, Professor Tom Garvin, considers the social origins...

The Abbey Rebels of 1916

by Fearghal McGarry Gill Books (October 30, 2015)

The story of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath from a new persepective

The Abbey Theatre played a leading role in the politicisation of the revolutionary generation that won Irish freedom, but comparatively...

The Easter Rebellion

by Max Caulfield Gill Books (March 01, 1995)

This is a scrupulously researched and superbly written account of the events of that fateful week.

The narrative proceeds almost on an hour-by-hour basis building up a picture which, while immensely detailed,...

Famine Echoes – Folk Memories of the Great Irish Famine

by Cathal Poirteir Gill Books (September 01, 1995)

Famine Echoes is a groundbreaking oral account of the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845–52, telling the stories of its victims for the first time ever in their own words and those of their descendants.


A City in Turmoil – Dublin 1919–1921

by Pádraig Yeates Gill Books (September 21, 2012)

Dublin was the cockpit of the Irish Revolution. It was in the capital that Dáil Éireann convened and built an alternative government to challenge the authority of Dublin Castle; it was where the munitions...

Disillusioned Decades – Ireland 1966–87

by Tim Pat Coogan Gill Books (December 01, 1987)

From Seán Lemass to mass unemployment: Ireland changed between 1966 and 1987 and, Tim Pat Coogan argues in Disillusioned Decades, not for the better

The year 1966 was one in which to take stock: fifty years...

50 Dáil Debates that Shaped the Nation

by John Drennan Gill Books (October 05, 2012)

From the debates of the 1950s that were strikingly similar to what we face today – struggles against bankruptcy, emigration and abuse of power by the State – through the wars in the 70s and 80s over divorce...

The Downfall of the Spanish Armada in Ireland

by Ken Douglas Gill Books (September 25, 2009)

The English navy inflicted a narrow defeat on the Armada, but it was the Irish coast that encompassed its downfall.

'Heed that coast!' The Duke of Medina Sidonia wanted only to guide La Felissima Armada home...

Against the Tide

by Noël Browne Gill Books (June 12, 2007)

'Against the Tide' is a story told with honesty and great emotion; the narrative of a life in which tragedy and good fortune succeeded each other with bewildering speed. After training as a doctor, Noël Browne...

Funding the Nation

by Michael Keyes Gill Books (September 30, 2011)

Daniel O’Connell created the Catholic nation in 1820s Ireland and in the process he gave birth to popular politics.

Ahead of America where Andrew Jackson was creating his own brand of popular politics, O’Connell...

Michael Collins: The Lost Leader

by Margery Forester Gill Books (September 12, 2006)

In print continuously for more than thirty years, this book is long established as a reliable and affectionate portrait of Michael Collins.

First, published in 1971, its great strength is that the author was...

Days of Heaven: Italia '90 and the Charlton Years

by Declan Lynch Gill Books (April 01, 2010)

The best of Irish Soccer. The kickstart the country needed. The men, the excitement, the places, the stories, the goals and above all, the journey.

They were the best days of our lives. This is how so many of...

The People's Rising

by Daniel Gahan Gill Books (October 01, 1995)

The Wexford Rising of 1798 was the most bloody campaign in Irish history since the Williamite wars. In little than a month, over 30,000 people died. The Rising, which had been launched on a tide of revolutionary...

This Great Calamity: The Great Irish Famine

by Christime Kinealy Gill Books (May 02, 2006)

The Great Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number...

The Irish War of Independence

by Micahel Hopkinson Gill Books (March 24, 2004)

Within months of first publication, Michael Hopkinson's study of the Irish War of Independence established itself as by far most comprehensive and evocative account of the role played by the conflict in shaping...

Tony Ryan

by Richard Aldous Gill Books (August 30, 2013)

In this authorised biography of one of the most remarkable Irishmen of the twentieth century, Richard Aldous is independent in his judgements and frank in his examination of his subject’s shortcomings and...

Big Fellow, Long Fellow. A Joint Biography of Collins and De Valera

by T. Ryle Dwyer Gill Books (September 12, 2006)

Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera were the two most charismatic leaders of the Irish revolution. This joint biography looks first at their very different upbringings and early careers. Both fought in the 1916...

Dublin Easter 1916 The French Connection

by Bill Mc Cormack Gill Books (September 28, 2012)

All revolutionary movements since 1789 have looked instinctively to the French model. In this book, Bill Mc Cormack demonstrates that the French influence in Ireland was indeed profound, especially in the years...

Ireland's Arctic Siege of 1947

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (October 21, 2011)

On 19 January 1947 Ireland was invaded by a freakish anticyclonic weather phenomenon unleashed from the depths of Siberia. Its prolonged two-month grip entombed the country in snow and ice.

This arctic siege...

The Islander. Complete and Unabridged A translation of An tOileánach

by Tomás O'Crohan, Gary Bannister & David Sowby Gill Books (September 14, 2012)

This superb account of life on the Great Blasket Island off the west coast of Kerry, written as the nineteenth century draws to its close and the dawn of a new era trespasses on the lives of its small community,...

Lockout Dublin 1913

by Pádraig Yeates Gill Books (November 07, 2000)

On 26 August 1913 the trams stopped running in Dublin. Striking conductors and drivers, members of the Irish Transport Workers’ Union, abandoned their vehicles. They had refused a demand from their employer,...

The Maximalist

by Matt Cooper Gill Books (September 11, 2015)

I am a maximalist … I want more of everything.’

Tony O’Reilly strode into the twenty-first century an Irishman apart. Strikingly good-looking, athletically gifted, irresistibly charismatic and phenomenally...

This is Charlie Bird

by Charlie Bird & Kevin Rafter Gill Books (September 29, 2006)

Charles "Charlie" Bird has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Journalism. He joined RTE – The National Broadcaster– in 1974. He has been at the heart of every big news event for over thirty years,...

Just Mary: A Political Memoir From Mary O'Rourke

by Mary O'Rourke Gill Books (October 12, 2012)

In this memoir Mary O' Rourke writes, with remarkable candidness and humour, of personal and political events; of the many senior political figures with whom she worked, including Charles Haughey and Bertie...

Forgotten Soldiers

by Stephen Walker Gill Books (October 23, 2007)

Drawing upon war diaries, court martial papers and interviews with veterans and family members, award-winning BBC journalist Stephen Walker explains how, often exhausted by battle, or suffering shell-shock,...

A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes  – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Irish History

by Jonathan Bardon Gill Books (October 31, 2008)


From invasions to rebellions, heroic martyrs to pragmatic politicians, industrial development to mass emigration, A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes by renowned...

Hallelujah – The story of a musical genius and the city that brought his masterpiece to life

by Jonathan Bardon Gill Books (October 23, 2015)

18 November, 1741. George Frideric Handel, one of the world’s greatest composers, arrives in Dublin – the second city of the Empire – to prepare his masterpiece, Messiah, for its maiden performance the...

The Irish Paradox

by Sean Moncrieff Gill Books (September 25, 2015)

What does it mean to be Irish?

‘We’ve been clever and stupid, principled and corrupt. We can be kind and cruel, guilty of dopey optimism and chronic fatalism. We’re friendly, but near impossible to get...

Eleanor, Countess of Desmond

by Anne Chambers Gill Books (February 25, 2001)

Set in a period of invasion, military conflict, social and political chaos perpetrated by the Tudor conquest of Ireland, the story of Eleanor, Countess of Desmond recounts the heroic efforts of a woman to protect...

The Glorious Madness – Tales of the Irish and the Great War

by Turtle Bunbury Gill Books (October 17, 2014)

From tragic generals to nuns on the run – the extraordinary stories of the Irish on the frontlines of the First World War that you’ve never heard before

Based on first-hand accounts of the First World War,...

Sean O'Casey, Writer at Work

by Christopher Murray Gill Books (March 28, 2006)

Christopher Murray’s definitive study of Seán O’Casey, the last great writer of the Irish literary revival, provides a strong interpretative context for his life.

Murray looks afresh at the Dublin of the...

Menopause – The Commonsense Approach

by Ruth Appleby Gill Books (April 01, 1998)

The menopause is a natural stage in every woman’s life. Now, thanks to Menopause – The CommonSense Approach, a practical and optimistic guide to the menopause experience, you can get through it with grace...

James Connolly, A Full Life

by Donal Nevin Gill Books (August 30, 2005)

‘Hasn’t it been a full life, Lillie, and isn’t this a good end?’, were James Connolly’s last words to his wife in Dublin Castle in the early hours of 12 May 1916 just before his execution for his part...

Dublin Street Life and Lore – An Oral History of Dublin’s Streets and their Inhabitants

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (October 01, 1997)

The first half of this century was the heyday of Dublin’s vibrant and bustling traditional street life. Now in Dublin’s Street Life and Lore, through the vivid oral histories of the participants themselves,...

Eliza Lynch

by Michael Lillis & Ronan Fanning Gill Books (September 11, 2009)

Escaping a desperate marriage at the age of 20, Eliza Lynch fled Ireland to Paris where her extraordinary beauty and intelligence won the attention of the soon-to-be dictator of Paraguay, Francisco Solano López....