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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...


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 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 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...


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.

‘When...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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)

THE ONLY BOOK ON IRISH HISTORY YOU’LL EVER NEED!

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...


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...


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,...


The Great Betrayal

by John Drennan Gill Books (September 04, 2015)

From penalty points to water charges, funding cuts to tax hikes, The Great Betrayal is a cutting assessment of the upheavals, egos and scraps that shaped the 31st Dáil by Ireland’s most sagacious political...


Another Country – Growing Up In ’50s Ireland

by Gene Kerrigan Gill Books (April 01, 1998)

From First Communions to CIÉ Mystery Tours – the heartwarming story of award-winning journalist Gene Kerrigan’s childhood in Dublin in the ’50s

In his highly addictive style, Gene Kerrigan effortlessly...


Medieval Ireland (New Gill History of Ireland 1)

by Michael Richter Gill Books (September 27, 2005)

Medieval Ireland – The Enduring Tradition, the first instalment in the New Gill History of Ireland series, offers an overview of Irish history from the coming of Christianity in the fifth century to the Reformation...


Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

by Sean Duffy Gill Books (October 11, 2013)

Brian Boru is the most famous Irish person before the modern era, whose death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 is one of the few events in the whole of Ireland’s medieval history to retain a place in the...


Preventing the Future

by Tom Garvin Gill Books (August 24, 2004)

Between the years of the mid-thirties through to 1960, independent Ireland suffered from economic stagnation, and also went through a period of intense cultural and psychological repression. While external circumstances...


Haunting Cries

by Karen Coleman Gill Books (October 01, 2010)

‘I hear people say now, “Oh, this is an historical thing.” It’s not historical for me. I can reach out my hand and touch it.’

Survivor of child abuse at Daingean reformatory

In their own words, survivors...


A History of County Wexford

by Nicholas Furlong Gill Books (October 23, 2003)

Brimming with vitality and information, Nicholas Furlong’s comprehensive A History of County Wexford is an indispensable guide to Wexford’s history, culture and people. Furlong starts with Wexford’s first...


Twentieth-Century Ireland (New Gill History of Ireland 6)

by Dermot Keogh Gill Books (September 27, 2005)

Professor Dermot Keogh’s Twentieth-Century Ireland, the sixth and final book in the New Gill History of Ireland series, is a wide-ranging, informative and hugely engaging study of the long twentieth century,...


Dublin Voices

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (September 06, 2001)

For nearly thirty years, Kevin C. Kearns collected the memories and recollections of Dubliners on tape. These interviews have formed the basis of an extraordinary body of work, one whose subjects have included...


A History of County Galway

by Peadar O'Dowd Gill Books (October 05, 2004)

Peadar O’Dowd’s A History of County Galway is an enjoyable, accessible and informative study of Galway’s history. A comprehensive book that begins with Galway’s geological formation, O’Dowd’s study...


The Legendary ‘Lugs Branigan’ – Ireland’s Most Famed Garda

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (October 03, 2014)

Garda and guardian. Protector and punisher. This is ‘Lugs’ Branigan: the man, the legend.

The story of ‘Lugs’ Branigan is a tale that is long overdue. It is a story of extraordinary courage and compassion,...


Dead Funny – The Little Book of Irish Grave Humour

by Allen Foster Gill Books (November 05, 2010)

Allen Foster lives in on a farm in Enfield, Co Meath. When not tending to his cattle or walking his beloved dogs he finds the time to be a freelance journalist and researcher. He is the author of eight other...


The Modernisation of Irish Society 1848 - 1918

by Joseph John Lee Gill Books (June 24, 2008)

The Modernisation of Irish Society surveys the period from the end of the Famine to the triumph of Sinn Fein in the 1918 election and argues that during that time Ireland became one of the most modern and advanced...


Hard Cases – True Stories of Irish Crime

by Gene Kerrigan Gill Books (February 08, 2005)

From crime to verdict, award-winning journalist Gene Kerrigan tells the brutal stories of some of Ireland’s most notorious murders, kidnappings and violent attacks

Hard Cases is a collection of startling stories...


A Taste of Love – The Memoirs of Bohemian Irish Food Writer Theodora FitzGibbon

by Theodora FitzGibbon Gill Books (March 27, 2015)

Discover the many lives of free-spirited and much-loved Irish Times cookery writer Theodora FitzGibbon

‘I have starved in some of the most beautiful places in the world …’

The Irish Times food writer Theodora...


What If? Alternative Views of Twentieth-Century Irish History

by Diarmaid Ferriter Gill Books (April 25, 2006)

What If? is an entertaining, thoughtful, provocative and original look at some of the milestones of twentieth century Irish history that offers a glimpse of what might have been.

We all know that there was nothing...


A City in Civil War – Dublin 1921–1924

by Pádraig Yeates Gill Books (April 14, 2015)

The long-awaited concluding volume of Pádraig Yeates’ ‘Dublin at War’ trilogy

In A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921–1924, acclaimed historian Pádraig Yeates turns his attention to Ireland’s bloody and...


A Social History of Women in Ireland, 1870–1970

by Rosemary Cullen Owens Gill Books (October 25, 2005)

A Social History of Women in Ireland is an important and overdue book that explores the role and status of women in Ireland from 1870 until 1970, looking at politics, sociology, marriage patterns, religion,...


Dublin Pub Life and Lore – An Oral History of Dublin’s Traditional Irish Pubs

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (August 01, 1996)

Dublin is renowned for its amazing profusion of pubs and for its exuberant pub culture. In Dublin Pub Life and Lore, Professor Kevin Kearns examines the history of this phenomenon by speaking to old publicans,...


Rule-breakers – Why ‘Being There’ Trumps ‘Being Fair’ in Ireland

by Niamh Hourigan Gill Books (March 20, 2015)

Ireland is a nation on a value system that equates ‘being good’ with ‘being there for each other’. As a society we favour ‘minding our own’ over ‘doing what we’re told’.

So far, so Irish.

It’s...


Seventeenth-Century Ireland (New Gill History of Ireland 3)

by Raymond Gillespie Gill Books (October 24, 2006)

In Seventeenth-Century Ireland, Professor Raymond Gillespie, one of Ireland’s most eminent historians, tries to understand Ireland in the seventeenth century in a new way.

Most surveys of seventeenth-century...


Foster’s Historical Irish Oddities

by Allen Foster Gill Books (October 09, 2015)

Strange, zany and at times downright baffling, Foster’s Historical Irish Oddities is a quirky compendium of true stories from all over Ireland.

It is essential reading for anyone who loves to entertain friends...


Irish Rogues and Rascals – From Francis Shackleton to Charlie Haughey

by Joseph McArdle Gill Books (October 16, 2007)

Irish history is littered with rogues, larger-than-life characters who range from cheeky scamps to vicious chancers. In Irish Rogues and Rascals, Joseph MacArdle looks at some of the most notorious Irishmen...


Irishology

by Ronan Moore Gill Books (October 09, 2015)

Ah Ireland, it’s a great little country all the same, if only you could put a roof on it.

While we may be a nation of messers and begrudgers, we’ll always have a soft spot for our land of sunny spells and...


Dublin’s Lost Heroines – Mammies and Grannies in a Vanished City

by Kevin C. Kearns Gill Books (October 12, 2004)

Dublin’s Lost Heroines is a masterly work of oral history by the acclaimed author of the bestselling Dublin Tenement Life, Kevin C. Kearns.

In Dublin’s Lost Heroines, Kearns presents the voices of working-class...


The Munich Air Disaster – The True Story behind the Fatal 1958 Crash

by Stephen Morrin Gill Books (September 25, 2007)

Uncover the true story behind the tragic Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958, the night that 8 of the Manchester United’s ‘Busby Babes’ died

They were players about to become legends, the famous Manchester...