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Hopscotch
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Day By Day
by Sister Stan
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Bolloxology
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Rebel Sisters
by Marita Conlon-McKenna
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Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby
by Donal Lenihan
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Hopscotch: A Memoir
by Hilary Fannin
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Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins
May 2016
Nothing On Earth
by Conor O'Callaghan
April 2016
The Hurley Maker's Son
by Patrick Deeley
March 2016
A Slanting of the Sun: Stories
by Donal Ryan
March 2016
Man and Ball: My Autobiography
by Stephen Ferris
February 2016
The Matchmaker
by Marita Conlon-McKenna
February 2016
Rebel Sisters
by Marita Conlon-McKenna
October 2015
The Sheridans' Guide to Cheese
by Kevin and Seamus Sheridan with Catherine Cleary
October 2015
Hopscotch: A Memoir
by Hilary Fannin

Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland’s Big Waves
September 2012
Trade Paperback

Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland’s Big Waves
by Keith Duggan

Surfing in Ireland was once considered little more than a fringe and slightly lunatic pursuit. The treacherous coastline and ice waters of the Atlantic did not sit comfortably with the stereotype of surfing as the favoured pastime of the bronzed and privileged. But with the discovery in the past few years of the gargantuan Aileen’s wave at the Cliffs of Moher and other heavy waves, the Irish coast has become one of the worst kept secrets in world surfing.

In Cliffs of Insanity, the Irish Times sportswriter Keith Duggan tells the story of a dedicated group of surfers in County Clare whose lives revolve around the pursuit of Ireland’s wildest waves. The book traces the evolution of Fergal Smith, the young Mayo man whose intuition for big waves has earned him a serious reputation and explores the world of Mickey Smith, the roving Cornish man who discovered Aileen’s and whose breathtaking surf photography has caught the Irish landscape in an entirely new and original light.

Bitter cold days, broken bones, busted boards, scars, near drownings and countless hours in the freezing water trying to read the ocean is the price they pay for those few transcendent seconds when they master a wave.

Cliffs of Insanity is about the importance of pursuing what matters in life but it is also about community and friendship, and the passionate pursuit of a way of life that flies in the face of everything championed in Ireland over the last decade.
Reviews

Inventive and inspiring.
Michael Foley (Sunday Times)

Duggan presents a rare and intimate window into a little-understood world. ... I was enthralled.
 (The Irish Times)

Beautifully written. Compelling.
Malachy Clerkin (Off The Ball, Newstalk)

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