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October 2014
In My Own Words: The Autobiography
by Paul Galvin
October 2014
Dalo: The Autobiography
by Anthony Daly
October 2014
One Chance
by Emily Gillmor Murphy
October 2014
Run, Lily, Run
by Martha Long
October 2014
The Convictions of John Delahunt
by Andrew Hughes
October 2014
Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography
by Mary Black
October 2014
Seasons of Hope
by Sister Stan
October 2014
Easter Widows
by Sinead McCoole
September 2014
T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot
by Anne Chambers
September 2014
The Thing About December
by Donal Ryan
August 2014
The Rose Garden
by Marita McKenna

Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Irelandís Big Waves
September 2012
Trade Paperback

Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Irelandís 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 Aileenís 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 Irelandís 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 Aileenís 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

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

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

Inventive and inspiring.
Michael Foley (Sunday Times)

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