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October 2015
by Hilary Fannin
October 2015
The Scrap
by Gene Kerrigan
October 2015
The Sheridans' Guide to Cheese
by Kevin and Seamus Sheridan with Catherine Cleary
October 2015
To Live From The Heart: Mindful Paths To The Sacred
by Edited by Sister Stan
October 2015
Surviving Ireland
by Colm Tobin
October 2015
Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins
September 2015
A Slanting of the Sun: Stories
by Donal Ryan
September 2015
Man and Ball: My Autobiography
by Stephen Ferris
September 2015
T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot
by Anne Chambers
September 2015
Easter Widows
by Sinead McCoole
July 2015
Another Heartbeat in the House
by Kate Beaufoy
June 2015
Dalo: The Autobiography
by Anthony Daly
May 2015
In My Own Words: The Autobiography
by Paul Galvin
May 2015
Run, Lily, Run
by Martha Long
March 2015
Sleeping Dogs
by Mark O'Sullivan
October 2014
Dalo: The Autobiography
by Anthony Daly
October 2014
One Chance
by Emily Gillmor Murphy

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.

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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