by Gene Kerrigan
Charlie Saurin, Frank Henderson, Oscar Traynor and Boss Shields lived on the north side of Dublin in 1916.
The Scrap follows them through the week of the Easter Rising – from their F Company base in Fairview, where they fought one of the first skirmishes with the British, and into the centre of Dublin, where they were involved in increasingly bloody fighting.
Using highly personal documents from the Bureau of Military History, the story is one of gripping detail, as we follow F Company into the GPO and see icons of Irish history as the rank and file Volunteers saw them.
From there to the panic and pain of Moore Street, where the leaders began to consider surrender, and some of the members of F Company faced the ultimate test.
Observing the rank and file Volunteers as they faced a turning point in history, The Scrap is full of the dramatic, funny and contradictory detail of ordinary men and women dealing with extraordinary events.
The Sheridans' Guide to Cheese
by Kevin and Seamus Sheridan with Catherine Cleary
Kevin and Seamus Sheridan first started selling cheese from a market stall in Galway over twenty years ago. As passionate advocates of local farming and champions of high quality food production, the brothers soon developed a reputation for selling the very best cheeses from around the world.
Today, the award-winning Sheridans Cheesemongers has become something of a byword for cheese, sourcing and selling the world’s best cheeses to customers across the globe.
In their first book, The Sheridans’ Guide to Cheese, Kevin and Seamus share their expert knowledge and invite you on a journey through the vast array of cheeses that adorn their shelves.
From the cheese peninsulas of West Cork and the cheddar caves of Somerset to the hills of Reggia Emilia, the brothers introduce us to some of the best cheesemakers in the world, revealing how their favourite cheeses are made, whilst offering heaps of practical advice on selecting, buying, aging and storing each variety of cheese.
An indispensable handbook for both novice cheeselovers and mature connoisseurs alike, The Sheridans’ Guide to Cheese is a complete guide to the cheeses of the world, featuring tasting notes, wine- and flavour-pairings and delicious recipes to help you appreciate every cheese you try.
To Live From The Heart: Mindful Paths To The Sacred
by Edited by Sister Stan
'This is a sacred treasury, a spiritual notebook which is very special to me, and which has touched and inspired me at different times over the years.'
In To Live from the Heart: Mindful Paths to the Sacred, Sister Stan reveals how prayer can play an important part in all our lives, lifting our spirits and offering us hope and support in good times and bad.
This comforting treasury of mindful meditations, prayers, proverbs and essays has helped to sustain Sister Stan through the years. In sharing them with us, she hopes they will nourish our souls, bring us peace on our journey through life, and inspire us to live from the heart.
by Colm Tobin
It’s exhausting. Being Irish. The weight of history. The self-doubt. The constant analysis. The wind.
Why are we so hard on ourselves? Is it the post-colonial overhang following centuries of oppression at the hands of a litany of foreign invaders? Or is it collective guilt for sending Westlife out into the wider world?
Some say you can hear Irishness in the lonesome lilt of uileann pipes. That you can smell it in the farts of a billion Guinness drinkers. Look hard enough and you can see it winking back at you from the shimmering, oily thighs of Michael Flatley.
In Surviving Ireland, acclaimed comedy writer Colm Tobin* takes the reader by the hand for a satirical romp through modern Irish life. As well as providing all the tools you’ll need to navigate this often tricky little island (except a compass, map or anything resembling a fact), the book will take you through some of the country’s fraught history, asking some searing questions in the process: how did we get here, where are we going and who in the name of God is going to pay for it all?
Charting the journey from birth through school, work, relationships, marriage, death and everything in between, Surviving Ireland is your definitive guide to the life cycle of the modern Irish. And it’s got some funny drawings as well.
* Not the Booker Prize nominated author Colm Tóibín.
Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins
Brendan Cummins has made more senior hurling championship appearances than any other player in the history of hurling. In an era which produced such brilliant goalkeeping talents as Davy Fitzgerald, Donal Óg Cusack, and Damien Fitzhenry many would argue that Cummins has earned the right to be considered the greatest of them all.
From his debut for Tipperary in November, 1993, Cummins went on to play at the top of the inter-county game for 19 consecutive championship seasons. He won two All Ireland senior hurling championships, five Munster championships and four League titles – and has won five All Star awards.
From fearless shot-stopping to pin-point accuracy on his puck-outs, Cummins was unrivalled for the consistency of his performances, a consistency underpinned by a sometimes punishing physical commitment, mental discipline and great attention to detail. He was the rock upon which Tipperary built their team under many managers and changes of personnel.
Brendan Cummins story is the story of Tipperary hurling over the last two decades. The ups and downs. The dramas. The characters. From his first senior years under Len Gaynor to his final games under Eamon O’Shea, Cummins has seen it all. Standing My Ground is a remarkable account of an extraordinary career.