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An Nollaig sa Naigín (Book and CD)

This book (including CD) available in Irish only

Ré Ó Laighléis

Illustrations by Tatyana Feeney

For the 8-80 year-old

Pb, A4 vertical format
ISBN 978-0-9554079-0-1

Price €12.50

(And now, newly included in the book, is a beautifully atmospheric CD version of the text, read by the author and accompanied by seasonally rich native music and song)

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Whether child, teenage, adult or one worn-but-wise with age, the reader will be thoroughly enthralled by the innocence, the magic, the sheer humanity and warmth that permeate these pages. Seen through the eyes of the developing child on Christmas Day in five successive years, An Nollaig sa Naigín (Christmas in the Noggin) takes us on a remarkably joyous, emotional and thought-provoking journey in words and illustration. A book for everyone – young and old alike.

“A tender family portrait, it points to the importance of grandparents in the nuclear family … The Irish narrative is both lyrically descriptive and moving.”
Mary Arrigan, Tribune Books, Sunday Tribune

“This is an exceptionally sensitive and magically evocative work, readable by parent to child, capable of holding any teenager spellbound and rivetingly engaging for the adult reader. Whether young or old, this reviewer defies the reader not to wipe many tears from the eye as he turns the pages. This boasts a universality and brilliance in its writing, its crafting, its magic.”
Sinéad Nic Gearailt, Feasta

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Ár i gCor Chomrua

This book is also available in English
(see Battle for the Burren in this English catalogue)

Ré Ó Laighléis

Paperback, 184 pages

ISBN 978-0-9554079-2-5

Price €14

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Battle for the Burren

by Ré Ó Laighléis

Paperback 192 pages
ISBN 978-0-9554079-1-8

Price €14

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An epic tale of passion, fear and darkness, set against the
Great Battle of the O'Briens.

It is 1317 AD, some 1,500 years since the visionary Sobhartan fought her epic battle against Evil on the shores of Loughrask. Though long since dead, her spirit is embodied in the old blind monk, Benignus, who, like her, has been both blessed and cursed with the gift of vision. He is an elder of the community of Cistercians who occupy the monastery at Corcomroe on the Burren's beautiful, yet unforgiving foothills.

Set against the great wars of the divided factions of the Clan O'Brien, the power of Evil has found a willing home in the heart and soul of the dark and sinister Feardorcha, a lieutenant in the forces of Prince Donough O'Brien. The opposing forces of Donough and his cousin, Dermot, are making for the holy place at Corcomroe, where, once and for all, the bloodiest of battles will be fought to determine supremacy within the Clan O'Brien. And bloody it will be, and such will be the ensuing slaughter that devastation of its kind will be unprecedented.

This is the backdrop against which young Iarla O'Brien, son of Dermot, conducts his secretive and passion-filled relationship with Sorcha, daughter of Mahon, one of Prince Donough's most ardent and loyal supporters. Though fired with love and hope for a future together, the young lovers are all too aware of the divisions between their families and of the dangers that lie ahead. Their fates are outside of them and will ultimately be determined by the powers of Good and Evil. An epic tale of love, of fear and darkness.

"His characters are described and their speech declaimed in formal, sometimes florid prose, but this is tempered by the author's loving descriptions of nature and some powerful battle scenes."
Elizabeth McGuane, The Sunday Business Post

"The two O'Brien cousins, Prince Dermot and Prince Donough, who will confront each other in one of the bloodiest O'Brien battles ever, is the backdrop to a story of love, fear and powers of darkness that sweep the reader from one plateau to another… I can highly recommend this book to all…"
Lord Inchiquin, Sir Conor O'Brien,
Chieftain of the Clan O'Brien and Prince of Thomond

"It is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers… Very smart design and production."
First Flush, Books Ireland

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Heart of Burren Stone
a collection of short stories

Ré Ó Laighléis

ISBN 0-9532777-2-0

Price €10

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National and international award-winning author Ré Ó Laighléis gives us a collection that is disturbingly provocative, yet permeated throughout by a humane and perceptive sensitivity. His stories alternate between the serious and the witty. Set against both urban and rural backgrounds, these stories range in location from England to the United States and from France to Ireland North and South, with a concentration on the Burren.

Ó Laighléis is equally adept whether handling the loss of childhood innocence in cosmopolitan Dublin or remotest rural Ireland, the depravity that, at times, replaces such innocence in adult years, or the twists in life that determine happiness and misery. His characters bear all the frailty and vulnerability that epitomise the difficulty of survival in contemporary society.

Whether the tragicomedy of two nine-year-olds arguing their political corners on Northern Ireland’s Garvaghy Road, the conniving roguery of a Burren publisher or the pain-filled dilemma of a dying cancer patient in a Boston hospital appealing to be assisted on his way – there is an unnerving universality to Ó Laighléis’ writing.

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New Edition

Now more relevant than ever

Hooked

Ré Ó Laighléis

ISBN 978-0-9554079-3-2,

Price €12.50

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Ó Laighléis’ highly acclaimed novel tells the horrific and gruelling tale of teenager Alan’s slide into the world of drug addiction and his involvement with its murky and danger-filled underworld. Equally importantly, Hooked also relates the parents’story: Sandra’s world is thrown into turmoil, first by the realisation that her seventeen-year-old son is in the throes of heroin addiction and then by the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. There are no ribbons wrapped around the story here – it is hard, factual and written with sensitivity and skill.

“It is a riveting story based on every parent’s nightmare.”
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

“Ó Laighléis deftly favours creating a dark side of urban life over sledge-hammering the reader with ‘Just Say No’ messages; the horrors of heroin addiction are revealed within the story itself and, thankfully, the author avoids any preachy commentary.”
Educationmatters, Ireland on Sunday

“Hooked inhabits the world of well-off middle-class Dublin… with all its urban angst, moral decay, drug addiction, loneliness and teen attitudes and problems.”
Patrick Brennan, Irish Independent

“Ré Ó Laighléis speaks the language of those for whom Hooked will strike a familiar chord. If it makes people stop and think – as it undoubtedly will – it will have achieved more than all the anti-drug promotional campaigns we could ever begin to create.”
News Focus, The Mayo News

“Ó Laighléis deftly walks that path between teenage and adult literature, resulting in a book that will have wide appeal for both young and older readers.”
Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ Guide

“The book pulls no punches and there are no happy endings.”
Colin Kerr, News of the World

"Not for the faint-hearted."
Books Ireland

"His raw and concise writing style peels the layers from a shadowy topic and makes it accessible for both teenagers and their parents."
Samantha Novick, Limerick Leader Weekender

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Litir ó mo Mháthair Altrama agus scéalta eile

Available in Irish only

Fionntán de Brún

Paperback, 109 pages

ISBN 0-9532777-7-1

Price €8

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A challenging collection by a young Belfast writer who pushes out the boundaries of short story writing in the Irish language. In taking on themes that are decidedly connected to his native city, yet remarkably universal, de Brún gives us a work that is defined and exquisite in its crafting. There is a sensitivity and astuteness in the writer’s understanding of the human psyche that sets this work apart, regardless of culture or language. This is the work of an unquestionably gifted craftsman who bears an intuitive understanding of the power of narrative and dialogue.

“I haven’t read so inspiring, interesting or challenging a collection in any language in a long time.”
Meadhbh Ní Eadhra,

“This is not material for the lazy reader. It is thought-provoking and inspiring.”
The Editor, SAOL

Available in Irish only

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Sceoin sa Bhoireann
This book is also available in English
(see Terror on the Burren in this English catalogue)

Ré Ó Laighléis

Paperback, 114 pages
ISBN 0-9532777-6-3

Price €10

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Terror on the Burren
Ré Ó Laighléis

Paperback, 114 pages
ISBN 0-9532777-0-4

Price €12.50

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This multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed novel is a superlative mix of the supernatural and the real. Set against the archaeological and geological richness of the Burren landscape in Ireland’s County Clare, the author weaves a mesmeric and multi-layered tale of barbarity and beauty, of the imaginative and intrigue, of good and evil.

“Measured, even against his own already high standards, Ré Ó Laighléis has given us an exceptional work of beauty and terror here. This, quite simply, stands apart.”
C.J. Haughey, former Taoiseach

“Another example of Ó Laighléis shining creations…Undoubtedly, Ó Laighléis is a gifted writer and we wait with hungry curiosity to see what he will come up with next.”
Tom Widger, The Sunday Tribune

“You’ll never look at the Burren in the same way after you read this tale… Anyone even slightly intrigued by alternatives to the 20th century’s blueprint for living will find this account of life in 200 BC enchanting… The whole saga unfolds within a slim 114 pages, with the mystical beauty of the Burren permeating every page.”
Sharon Diviney, Ireland on Sunday

“This is an unusual work of rich and cinematographic prose, a work of excellence in the fantasy genre and one which bears the scope of The Mists of Avalon.”
Gabriel Rosenstock, Writer

“Though ostensibly set on the Burren in the period of pre-history, Ó Laighléis’ horrific story of destruction is inextricably connected to more recent murky happenings.”
Professor Mícheál Mac Craith, National University of Ireland, Galway

“A brilliant and fascinating read, which will hold you enthralled to the very end.”
Geraldine Molloy, The Big Issues

“This is epic story-telling at its very best.”
Tony Hickey, Village

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The Great Book of the Shapers
A right kick up in the Arts

Ré Ó Laighléis

Paperback, 114 pages
ISBN 0-9532777-8-X

Price €12.50

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In a world where there are fewer true artists than there are mere pretenders and where the ordinary citizen is disenfranchised, yet has to subsidise the indulgences and affectations of poseurs and shapers, these would-be artists are so far up their own ends that they are coming out of their mouths – and sometimes, it would nearly seem, out of others’ mouths.

Ó Laighléis bursts the bubble on the ‘let’s-say-nothing’ culture of pretence, as the ubiquitous and ever-overseeing Fly tee-hees his way throughout the hilarity of it all.

This satirical look at a pretentiousness in the arts that feeds upon itself really is
‘let’s-call-a-spade-a-shovel’ territory.

“This latest novel, his eighth, again highlights Ó Laighléis’ remarkable versatility.”
CORK NOW

“It is a farcical tirade against hangers-on, the spoofers, the plámásers and the lickspittles that gravitate towards the arts: hoisted up on their own petard, they succeed in disenfranchising both themselves and the man-on-the-street from the arts world.”
Mark Keane, The Clare People

“Ó Laighléis satirises the pretentious in the hope that some sanity may return to our appreciation of what is culturally sound, and that we judge things for what they are and not what they pretend to be.”
‘Book of the Week’, Galway Independent

“Art and art form are lost, while characters lose themselves with their own sense of importance.”
Aingeal Ní Mhurchú, The Southern Star

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