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Your official source for new Irish books each month

First Flush is the number one resource for new Irish book releases. See which books will be on the shelves each month—search by genre, keyword, author or title—or just browse through the archives.

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The Road to Riverdance

The Road to Riverdance by Bill Whelan is a skilfully attuned record of one of Ireland's most famous and influential composers.
Bill Whelan
Published: October / 
2022
The Lilliput Press
9781843518600
384  Pages
€40.00
£35.00
Hardback
Ireland
Memoirs

The Ref's Call: Memoir of a Rugby Referee

A unique perspective on forty years of rugby union.
Owen Doyle
Published: October / 
2022
Hachette Books Ireland
9781529396058
336  Pages
€15.99
£15.99
Paperback
Ireland
Memoirs

The Politics of God: The Rise and Rise of Political Religion

The Politics of God: The Rise and Rise of Political Religion examines the rise of political religion and its global impact, particularly in light of the Russo-Ukrainian War that has caused Europe's largest refugee crisis since WWII.
T. P. O'Mahony
Published: October / 
2022
Veritas Publications
9781800970403
160  Pages
€19.99
£17.99
Paperback
Ireland
Philosophy of religion

The Nana

The Irish nana is a repository of family history, memory and lore. Alice celebrates her own nanas, part of the generation born after the Great Famine. She herself is now a nana too, and explores the old and the new, the 'then' and 'now', the nana of yesteryear and of today, with her characteristic empathy and love.
Alice Taylor; Emma Byrne (The O'Brien Press )
Published: October / 
2022
O'Brien Press
9781788493864
240  Pages
€22.99
£19.99
Hardback
Ireland
Memoirs

The Mindful Our Father

Once we translate the spiritual wisdom of the Lord's Prayer into the personal language of our experience, we shall be led to a unique encounter with the God who yearns for us more than we could ever yearn for him.
Thomas G Casey (SJ)
Published: October / 
2022
Messenger Publications
9781788125796
192  Pages
€19.95
£18.95
Paperback
Ireland
Spirituality & religious experience

The Mansion House Fund 1800

The Little Famine of 1880 resulted from disastrous harvest failures in Ireland in the late 1870s. Hunger and poverty were evident throughout the country and a rapid response was needed to prevent the catastrophic loss of life which occurred during the Great Famine of the 1840s. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Edmund Dwyer Gray, set up the Mansion House Fund, which collected money from Irish emigrants in Britain, America, Canada and Australia. The Mansion House Fund then distributed relief to 836 local committees, based in every county of Ireland. This selection of documents from Dublin City Library & Archive tells the story of the Little Famine in the words of those who suffered and those who succoured.
David O'Regan
Published: October / 
2022
Dublin City Council
9780950548883
150  Pages
€25.00
£19.95
Hardback
Ireland
Local history

The Keepsake Quilters

Set in the very different worlds of cosmopolitan London and a sleepy village in Ireland's Wicklow mountains, The Keepsake Quilters tells the stories of four generations of women and the patchwork of fabrics that reconciles their unspoken family past with their dysfunctional present, offering the prospect of a joyful future
Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Published: October / 
2022
Hachette Books Ireland
9781529379570
368  Pages
£13.99
Paperback
Ireland
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The Jesuit Mission in Early Modern Ireland, 1560-C.1760

Brian Mac Cuarta; Mary Ann Lyons
Published: October / 
2022
Four Courts Press
9781801510257
272  Pages
€55.00
£50.00
Hardback
Ireland
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

The Irish Volunteers, 1913-19: A History

No organization was more central to the history of Ireland in the 20th century than the Irish Volunteers. This is the first authoritative history of that body from its inception in November 1913 to its rebranding as the IRA in 1919. Against a backdrop of seemingly imminent Home Rule, the example and form of the Ulster Volunteer Force inspired a nationalist equivalent in Dublin. This book traces the daunting challenges which confronted the Irish Volunteers, from lack of resources and expertise to the efforts of the Irish Parliamentary Party to seize control in June 1914. Without the First World War, the 1916 Rising would have been inconceivable. John Redmond's endorsement of the war effort fractured the Volunteers and led to the establishment of rival National and Irish Volunteer forces. The waning fortunes of the National Volunteers are surveyed. Energized by the threat of wartime conscription, the Irish Volunteers survived, while a secret IRB coterie planned an insurrection. This was militarily doomed but those who took part fought tenaciously. As Irish public opinion was transformed in the aftermath of the Rising, the Irish Volunteers re-emerged on a better organized military footing. This book assesses the relationship between them and the revamped Sinn Fein party in the lead up to the 1918 general election and the increasingly violent action that resulted in the War of Independence.
Daithi O Corrain
Published: October / 
2022
Four Courts Press
9781846826146
224  Pages
€29.95
£24.95
Paperback
Ireland
British & Irish history

The Irish Diaspora

Here, John Gibney has edited a ranged a articles from leading voice in their field to bring a comprehensive and engaging account of the Irish men and women who have established a presence across the world.
John Gibney
Published: October / 
2022
Pen & Sword History
9781526769572
168  Pages
£12.99
Paperback
United Kingdom
British & Irish history

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