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8 books to gift your book loving Dad this Father’s Day

14-06-2016 15:17
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It’s that time of year again – Father’s Day. It falls on Sunday, 19 June and it’s time to get a gift he will love. It’s not always easy to pick the right Father’s Day present, so to help you on your way to getting massive kudos we’ve picked 8 books to gift your book-loving Dad! Guaranteed to keep you in the good books until next year, we promise!


A Pocket History of the 1916 Rising



On a shoe string budget this Father’s Day? A Pocket History of the 1916 Rising is a great gift and won’t break the bank. This bestselling pocket-sized book describes in great detail the events of the 1916 Rising and what happened in the years leading up to and after the Rising.

This book is the perfect companion for any history loving Dad wanting to brush up on his knowledge of one of the most important events in Irish history. This gift is even more fitting with Father’s Day 2016 falling on the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Available from our website and all good book stores.




The Maximalist


By Matt Cooper €18.99 Paperback


Does your Dad love books about people who lived their life to the max? He won’t be disappointed with Today FM’s “The Last Word” presenter Matt Cooper’s exhilarating biography of Tony O’Reilly, The Maximalist. A man who always wanted more, Tony O Reilly’s philosophy was “I am a maximalist, I want more of everything”.


This book shows a man who had many different sides. Some found him to be charismatic, heroic, good looking and powerful. Many others found him arrogant, overbearing and power hungry. Voted ‘Biography of the Year’ by both The Sunday Business Post and The Sunday Times, your Dad certainly won’t be bored reading this fascinating account of the rise and fall of one of the most powerful unelected Irishmen of the past few decades. Available from our website and all good book stores. Find out more about Matt Cooper.



A City in Civil War


By Padráig Yeates €27.99 Hardback

Is your father a history fan? A City in Civil War by Pádraig Yeates is the perfect gift for a Dad by who wants to know more about neglected aspects of Irish history.

This book explores civil life in Dublin 1921 -1924, after the War of Independence in July 1921. Pádraig uncovers unknown aspects of the Irish revolution in the capital and their impact on the rest of the country. This book helps the reader understand how people lived day to day during the civil unrest that followed in the years after these great historic events. Available from our website and good book stores. Find out more about the author Padraig Yeates.




The Pocket Book of the GAA


Compiled by Tony Potter €4.99

Is your Dad GAA mad? If he is, The Pocket Book of the GAA is the perfect choice this Father’s Day. Compiled by Tony Potter this pocket sized book gives a fully illustrated history of Ireland’s most celebrated sporting institution.

It features all the key events in GAA history, biographies of famous players, club and county information and the stories behind some of the GAA’s most well-known cups and trophies. Available from our website, the GAA museum in Croke Park and all good book stores. Would your Dad prefer GAA biography stories? We highly recommend The White Heat by Tomás Ó Sé and Until Victoy Always by Jim McGuiness.




Foster’s Historical Irish Oddities

By Allen Foster €10.99 Hardback


Is telling Irish yarns and strange tales to people a favourite past time of your Dads? If so, look not further than Foster’s Historical Irish Oddities. This book is a quirky collection of true Irish stories that captures the essence of the unique Irish characters that inhabit our fair island.


From the tornado that tore through Limerick in 1851, the cave that exploded in Kerry and the Dublin man who spent most of World War I in a cupboard, there is a story to entertain everyone in this book. Available from our website and all good book stores.






The Glorious Madness


By Turtle Bunbury €29.99 Hardback

Does your Dad like tales of war with a side of dark humour? Then the perfect gift for your Dad this Father’s Day is The Glorious Madness by popular historian Turtle Bunbury. This book is full to the brim with interesting stories about Irish people that served in the Great War.

Many of the stories have never been heard before. This book explores the lives generals, nuns, artists, poets, sportsmen, film directors and more during the First World War. This book captures the whole era with plenty of surprises along the way. Available from our website and all good book stores. Find out more about the author Turtle Bunbury.







The Nation’s Favourite Food


By Neven Maguire €22.99 Hardback


Is your Dad a whiz in the kitchen? Neven Maguire’s The Nation’s Favourite Food will take any aspiring chef from kitchen whiz to winner quicker than you can say chicken dinner. In this book Neven has put together his top 100 recipes. These recipes are fool proof, learning just one from each section will mean 20 trust worthy recipes under your apron in no time.


These recipes from Ireland’s most trusted chef work. As a bonus you can also reep the benefits of eating great meals by getting this gift for your Dad this Father’s Day! Available from our website and all good book stores. Find out more about the author Neven Maguire.





The Complete Field Guide to Ireland’s Birds


By Eric Dempsey and Michael O’Clery €19.99 Paperback

Is your Dad an avid bird watcher? If the answer is yes, the bestselling The Complete Field Guide to Ireland’s Birds is an oldie but a goodie. This award winning comprehensive guide has been continuously in print for almost twenty years.

The latest edition is presented in smaller print retaining all of the original features and includes changes to the bird population, species that are flourishing and new species that have been found in Ireland. This newest edition confirms Dempsey and O’Clery’s work as the outstanding guide to Irish birds, a must have for anyone who calls themselves a bird watcher! Available from our website and all good book stores. Find out more about the author Eric Dempsey.



We hope you find a book here to gift your Dad this Father’s Day, if you don’t see one on this list we have a great selection of books in our online bookshop to suit all tastes.


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