Kids Rules – OK

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Franass and the Princess

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Franass and the Princess is a modest and tall story, orginally told by the author Marius Mulligan, to his young daughter.
Two evil men try to acquire the secret receipe for a best-selling delectable jam. They kidnap a beloved donkey from the lady who holds the receipe, and warn her to hand over her secret if she wants to see her donkey alive again. 
An eight year old girl is there to record the events when some of her eccentric but affectionate neighbours contrive to defeat the evil men. 
Franass and the Princess will introduce you to a little-known world, and to some of the bizarre characters who live in it. Sometimes, what is essential is invisible to the eye. 
Delightfully illustrated in colour by Rita Pimenta, hopefully this book will conjure the imagination of both the reader and listener. 

An Invitation to be where Love is : A Journey in faith in the company of St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

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A book by Fr. Patrick Delargy.

“At a time when there is much talk about cultural Catholicism this book gives an insight into how our lives can be transformed when we see faith and life flowing as one, impacting, shaping and challenging each other. ‘To be where Love is’– that is the key.”

– Bairbre Cahill

Counselling The Abused : A Study of Trauma

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A Wider Circle publication.

Rich in meaning, answers and solutions this manual is a must read for survivors of sexual abuse.

Originally written as a work to assist counsellors in their efforts to bring healing to victims of abuse, its gentle and easily understood prose it has become preferred reading for victims themselves.

As you dip back and forth through this book you will gain greater insight as the myths explode and bring greater impetus to your healing journey.

Feel the power of resolution and regain control over your life.

If you are a survivor this book is for you. If you are a counsellor this book will help you to help victims of sexual abuse.

St. Matthew’s Church : A Day In June, A Place In History

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A Story of Pogroms and Conflict – Fifty years apart.

The Poor Clares in Belfast (1924-2012)

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In 1924, a small group of five nuns from the Order of the Poor Clares accepted the challenge to move to a deeply wounded Belfast, a city in need of healing following the deaths of almost 500 people during two years of civil strife. The Poor Clares soon established their contemplative way of life, and for the next 88 years prayed day and night for the people of Belfast. This book follows the community through their time in the city right up until their last day, including how they lived through the Belfast Blitz. Letters written by nuns within a few days of the air raids are published for the first time and add to the record of eye witness accounts of the Blitz.

Despite being enclosed and ‘away from the world’ for over eight decades the Poor Clares managed to win the hearts and minds of many people in North Belfast, the wider city and beyond. They were especially respected for their prayerful support of families during the Troubles. In their latter years, the nuns made a valiant attempt to survive in a world of declining religious vocations, but finally closed their monastery in 2012 to a wave of sympathy and sadness. Using the nuns’ community journals, alongside over 100 photos and illustrations, Fr Martin J Magill creates a touching tribute to the Poor Clares in Belfast.

Finding Arthur

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Journalist Arthur Williams was instrumental in bringing to justice the men responsible for a bombing atrocity that killed 23 civilians. Released early due to the Good Friday Agreement, the bombers set out to uncover the identity of the informant and enact their bloody revenge…

Meanwhile, a man is violently abducted on his way to work in Belfast. When the case is handed to DI Quinn, a man with a short fuse, SAS-trained Sergeant Gillian Rice is assigned to keep an eye on him.

A witty, sharp and engaging debut thriller which weaves through the County Down countryside in a compelling story of vengeance.

The Man with the Camino Tattoo

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“The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James, is a network of pilgrim routes leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain, where the remains of the saint are believed to be buried. Over the centuries, many hundreds of thousands have followed its various routes as a form of religious or spiritual devotion. The path to Santiago is also known as the Way of the Sword. It’s reputed to be the path where you fight your demons and find your strength.

In 2016, Dermot decided to undertake a gruelling 1,000 kilometre pilgrimage along the challenging Camino del Norte in memory of his wife Jacqui, who had been cruelly taken from him fifteen months earlier by ovarian cancer. As he carries his rucksack and great sense of loss with him along the centuries old route, he dearly hopes to achieve some sort of peace – perhaps even find a place of sanctuary. And as the land he passes through gradually reveals many of its wondrous myths and legends associated with St James, he begins to believe that miraculous events are perhaps not only confined to the past.

Through the tremendous camaraderie he experiences on his Camino, and particularly through his encounters with the enigmatic Jane, he gains a much better understanding of himself and his loss, which ultimately results in a surprising and life enhancing revelation. Told with great honesty and passion, this is a story that reaches into the very heart of the reader and demonstrates that, even when life can seem utterly hopeless, the human spirit is a powerful force that can rescue even the most vulnerable of souls.”

Cardinal Cahal B. Daly Centenary Memorial Lecture Programme

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Cahal B. Daly: Reflections on the practice of dialogue

This lecture programme accompanies a lecture that took place at Queen’s University Belfast this year.

 

Molly Mop and the Little Wizard

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A Wider Circle Publication that deals with trauma and highly personalised experiences of childhood abuse.

Jimmy and the Island of Magic

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“Jimmy and the Island of Magic” is a Wider Circle publication that centres on dealing with trauma.

“Jimmy and the Island of Magic is so sensitively  and subtly written. It appeals both as an ordinary story, and as a means of communicating to the young people that they can feel safe again. The care and gentleness of the text, through the use of metaphors, is used to help young people deal with sensitive issues, which are so magically and safely brought to life by the beautiful images.”

Dr. Francesca Doherty, BSC PHD. Assistant Clinical Psychologist

The Sky Before the Storm

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An excellent book about dealing with trauma. Used by many therapists and academics.

The Blossom or the Bole

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Despite coming from different religious backgrounds 16-year-olds Paul and William have enjoyed a deep bond of friendship through their formative years in rural Tyrone. Caught up in the turbulent years of the Home Rule Bill for Ireland and the outbreak of the First World War the boys secretly decide to join the army. As the repercussions of this decision on two families unfold, the boys find their friendship facing the ultimate test.

Tadhg and the Pockel

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Tadhg has had hangovers before but this one! Waking up outside? In the Glens of Antrim? In the priest’s garden? He’s really outdone himself. The priest won’t forget this visit anytime soon.

What’s taking them to Baltimore? What is a Pockel anyway? Why is Tadhg’s dead mum writing him letters?

Strap yourself in, tune up your fiddle and join Tadhg and the lads as they head south on the trad road trip of a lifetime. The engine’s running…

Available May 2017

The Edge : Walking the Ulster Way with my Angels & Demons

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When Dermot lost his wife to cancer, he was devastated. However, he determined to undertake a 1,000km pilgrimage in her memory to raise funds for cancer research. What followed was a physically and emotionally challenging journey as Dermot struggled to overcome episodes of injury, exhaustion, anguish and grief. This is an inspirational and searingly honest account of his ‘unlikely’ pilgrimage as he treks through isolated wilderness and stunning landscapes alike, with his dark demons and guiding angels never far from his side.

The Mountains of Iron : A History of the Iron Mining Industry in Mid-Antrim

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This book, by Kevin J. O’Hagan tells how iron ore mining began in Co. Antrim 150 years ago, how the mines were worked and how small farmers became skilled miners, toiling in cramped conditions beneath the Antrim hills. The industry gave birth to the Irish Narrow Gauge railway system.

The mines transformed the bleak hills of the Antrim Plateau into a hive of industry. Today the red spoil heaps, disused railway cuttings and the Drum Brae are reminders of a once thriving industry – a story that had to be told.

Author Kevin J O’Hagan is a retired civil servant who was born in the heart of the mining area. His father and grandfather were iron ore miners. Educated St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower and St Joseph’s Training College, Trench House, he took up caving in 1970 and was part of Irish Speleological Expedition to the French Alps in 1975. From that experience he became interested in mines in Mid-Antrim and has been researching their history and recording and exploring them since. He is a former chairperson Glens of Antrim Historical Society, a founding member of Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland (1996) and Glenravel Historical Society (2010). Kevin has also given talks about the mines to many groups, societies and universities and contributed articles to various history-based journals.

Life Happens

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This is a collection of stories from the lives of ordinary people, adeptly told here by the author. Through these tales Janette McKendry captures the essence of a community and the trials and tribulations faced by people as they undertake life’s journey.

Space For Grace

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For over one hundred years the Catholic Chaplaincy has provided an

enriching presence for student, staff and visitors of Queen’s

University Belfast.

I invite you to listen to some of their stories, to walk these hallowed

halls and hope you can find your own Space for Grace…

 

“This book of memories of other times, read today perhaps with

certain nostalgia, will provoke thought on how to continue

shaping university chaplaincy ministry in the present epoch.”

Bishop Noel Treanor

The Ability to Think

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If your life is not how you wish! If you are not living the life you dreamed yet know things could be better, this book is for you.

By tapping into some great minds, and adding a touch of humour, author Daniel Mulholland will help you to recognise how your thinking has shaped your journey in life.

Then he’ll equip you with some new skills to improve your thinking and put you on the road to fulfilment in life.

Rainbow Over The Black Mountain

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Growing up in the shadow of Black Mountain, Joe McGuinness could never have dreamt of the journey life had planned for him. From Belfast to Liverpool, then London and Mayo; from schoolboy growing up during the Troubles to an artist wooing discerning Italians, it has been an extraordinary experience.

This is Joe’s story told in his own words.

Surfing Life’s Waves

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Surfing Life’s Waves takes the reader on a journey through the ocean that life can be, with its highs and lows. Written simply, using the author’s daily experience, this book is for anyone who is curious about life and the purpose to our existence.  

The author Jim Deeds is a husband and a father from Belfast. During his 44 years, Jim has also worked as a busker; a film maker; a play write; a bar man; a glass washer; a social worker; a therapist; a manager of a children’s home; and an NHS manager. It is this variety in life experience and his observations that Jim brings to bear in his writing, always looking for the spiritual amongst the ordinary day to day. He enjoys playing music now as a hobby and writing as a healthy every day addiction he hopes never to kick. 

Spiritual Reflections

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A everyday journey by Rosaleen McGuinness.

The Green Bridge

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A story from Ireland that deals with the rotten underbelly and officlal corruption in that benighted corner of the globe.

Valley of the Braid

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A historical journey through the valley of the Braid in County Antrim, Northern Ireland with artic;es on people, villages, houses, services etc. Profusely illustrated.