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9 Irish books that would make excellent Christmas presents

You can’t go wrong with a good book.

IT’S THAT TIME of year again… If you’ve nothing got or you’re stuck for gift ideas, maybe these will inspire you.

1. Foclóiropedia by Fatti and John Burke

9780717175543 Source: Easons

If you have some small ones to buy for, consider this beautifully illustrated book full of Irish words and phrases. (We even managed to learn something from it.)

2. Motherfoclóir by Darach Ó Séaghdha

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And here’s something for the adults! In this book, Darach Ó Séaghdha expands on his hugely popular The Irish For Twitter account, with lots of irreverent observations on the Irish language.

3. Newsageddon by Colm Wikinson

9780717179503 Source: Books

This annual collects all the funniest Waterford Whispers stories of the year – perfect for that person in your life who is forever sharing WWN articles on Facebook.

4. I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

97817847414712 Source: Easons

Last year, Ruth Fitzmaurice’s hugely moving piece about living with her late husband’s motor neurone disease was published in The Irish Times. Her memoir, which details the solace she found by swimming in the sea, will resonate with many.

5. Atlas of the Irish Revolution

9781782051176-2 Source: Cork University Press

This tome draws together huge breadths of research about the Irish revolution, including information about specific provinces and even parishes. Catnip for history buffs.

6. Francis Brennan’s Book of Household Management

97807171755293_full Source: Gill Books

You definitely know someone who is completely charmed by Francis Brennan. Give them the gift of his wisdom for Christmas.

7. The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly

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This adorable book follows a pigeon as he tries to reunite Michael D Higgins with his lost glasses. Is there a cuter gift for kiddies this Christmas? We think not.

8. Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas

9780717179107_full Source: Gill Books

Hello mams, grans, aunties, and foodies in general. Neven is here for you.

9. Shay: Any Given Saturday by Shay Given

9781910335796 Source: Easons

The goalie charts his life and career, with appearances from all sorts of big football names.

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