The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa – meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 5th September in the library

This biographical novel on the life of Roger Casement is our book for the Summer.  We chose it to compliment an upcoming talk in the Coach House. Angus Mitchell, an expert historian on Casement,  will speak at our local History and Heritage event on 14th September this year,

‘O! Woman of the Endless Labours’: Roger Casement’s letters to Alice Stopford Green (1904-1916). Talk by Angus Mitchell.

“Mario Vargas Llosa’s semi-fictionalised account of Casement’s life portrays a heroic, if ultimately tragic champion of oppressed peoples…Absorbing.” Sunday Telegraph.



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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler -Meet in The Coach House at 5pm on 6th June

Note the change of venue for our last meeting before the Summer break.

“it was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and- green afternoon……”

See you all there

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Next meeting 2nd May at 5pm to discuss Maeve Brennan, wit, style and tragedy : An Irish writer in New York by Angela Bourke

“This fine biography completes the rehabilitation of Maeve Brennan, who can now take her rightful place among the very best Irish short story writers” Irish Examiner


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Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 4th April

Fifty year old Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of cognitive psychology, is at the top of her game. Her kids are grown, her marriage secure, her career on fire, when -after mere months of forgetfulness- she finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of early onset Alzheimers’s disease. Without memory or hope, she is forced to live in the moment, which is in turns beautiful, terrifying, and maddening.

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All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan – meeting on 7th March at 5pm

We have one of our favourite authors this month. Donal Ryan has some serious fans in this group. Lets see how his latest novel measures up!

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The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

This book has been in the bestsellers for so long now. Let’s find out why.
“A complex and increasingly chilling tale….will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers” Irish Times
Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 7th February

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Author Visit on 3rd January

Nuala O’Connor will be here on 3rd January at 5pm to discuss her very successful novel, Miss Emily. Nuala is well known Palmerstown, having grown up in Mill Lane, and as a daughter of local historian, Hugh o’Connor . We look forward to welcoming her as our first author of 2017

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The painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 6th December.

In 1925, this book was published to storm of protest. It is a classic story of a woman’s spiritual awakening.
“Reveals many of Maugham’s strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftmanship and raw emotion” Daily Mail

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November meeting on 1st November at 5pm – The Green road by Anne Enright

Anne Enright is one of the writers speaking on Readers day on 15th October so we chose her latest book for this month. “This is storytelling, with the blood-pulse of lived gossip…..The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans” New yorker

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October meeting – Rebel sisters by Marita Conlon McKenna

Marita Conlon McKenna, famous for her famine trilogy for children, will be one of the guest authors at The red Line Book festival Readers day in Tallaght this year. We are reading her latest book, Rebel Sisters, which is based on the Gifford sisters and their tragic experiences in 1916 Ireland.
” Beautiful and moving…..historically true and fictionally vivid” Sunday Times. See you on Tuesday 4th October at 5pm

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