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Davitt by Bernard O'Hara


This book is a concise illustrated biography of one of the most-loved and respected personalities in Irish history, written in the context of his time. Immortalised as "The Father of the Land League", Michael Davitt (1846-1906)was also a respected international journalist, an author, a supporter of Home Rule, an MP, and a pioneer of the labour movement in Britain and Ireland.

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The Famine in Mayo: a portrait from contemporary sources 1845-1850 compiled and edited by Ivor Hamrock


The Great Famine of 1845-1849 was the most tragic episode of Irish history. Mayo was one of the counties that suffered most, losing one third of its population through death and emigration. This book provides a comprehensive picture of life in famine times covering topics such as diet, evictions, emigration, workhouses and relief measures.

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Present Tense Words & Pictures: poems and photographs from County Mayo edited by Macdara Woods and Jim Vaughan


This publication conveys a wonderful sense of Mayo in the 21st Century. The book is the result of an open submission process which encouraged new voices and new images. The aim of the anthology is to showcase poetry and photography from the county.
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The Story of Mayo by Rosa Meehan


The Story of Mayo celebrates Mayo in all its aspects, its landscape, archaeology, history and its people. Conceived at the dawn of the new millennium by Mayo County Library, the book is a stunning visual record of life in Mayo from earliest times to the present day.
Reprint now available. Limited copies only

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A Mayo Moment: Snow Scenes from County Mayo by Various


A MAYO MOMENT: SNOW SCENES FROM COUNTY MAYO was the result of a photography competition, which the library ran to record the "big snow" of Christmas 2000. A beautifully produced coffee-table book, it features photos of every aspect of life in Mayo at the turn of the last century. The pictures cover all areas of the county and include town and country life as well as heritage, scenic areas and landscape.
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Shooting from the Lip: short stories from Mayo's new young writers Compiled and Edited by Ré Ó Laighléis


Shooting from the Lip is an inspiring, creative collection of stories from Mayo's new young writers, which was published by Mayo Co. Library in 2001. The book is the result of a series of writing workshops ran in Mayo by the writer Ré O Laighléis.
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Mayo Libraries: memories, tales & anecdotes by Mary Gavin


The book is a social history of Mayo library staff and public alike, telling the behind the scenes stories, memories, romance, retirement celebrations and many amusing anecdotes including

  • Weird things done by the public
  • Even weirder things done by staff
  • How someone got cured of chronic tonsillitis
  • Strange things found in books

 

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Mayo's Wild Things and Places by Deirdre Cunningham and Aisling Wheeler


Mayo’s Wild Things and Places is a beautifully illustrated book describing a wide variety of habitats throughout the county, ranging from our vast expanses of peatlands to the unlikely habitats found in our towns and villages. There is no other county in Ireland that can rival Mayo for its natural beauty and for the wealth and diversity of wildlife habitats found here.