Book Launch | Customs House to Howth Head by Dennis McIntyre

Book Launch | Customs House to Howth Head by Dennis McIntyre

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Customs House to Howth Head

– A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area by Dennis McIntyre –

A newly published historical account of Dublin’s North Bay area will be formally launched on Wednesday, 1 February at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, starting at 8pm.

Customs House to Howth Head: A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area is author, Dennis McIntyre’s latest contribution to Irish, local, social and cultural history. The trek – from the stately Customs House in the city centre to the wild and charming Howth Head – is documented in all its facets, angles and aspects. Exhaustively researched, the book comes across as both informative and entertaining, in addition to being copiously illustrated with a well-chosen selection of images.

Dennis McIntyre is the previously published author of Meadow of the Bull: A History of Clontarf (1987) and has also written about other aspects of Irish history, such as in Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula (2013) and Irish Nationalism, Irish Republicanism and the 1916 Easter Rising (2016).

This is not just a local history but rather, a series of local histories, covering Dublin’s Customs House and Docklands areas, North Strand, Summerhill, Ballybough, Fairview, Marino, Donnycarney, Clontarf, Killester, Raheny, Kilbarrack, Bayside, Donaghmede, Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth. It has everything that local history should have – and that bit extra.

Customs House to Howth Head: A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area is published by Shara Press. It is available to buy online (RRP €19.99). It will also be on sale on the day of the launch at Clontarf Castle Hotel on 1 February, where the author will be on hand to sign copies. Joe Harrington of Sunshine Radio will provide the keynote address while Ciaran Murphy, of Near FM radio, will perform the introductions.

Dennis McIntyre is an author, historian, tour guide, broadcaster and former teacher. Originally from Sligo, he has lived on the northside of Dublin for a number of years and he has established a reputation as a local historian. In addition to his writing, Dennis McIntyre also serves as founder and director of Dublin North Bay Tourism and the Stoker Dracula Gothic Organisation. Previously published works are also available to buy online – see below.

Only When I'm Dancing Can I Feel This Free by Wayne Power

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Only When I'm Dancing Can I Feel This Free by Wayne Power

Wayne Power’s third collection of poetry is, arguably, his strongest to date, which is saying something because his previous publications – Everyone’s a Star after Midnight from 2020 and Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob (2022) – were no mean feats and did not come up short, well received by audiences and critics alike.

Much of the familiar terrain is covered but new treasures are unearthed, on paths that might appear to be well trod, as fresh light is shone on our daily lives, our comings and our goings, where we all are at this stage in the 21st century.

“I hope people find whatever they need to find in these poems. They come from a rebel heart. A neon heart. They are the hopes, fears, unrequited feelings, the human condition, the love unspoken and said, the friendships, the kinship, the eternal family, the great beyond. They are lesson learnt. Turn your lessons into your legacy.” – Wayne Power

Wayne Power is a writer who “speaks for and to a lot of his generation” in the words of playwright, Jim Nolan.

Only When I'm Dancing Can I Feel This Free by Wayne Power
Poetry, modern, contemporary
160 printed pages including illustrations and colour photography. Hardcover.
First published in Ireland, in 2023, under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-911442-45-5

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Reviews for this Book

Only When I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free is Wayne Power’s third poetry collection. … This new collection, once again, showcases his endless gift to wield words that will make you laugh, cry and think. All wrapped up in a singular, powerful and unique voice, that celebrates and laments modern Ireland, modern romance, in a comedic, thought provoking, gritty and edgy style. With an unmistakable grá for his home town of Waterford. We are delighted to launch this collection with him. – Waterford Writers Weekend
This poetry collection encapsulates the joy and freedom that the author has found in poetry and spoken word. With a nod to the Queen of Pop whose lyrics inspired the title of the book, the collection shows the power of poetry and how it can change lives. – GCN magazine
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