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Orpen Press | Blog

A Fresh Voice in Irish Non-Fiction

  • Stammer: Regaining My Speech and My Life


    The directors of Orpen Press invite you to celebrate the publication of



    by Darren Benham

    Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Scoil uí Chonaill GAA Club, 95 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3


    Gráinne Killeen –

    Refreshments will be served & Free parking is available at the venue



    Barbara Duff, author of Rekindle the Spark

    Ever wish that you could wave a magic wand over your marriage?

    This Christmas, you can do just that, by giving your partner the gift of a lifetime – Rekindle the Spark - ten steps to revitalise your relationship. This little gem contains ten simple steps to help you and your partner grow closer together. It just requires a commitment from you to give your relationship the attention it deserves.

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  • Rekindle the Spark book launch

    Rekindle the Spark was launched in Dubray Books Blackrock, on Wednesday November 8th.

    The event saw many of Barbara's family, friends and colleagues, who came to celebrate the publication and support the inspiring author. Barbara spoke about how her book came about and outlined the purpose of her ten steps to a revitalised relationship.

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  • 648 Billion Sunrises: A geological Miscellany of Ireland review by George Sevastopulo


    * Please note, this review (by George Sevastopulo) was sourced from The Irish Naturalists' Journal.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this eclectic collection of essays that are focused on the rocks, minerals, fossils and geologists of Ireland. Patrick Roycroft’s book would make a splendid Christmas present for someone with a general interest in the Natural History of Ireland. Continue reading

  • Decoding the Statues and Sculptures of Dublin by Neal Doherty

    Having lived in Dublin for more than 50 years, I felt that I knew the city well; that was until I retired from my first career and started to work as a Dublin tourist guide. It was then that I discovered how little I actually knew: the origin of street names, the history of buildings and the stories behind the sculptures and statues of the city. Continue reading

  • Launch of 'The Real Mum's Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood'

    The Real Mum’s Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood by Jen Hogan

    The Real Mum’s Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood by Jen Hogan, author and mother of seven, was officially launched in Hodges Figgis last week. Many of Jen’s family, friends and followers came to celebrate the publication of her first book.

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  • Specific Learning Difficulties by Rita Treacy (Dyslexia Unravelled: An Irish Guide to a Global Problem)

    Recently, in my private practice, I had the huge privilege of meeting and assessing one of the most inspirational and resilient people that I have ever met. Paul is a man in his forties and it was the first time that he had been formally assessed for literacy—reading and spelling—difficulties. As it turned out, he had been dealing with the negative impact arising from having literacy difficulties all his life.

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  • A review of 648 Billion Sunrises: A Geological Miscellany of Ireland

    Kavanagh, Emmanuel. Proceedings of the Open University Geological Society. Volume 3, 2017.

    Some readers of this review will have met Dr Patrick Roycroft at the OUGS Ireland Branch visit to the UCD Mineral Collection in November 2016. For those who are less familiar with Patrick, he is a geologist with a PhD from University College Dublin and is currently working on a project to curate and research the aforementioned UCD Mineral Collection with the help of the National Museum of Ireland. Continue reading

  • Care of Leadership: A practice for developing leadership effectiveness

    I am a human development consultant working with individuals, teams and organisations to realise their dreams and goals. My training programmes and coaching act as catalysts in awakening people’s potential and moving them forward in the direction of their growth. Before setting up my consultancy in 2001 I held quality managerial roles in the pharmaceutical, medical device and allied sectors for 20 years.

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  • Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Media: Five Easy Steps

    Working as a psychotherapist for many years has resulted in my keen awareness for the tsunami of serious incidents that are occurring for young people on social media. Not only do these incidents cause devastation and distress for the young people involved but it is devastating too, for their families, as the consequences can be shocking and dangerous. Continue reading

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