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Published Titles
October 2015
Hopscotch
by Hilary Fannin
July 2017
Moments of Stillness
by Sister Stanislaus Kennedy
June 2017
This Family of Things
by Alison Jameson
May 2017
Married Quarters
by Shane Connaughton
March 2017
Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby
by Donal Lenihan
February 2017
The Coroner's Daughter
by Andrew Hughes
June 2016
Hopscotch: A Memoir
by Hilary Fannin
May 2016
Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins

Front Up, Rise Up: The Official Story of Connacht Rugby
May 2017
Paperback

Front Up, Rise Up: The Official Story of Connacht Rugby
by Gerry Thornley

Front Up, Rise Up is the story of Connacht’s remarkable journey to becoming the 2016 Pro12 champions. The story goes inside the dressing-room, takes in their unscheduled, week-long, bonding trek to Siberia and back for a European Challenge Cup game, and all the key twists and turns along the way.

It brings us the characters in this Band of Brothers, from the locals such as captain John Muldoon from Portumna to their iconic fans’ favourite Bundee Aki – who like their talismanic coach Pat Lam is a Kiwi from Auckland of Samoan descent – and their Nigerian-born and Dublin-raised match-winner Niyi Adeolokun.

The story takes in the province’s troubled professional history, which had them on the brink of extinction as a professional entity in 2003 and led to Connacht and their supporters marching to the IRFU offices in a successful bid to keep them afloat.

It covers their dethroning of the champions Glasgow in the Sportsground in Galway and their stunning performance in the final against Leinster in Edinburgh. In more than two decades of professional rugby, there has been no story quite like it.
Reviews

A great story, brilliantly told.
Matt Cooper (The Last Word, Today FM)

A great, insightful read.
 (Rugby World)

A hell of a yarn, told with precision and élan.
Malachy Clerkin (Books of the Year, Irish Times)

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