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You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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Playing with Skulls - Reissue

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ISBN/EAN: 9781999603564
Written by best-selling author of books on Irish local history, this fascinating latest book is set in the Dublin suburb of Harold’s Cross. It is a gripping story of growing up in an iconic city as seen through the eyes of a young teenager.
Publisher: Old Dublin Press
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Liberties in Pictures

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ISBN/EAN: 9781782188285
Publisher: Columba Press
Pub. Date: September 30 2017
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Paperback
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LIBERTIES - A HISTORY

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845887711
This `Liberty' expanded and took in the part of Dublin which today is known as the Liberties, one of Dublin's oldest and most interesting parts of the capital, occupying a unique place in Ireland's social and cultural history.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: February 19 2013
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Rathmines In Old Photographs

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845887049
Rathmines
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: July 1 2011
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
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Portobello In Old Photographs

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845887377
Portobello lies on the bank of the Grand Canal, stretching from South Richmond Street to Clanbrassil Street and the South Circular Road and including some of the adjacent roads and streets. It includes some of the great names of Irish letters, including George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and Brendan Behan;
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: March 30 2012
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Temple Bar: A History

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845888961
For as long as we have records, Temple Bar has been at the heart of Dublin's cultural life. The world's favourite oratorio and chorus - `Hallelujah' from Handel's Messiah - had its world premiere in Temple Bar in 1742 in Neals' Musick Hall, and a tradition of great musical vibrancy has continued there over time.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: July 31 2016
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Rathgar: A History

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845888862
Rathgar may well be the most fascinating area of Dublin. Rathgar's residents have also proved to be some of the most influential in Irish political, social and cultural life, with at least four Nobel Prizewinners boasting strong ties with the area.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: December 28 2015
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Paperback
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Dublin Be Damned!: Discovering a Heroic City. Surviving a Hidden City

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ISBN/EAN: 9781999603502
The fascinating history of Dublin, interwoven with the story of a fictional family in the city
Publisher: OLD DUBLIN PRESS
Pub. Date: July 2 2018
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Rathfarnham In Old Photographs

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845888251
Over the years it has witnessed some of the pivotal events in Irish history and has been home to some of the most important people in Irish social, religious, political and economic history, people who have left us a lasting legacy in the areas of culture, sport, music, art and literature, including W.B.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: November 26 2013
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
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Glasnevin in Old Photographs

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ISBN/EAN: 9781845888503
Glasnevin is one of the most fascinating and historic area in all of Dublin. Alongside being a showcase of Ireland's historic past, it is also a beautiful and historic area in its own right, and in this illustrated history, Maurice Curtis has created a vibrant and valuable record for all those with an interest in its life and times.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Pub. Date: July 29 2014
Author: CURTIS, MAURICE
Format: Trade PB
Stock: 0
Price: €16.99