Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. 

Healthy Ireland has come about because of concerns that the current health status of people living in Ireland – including lifestyle trends and health inequalities – is leading us towards a future that is dangerously unhealthy, and very likely unaffordable.

Your local library offers a wide range of books to support you in maintaining your physical and mental health and to help you support others. Call into any of our branches or visit us online to borrow one of our many titles. Ebooks and Eaudiobooks are available to download at


We now have 96 titles in our recommended books list from the Healthy Ireland Initiative that are available to browse at your local library or reserve onilne for collection:

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 Healthy Eating Hearne, Aoife The Plan
 Healthy Eating Mee, Paula and O’Brien, Kate Your Middle Years
Healthy Eating Kelly, V., Farrell, P., Dunn T. Feed your child well:  babies, toddlers & older children
Healthy Eating Karl, Henry Healthy Living Handbook
Healthy Eating Rayman, Margaret Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia
Healthy Eating Shepherd, Dr Sue The Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook: 150 simple and delicious recipes to relieve symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease and other digestive disorders
 Healthy Eating Kelly, V. Farrell, P. Dunne T. Feed You Child Well: What science says about how to give your child healthy eating habits for life
 Healthy Eating Lean, Michael EJ, and Combet,    Emilie Barasi’s Human Nutrition: A Health Perspective
 Healthy Eating O’Rouke, Derval Food for the Fast Lane
Wellbeing & Mental Health Bates, Tony  Coming through depression
Wellbeing & Mental Health Brosan, Lee An Introduction to Coping with Depression
Wellbeing & Mental Health Brosan, Lee  An Introduction to Coping with Stress
Wellbeing & Mental Health Davis, Martha The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
Wellbeing & Mental Health Greenberger, D. and Padesky, C.A. Mind over mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think
Wellbeing & Mental Health Espie, Colm An introduction to coping with sleeping problems
Wellbeing & Mental Health Kabat-Zinn, Jon Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life
Wellbeing & Mental Health Vidyamala, Burch and Penman, Danny Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing
Wellbeing & Mental Health Murphy, Dr Eddie Becoming Your Real Self: A Practical Toolkit for Managing Life’s Challenge
Wellbeing & Mental Health Lucey, Prof Jim The Life Well Lived: Therapeutic Paths to Recovery and Wellbeing
Wellbeing & Mental Health Davis, Dr Nicola Easting Disorder Recovery Handbook: A Practical Guide to Long-term Recovery
 Wellbeing & Mental Health Eastham, Claire We’re All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety
 Wellbeing & Mental Health  Vijaya Manicavasagar, Derrick Silove  Overcoming Panic
Wellbeing & Mental Health Morris, Sue An Introduction to Coping with Grief
Wellbeing & Mental Health Samuel, Julia Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving
Wellbeing & Mental Health Meadows, Guy The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night
Wellbeing & Mental Health Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders
Alcohol Carr, Allen Easy Way to Control Alcohol
Alcohol Carr, Allen and Aisbett, Bev The Illustrated Easy Way to Stop Drinking
Alcohol Meyers, Robert Get your loved one sober: alternatives to nagging, pleading and threatening
Alcohol Spada, Marcatonio Overcoming Alcohol Misuse
 Tobacco Carr, Allen Stop Smoking with Allen Carr [with audio disc)
 Tobacco Carr, Allen Allen Carr’s easy way to stop smoking. : be a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life.
 Tobacco Doe, Allan Most natural and effective ways to quit smoking: Easy-to-do steps to end the cigarette habit forever
Physical Activity O’Dwyer, John G. Pilgrim Paths in Ireland: A Guide
Physical Activity O’Donovan, Hugh Mindful Walking: Walk Your Way to Mental and Physical Well-Being
Physical Activity Fairnbairn, Helen Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way: A Walking Guide
Physical Activity Fairnbairn, Helen Ireland’s Best Walks: A Walking Guide
Physical Activity Forte, Carlo Navigation in the Mountains: The Definitive Guide for Hill Walkers, Mountaineers & Leaders
Physical Activity Murakami, Haruki What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Physical Activity Barough, Nina Walking for Fitness: make every step count
Physical Activity Reynolds, Gretchen The First 20 Minutes: surprising science reveals how we can exercise better, train smarter, live longer
Physical Activity Pavey, Jo This Mum Runs
Physical Activity Robinsion, Dr Lynne Pilates for Life: How to Improve Strength, Flexibility and Health Over 40
Physical Activity McGrattan, Dr Juliet Sorted: The Active Woman’s Guide to Health
Physical Activity McNulty, Enda Commit! Make Your Mind and Body Stronger
Physical Activity Flanagan, David Cycling in Ireland
Physical Activity   The Complete Running and Marathon Book
Parenting Coleman, David Parenting is child’s play
Parenting Webster-Stratton, C. The Incredible Years: A trouble-shooting guide for parents of children aged 2-8 years
 Parenting O’Malley, Stella Bully-proof kids: practical tools to help your child grow up confident, resilient and strong
 Parenting Sunderland, Margot What every parent needs to know: the incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child’s development
 Parenting Sunderland, Margot Conversations That Matter: Talking with Children and Young Adultagers in Ways that Help
 Parenting Siegal, Prof Daniel Parenting from the Inside out
 Parenting Sharry, Dr John Parenting Teenagers: a guide to solving problems, building relationships and creating harmony in the family
 Parenting Sharry, Dr John Parenting When Separated
 Parenting Gilligan, Paul Raising Emotionally Healthy Children
Parenting Haymand, S. and Coleman, J. Parents and Digital Technology
Parenting Siegel, Daniel J. & Payne Bryson, Tina  No-drama discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind
Breastfeeding Newman, Jack and Pitman, Teresa Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding
 Positive Ageing Murphy, Trish The Challenge of Retirement
 Positive Ageing O’Neill, Des Ageing and Caring: A Guide for Later Life
 Positive Ageing Pachana, Nancy Ageing: A Very Short Introduction
 Positive Ageing Cameron, Julia The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
 Positive Ageing Gray, Muir Sod it! Eat Well: Healthy Eating in your 60s, 70s and Beyond
 Positive Ageing Gray, Muir Sod Sitting, Get Moving! Get Active in your 60s, 70s and Beyond
 Positive Ageing Shultz, Kenneth Retirement: The Psychology of reinvention
 GIY (Gardening)  Kelly, Michael Grow, Cook, Eat


Young Adult

Wellbeing & Mental Health Morgan, Nicola Blame my Brain
Wellbeing & Mental Health Morgan, Nicola The Teenage Guide to stress
Wellbeing & Mental Health Collins-Donnelly, Kate Banish Your Self-Esteem: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self
Wellbeing & Mental Health Anonymous Go Ask Alice
Wellbeing & Mental Health Ironside, Virginia The huge bag of worries
Wellbeing & Mental Health Dawson, Juno  Mind Your Head
Wellbeing & Mental Health Cairney, Gemma  Open
Wellbeing & Mental Health Syed, Mattew  You are awesome : find you confidence and dare to be brilliant at almost anything
Wellbeing & Mental Health Thistleton, Katie  Dear Katie
Wellbeing & Mental Health Naik, Anita  Self Esteem and Being You
Wellbeing & Mental Health Shannon, Jennifer The Anxiety Survival Guide for Young Adults
Wellbeing & Mental Health Morgan, Nicola The Teenage Guide to Life Online
Wellbeing & Mental Health Morgan, Nicola Positively Teenage: A Positive Brilliant Guide to Teenage Well-being
Wellbeing & Mental Health Law, Roslyn Defeating Teenage Depression
Puberty / Sexual Health Jessen, Dr. Christian Dr. Chrisitan’s Guide to Group Up
Puberty / Sexual Health Jessen, Dr. Christian Dr. Christian’s Guide to Dealing with Tricky Stuff
Puberty / Sexual Health Brooks, Felicity Growing Up for Girls
Puberty / Sexual Health Elkan, Sophie, Chaisty, Laura and Podichetty, Maddy The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up Great: Changing Bodies, Periods, Relationships, Life Online
Puberty / Sexual Health Potter, Molly Let’s Talk about the Birds and the Bees
Puberty / Sexual Health Winston, Robert Help your kids with growing up: a no-nonsence guide to puberty and adolescence
 LGBT Bertie, Alex Trans Mission
 LGBT Dawson, Juno This Book is Gay



 Wellbeing & Mental Health  Potter, Molly  How Are You Feeling Today?
 Wellbeing & Mental Health  Shanagher Louise & Finerty, Rose  Mindfully Me Series  (It’s Always Here; Where is Happy; and Look Who’s Here)
Physical Activity  Whooley, Katie Exercise & Play (Healthy Me Series)
Physical Activity  Cousins, Lucy Maisy Learns to Swim
Physical Activity Ignotofsky, Rachel Women in Sport
Healthy Eating Jarman, Julia Fussy Freda
Healthy Eating Smallman, Steve Eat Your Green Goldilocks

 Updated 22/11/2018


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