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November 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the final Three Rock Books newsletter of 2023.

I really want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year, running a small business isn’t easy and I really appreciate everyone’s support and custom. A special thanks to those who have spread the word amongst their friends of family, something which makes a huge difference.

Christmas is around the corner and it seems some people have started their shopping already so by way of thanks I have included a 20% coupon code at the bottom of the page, it’s valid from now until the end of the year.


Designed, produced, printed* and published in Ireland

I know that many of you value the fact that my products are produced and published in Ireland. My books and some posters are printed down in Castleisland in Kerry and some posters are printed just down the road from me in Dun Laoghaire. I should also point out that the folding map and A0 posters are printed in the UK, as there is no specialist map printers in Ireland that can do the job.

Also bear in mind that I’m the publisher, designer, printer, photographer and cartographer. The whole process happens here in Blackrock, the money is staying in Ireland.

The History Map of Ireland

The idea for a history/heritage map has been in my mind for a few years so it was great to finally get it done. The poster will be A0 like the Adventure Map of Ireland. It’s packed with detail, well over a thousand points of interest, divided into 3 groups: early, mid and late.

It’s currently at the printer, in the UK, I couldn’t find a printer who could do the quantity I wanted in Ireland, and should be with me early next week.

The price will be €30 including free shipping to the island of Ireland, great value I think.


In late October I went on a bouldering trip to Albarracin in Spain. For the last dozen years or so a group of us have gone to Fontainebleau near Paris. Last year we decided on a change and went to Switzerland, unfortunately we got rained out of it so this year we decided on Spain.

I hadn’t been climbing much recently but in the 6 weeks before the trip I got out to Glendalough a good few times and eventually got back a bit of feel for bouldering. Still weak and old though.

The trip was amazing, the bouldering itself is excellent and a real contrast to Font. The style is more straightforward, but still technical and the rock is very rough with little in the way of polish. The areas are all pretty close together and the picturesque village is only a short drive from the boulders. Recommended! We have already booked for next year.

Canal Map

After getting the new edition of Cycling in Ireland published I wanted a change of project so spend about two weeks on a map of the Grand and Royal Canals. The idea was to depict the routes in an abstract linear style. It’s is to scale and as you can see from the images above and below there is plenty of detail. 

I think the idea will work well but I’m not sure what it’s final form should be? Maybe a folding leaflet?

Thanks for Reading

If you have any thoughts, suggestions or feedback then don’t hesitate to get in touch, I would love to hear from you.