Women named Aisling have gathered in Dublin for a book launch with a difference.

The 'Aislings' were at the head of the queue at Eason on Dublin's O’Connell Street for the nationwide release of "Once, Twice Three Times an Aisling", the third instalment of Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen’s bestselling series chronicling the much-loved Aisling character.

Publisher Gill Books gave away free copies of the book, as well as other Aisling merchandise, to the first 50 people named Aisling (all spelling variations of the name were welcome!) who came to the store earlier today.

The first two books in the Aisling series (Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling and The Importance of Being Aisling) have sold over 254,000 copies to date, making them the bestselling Irish-published fiction titles of the 21st century.

Emer and Sarah said: "We’re excited and nervous to see how people respond to book three. Word from advance readers has been positive and we are already working on book four.

"We hope everyone enjoys Aisling’s continuing adventures in adulthood as much as we do!"