The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends by Una Leavy


The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends by Una Leavy

Irish fairy tales and legends are full of enchantment, brave deeds and lost loves. Told from generation to generation, they are as fascinating now as they were to their original listeners. This wonderfully rich and varied collection are ten of the best-loved traditional Irish stories, retold by author and poet Una Leavy. The post of Gold captures the trickery and mischief of leprechauns; the story of Oisin in Tir na n-Og marks the end of the great Fianna. From 2000 years ago comes The Children of Lir ...all stories to be treasured for years to come. Susan Field's beautiful illustrations are inspired by ancient Celtic art and culture. They capture the wealth of tradition, the humour and the magic of these great stories. Now available in paperback.


The tales are beautifully told, in a way that's a pleasure to read aloud ... the illustrations are stunning - gorgeous and lush. It's the sort of book that should work equally well for an independent reader or as a read-aloud book for younger children ... a lovely book to have in the house, and would definitely be a great present for friends and relations overseas who might like a little Irish lore on their bookshelves -- a gorgeous collection -- beautiful illustrations -- I urge you to and buy this book! -- a great book to share with younger children ... illustrations are strong and bold -- Mad About Books 'Leavy and Field have combined to produce what must be the most stylish and accessible collection of recent times.

'Every page of the beautiful book glows.'

'Leavy manages to capture the ancient and bewitching qualities of these legends ... A grand book for learning the ancient myths and keeping the stories fo the Celts alive down through the generations.'

'Leavy spins her tales witht he cadence and rhythms of an accomplished storyteller.'

'Lovely to look at and exciting to read, this collection is a memorable addition to the folklore shelves.'

'the illustrations are beautiful and perfectly reflect the magic and mystery of the stories' 'stories are just the right length for a cosy bedtime read

's Way 'The Irish are wonderful storytellers and here some of the best traditional tales and legends have been collected. Lyrically retold, ten ancient stories are brought to today's young readers in a fresh and lively form' 'These stories must not be lost, and -- 'magical collection perfect for a spot of escapism'

'perfect for use in school, at home ... reading aloud ... reading alone'

'a wonderful collection, with language that evokes the best of Irish storytelling, superbly enhanced by Fields'


Books Ireland

Books Ireland

About the Author

Una Leavy has written many books for children. She works as a primary school teacher in County Mayo. Una Leavy was born in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She has been writing since early childhood. A primary school teacher by profession, she is married to Lorcan and they have six children. Her writing includes poetry, articles and short stories which have been published in various magazines and periodicals. Much of her work has been for children and to date she has published seven books with the O'Brien Press.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


96 pages


Una Leavy
More books by Una Leavy


Publication date

27th February 2012



Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

Publisher's Website

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.

Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Lovereading 4 schools