Irish Legends: Newgrange, Tara & the Boyne Valley by Eithne Massey

Irish Legends: Newgrange, Tara & the Boyne Valley

Written by Eithne Massey
Illustrated by Lisa Jackson


Irish Legends: Newgrange, Tara & the Boyne Valley by Eithne Massey

Stories inspired by the Boyne Valley from long, long ago, part of an ancient oral tradition, handed down from generation to generation and written down by the Christian monks of medieval Ireland. Stories include: The Origin of the Boyne The Foster-child of Aonghus Aonghus and the Swan Maiden The Adventures of Art The Magic Branch The Hag of Loughcrew Fionn fights a Monster The Salmon of Knowledge.


the best part? Each story teaches you how to pronounce Irish words or names that feature so you know what you're saying is actually right! -- Ireland is a land rich in myth and magic so any book of Irish legends is calling on fertile sources. These are stories inspired by the Boyne Valley from long, long ago ... here retold in an accessible and easy to read format for young readers ... Beautifully illustrated, this is a good collection of stories which are perfect to read aloud -- magical -- Woman's Way full of movement. Ideal stories to read aloud to accompany a visit to the area or a school project -- CBI Recommended Reads 2016 will be enjoyed by children as young as three and as old as 10 years of age and the parents reading them to their children will also get pleasure from them ... beautifully produced with large font, double spacing and colourful, age appropriate illustrations by Lisa Jackson. In the classroom a visualiser could be used to project the book onto the whiteboard ... I would use this book with first, second and third classes ... would make a lovely present -- Marie Campion, InTouch Magazine Of the seven Celtic nations, Ireland is the richest in legend and lore. After centuries of storytelling, mythology remains at the core of Irish culture today. Thanks to author Eithne Massey and illustrator Lisa Jackson, eight of those magical tales - originally put to pen by medieval Christian monks - will be preserved and passed along to another generation. As the Japanese discovered with anime, vibrant colours and text engage, entertain and educate young readers better than any other medium. Here, imaginations will ignite with stirring stories of The Origin of the Boyne, Aonghus and the Swan Maiden, The Hag of Loughcrew and more. Recommended for youngsters aged 7 and up, this is a fantastic way to introduce children of all ages to classic Celtic culture * Celtic Life International * beautifully illustrated * Irish Examiner * beautiful stories ... a book for keeps -- Irish Examiner crisply written and presented ... superbly supported by Lisa Jackson's brightly coloured illustrations ... a fine introduction to Irish mythology and ancient places -- Archaeology Ireland

About the Author

Eithne Massey has written many books for both adults and children, mainly based on the legends of Ireland. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. All blend together historical detail with myths, legends and folklore, resulting in stories which will appeal to young readers who enjoy an adventure with well-rounded characters and a touch of magic and history (

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64 pages
Interest Age: From 7 years


Eithne Massey
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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

14th March 2016



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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.

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