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This enchanting collection of favourite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art of Niamh Sharkey, making this a book that will transport readers to another world for many happy hours.
Published by Barefoot Books.
‘This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue… Sharkey’s palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous.’ The Sunday Times
‘Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle’s Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose – rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey’s richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.’ Junior Education