Eddie Lenihan Eddie Lenihan's Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic


Illustrated by Alan Clarke

Code 9781781174173

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A compilation of stories for children of all ages. From the story of Fionn McCumhaill's bunions, to the Fianna's concern over their rotting teeth, these stories tell of the adventures and bravery of the ancient Irish heroes in the face of scary and spooky challenges.

The quirky story-telling of Eddie Lenihan and the charming illustrations by Alan Clarke complement each other perfectly

Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic is a collection of marvellous stories by seanchaí Eddie Lenihan that will charm, entertain and amuse children of all ages. These tales of ancient Irish heroes and druids tell of strange and peculiar adventures at a time when creatures of the night walked the earth and magic was everywhere. Stunningly illustrated, these hair-raising stories capture some of that magic.

Stunningly illustrated, these hair-raising stories capture some of that magic.

About the Author

Edmund Lenihan, also known as Eddie Lenihan, is an Irish author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster. He is one of the few practising seanchaithe (traditional Irish lore-keepers and tale-spinners) remaining in Ireland. He has been called "one of the greatest of Irish story-tellers" and "a national treasure".

Lenihan is a native of Brosna, County Kerry, Ireland, but currently resides in Crusheen, County Clare. His college education was at Saint Ita's College in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick and University College in Galway.

He is a collector and preservationist of folk tales, recording stories told by older people as passed to them in oral tradition, and then distributing them to a wider audience via print, audio and filmed recordings.

Lenihan is particularly well known for his tales of Irish folk heroes, fairies, fallen angels, and other supernatural beings as recorded in
Irish mythology, folklore and oral history. He has also published poetry, stories about historical and legendary women of Ireland, and railroad history. In his role as a cultural preservationist he maintains the largest private collection of folklore in Ireland.

His first local reputation developed as an enthusiastic children's storyteller.But as his international storytelling reputation grew,
he has appeared in the film, The Fairy Faith, in a series of programmes on BBC radio, and at numerous high-profile folk festivals.

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Winner of the Best Illustrated Book.
– 2007 CLÉ Book Industry Awards.

Winner of the Special Merit Award
– The RAI Children’s Book Award 2007.

– The Sunday Independent.

…Stunning illustrations wonderfully compliment the storyteller’s art… The Irish Times.

"Ireland's greatest living storyteller" Clare Champion.

"An inspired performer" The Irish Post (London).

"A master storyteller" Belfast Newsletter.


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