Inis Publications was set up with one primary aim: to bring Irish myths and legends back into the classroom and into children’s homes. To this end, the plan is to produce a series of short books in print and digital formats – in separate As Gaeilge and English language versions, retelling the much loved ancient Irish stories one at a time to a new generation.
We have published the first book in the series, The Brown Bull of Cooley – published in Irish as An Donn Cuailgne. It tells the story of Queen Maeve of Connacht, who sets out to capture The Brown Bull of Cooley, to prove to her husband that she is the richest person in Ireland.
The legend is re-told by ex-BBC journalist Trish Hegarty in a simple story-telling style, and is beautifully illustrated by Celtic artist, John Quigley. Design and layout is by Eileen McLaughlin of Emick Design and translation into Irish is by Daire Ní Laoi.
The book is ideal to be read out to younger children and as early readers for 6-10 year olds. It is also ideal for the classroom as a supplementary reading text in English or in Irish, contributing not just in terms of language and literacy but also to the Myths and Legends area of the curriculum.
You can buy the books online from this site. To order through your local library or bookshop: The Brown Bull of Cooley paperback version is ISBN 978-0-9576127-0-9, and An Donn Cuailgne paperback version is ISBN 978-0-9576127
Other books to follow in this series include The Children of Lir, The Salmon of Knowledge and Tír na nÓg.