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Irish legends retold for a new generation: Inis Publications is born!

On Monday 29th April, Inis Publications is launching the first in a series of children’s story books aimed at bringing Irish myths and legends back into the classroom. The launch will take place at Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail in Moville, Inishowen, Co Donegal.

“When my children were younger and taking Irish language books home from their Gaelscoil, I was a little shocked and disappointed that there was almost nothing about the Irish legends. When I was at school, we had the Irish legends in our classroom readers and I loved them,” says author and director of Inis Publications, Trish Hegarty

The Brown Bull of Cooley – An Donn Cuailgne is the first book in the series, retelling ancient Irish myths and legends for a new generation of children, and is being published in print and digital formats.  The legends are told by in a simple story-telling style by ex-BBC journalist Trish Hegarty, and are beautifully illustrated by Celtic artist, John Quigley., both of whom are based in Inishowen, Co Donegal.

The Irish translation has been done by Daire Ní Laoi, a fluent speaker from Howth, Co Dublin who is also a naíscoil teacher and professional translator.

This first book 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.  It is ideal to be read aloud to younger children and as early readers for 7-10 year olds.

The Brown Bull of Cooley – An Donn Cuailgne is available in Irish and English in Paperback and e-book formats.   For paperback copies, you can order direct from or on request from your local school book supplier.  The Irish and English e-books can be bought on Amazon and Kindle.

For further information, please email or call Trish on 086 1740057 or 0044 7803 077831.