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Dropping your child off on their first day at secondary school: 5 simple rules

It’s their first day at secondary school and you are into a whole new set of rules and etiquette on parental behaviour. I just dropped my youngest off today and fortunately had the experience of his elder brother to guide me through, so I am happy to share this vast wisdom with you now. I acknowledge that I am the mother of two sons and that it may be a little different with daughters, but here goes:

  1. Do not get out of the car:  to say goodbye or to wish him or his friends luck
  2. Do not attempt to make any physical contact as your child leaves the car – no kisses, hugs, or restrained pats on the back or arm
  3. Do not call out the car window before you leave or draw attention to yourself in any way in front of his peers.
  4. Do not cry!!!
  5. If you must cry, at least wait until you leave the school grounds, and on a point of safety, do pull over if you are in floods of tears as this will seriously impair your vision and may cause you to be a danger to other drivers.

Good luck!

Now in stock at Macs Bookshop, Buncrana

An Donn Cuailgne from Inis Publications

An Donn Cuailgne from Inis Publications

Copies of The Brown Bull of Cooley and the Irish language version – An Donn Cuailgne – are making their way to Mac’s Bookshop, Upper Main Street,  Buncrana today.

An Donn Cuailgne just arrived back from the printers yesterday evening, so it is literally hot off the presses.  We did a short digital run of Irish language version and gave it a test drive to young readers.  They loved it but we have since drawn up a short Glossary or Foclóirín at the back, for  a few words which younger children may not be familiar with such as, “carbaid” which means “chariots”.

In addition to Mac’s Bookshop in Buncrana The Brown Bull of Cooley is now in stock in Farren’s of  Moville,  SuperValu in Carndonagh and Sprint in Letterkenny.  For further information or enquiries or to place a bookshop order, please email

The English version is ideal as a reader for 7-10 year olds and to be read out to younger children.  An Donn Cuailgne is ideal to be read out to younger Irish speakers and as a reader for 3rd to 4th class Gaelscoil pupils, or 4th to 6th class pupils in other schools.

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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.