The final book in the Lúcás Ó Briain trilogy (An Litir). The Atlantic port of Galway 1612, Lucás, a young student and a gifted swordsman, is entrusted by a shady Jesuit priest with an important letter to be delivered into the hands of Aodh Mór Ó Néill, Earl of Tyrone (leader of the Irish chieftains in Rome seeking the help of Philip of Spain to retake Ireland from the English). Lúcás's mission will take him on a perilous journey across Europe. Following hot on his heels, in the narrow streets of the city, is the enemy's most devious and brutal spy - with orders to stop him, at all costs.
The story of Éadaoin is our finest Old Irish love story, a story that survived in fragments found in The Book of the Dun Cow and in The Yellow Book of Leacan. Diarmuid Johnson has combined all these various fragments and knitted them into a whole — filling the gaps and adding meat to the bones — to create a new old epic comparable to Helen of Troy or the story of Tristan and Isold.
Driſters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back — and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie — struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy — becomes a victim of his own strength.
The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne is one of the greatest Irish prose narratives. A tale from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology, it concerns a love triangle between the great warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, the beautiful princess Gráinne, and her paramour Diarmuid ua Duibhne. This text, edited by Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, is considered as the authorative version of the tale.
'Book of the Year 2019'
A retelling of the 14th century satirical tale Tromhdhámh Guaire. Feargal Ó Béarra’s new modern edition recounts the prolongued visit of the ‘burdensome band of bards’ on King Guaire, and its comic consequences — not to mention the ‘finding’ of the then long-lost tale ‘Táin Bó Cuailnge’. A story to savour and to delight in. Feargal Ó Béarra’s new modern edition recounts the prolongued visit of the ‘burdensome band of bards’ on King Guaire, and its comic consequences — not to mention the ‘finding’ of the then long-lost tale ‘Táin Bó Cuailnge’. A story to savour and to delight in.
A book to be relished by those who have no great love for our rhymers, past or present!
Nobody has seen Willy Wonka - or inside his amazing chocolate factory - for years. When he announces plans to invite the winners of five Golden Tickets hidden inside the wrappers of chocolate bars to visit his factory, the whole world is after those tickets!
Conaire Mór is a lively and highly-readable retelling of the Old-Irish epic Togail Bruidne Da Derga — a story that begins with the crowning of Conaire and ends with his brutal slaying on the banks of the Dodder. All the wonders of ancient literature are found in this book, from Conaire’s warrior feats to his ascension to the throne and to the prophesy of doom that cannot be evaded. This is a story that hasn’t been told in a thousand years, but now, Conaire Mór reigns again. The author, Diarmuid Johnson, is a poet.
Shortlisted for IRISH BOOK AWARDS
Tuatha Dé Danann is a lively and highly-readable retelling of the Old-Irish epic Cath Maighe Tuiredh — or the Battle of Moytura — an account of the invasion and conquest of Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann by the popularly acclaimed prize-winning author of Conaire Mór.
All the wonders of ancient literature are found in this book, from Lugh Lámhfhada's warrior feats to his vanquishing of the Fomorian invaders. This is a story that concerns with the 'Matter of Ireland', essential reading for all who cherish the past.
Fonn A Níos Fiach is a novella, based on a folk tale from Dúiche Sheoigheach. This is a tense, emotive telling, with the sense of wilderness throughout. It would remind you of 'The Old Man and thr Sea' by Hemingway, but in this case it was hunger and the famine, and not heroism, that drove this man to hunt.
Shortlisted for the IRISH BOOK AWARDS
This is the story of a young man and the fateful summer he spent in the Gate House in Mín na Móna in the Donegal Gaeltacht as he tries to make sense of his complicated life and find his own way. You won't easily forget this summer in Mín na Móna. In this novel brim-full of uplifting humour, of compassion with one's fellow man and with nature, of flashes of insight and inspiring ruminations. A witty style, a thought-provoking story.
It is a long time since we’ve had a novel from the Donegal Gaeltacht, and there is no doubt that this book announces the arrival of a new novelist in a direct line from the Mac Grianna brothers.
Shortlisted for the IRISH BOOK AWARDS
One of the greatest epics ever written, now available in Modern Irish This is the story of Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster, and of how he stood his ground, along with his charioteer Lao, against the great host of Ailill and Maeve. Here, we read of his youth, of how he got his name, of his single combat with Ferdia, and of the deadly quarrel between Ailill and Maeve which led to the taking of the Brown Bull of Cooley. Táin Bó Cuailnge was written in the 11th Century and was translated into Modern Irish by Darach Ó Scolaí.
Finally! The last book in the trilogy has arrived and the whole Cú Chulainn epic is available as a graphic novel. In this final volume Cú Chulainn's enemies gather against him, Méabh, Calaitín, Feardia and even the Morrigan herself. To add to the slaughter the Connaught hordes are about to descend upon Ulster. All Hell is breaking loose!
A tough and poetic thriller set under the Mediterranean sun. This is the story of three comrades who grew up together on the streets of Marseilles — Ugo, Manu and Fabio — and the gypsy beauty, Lole. Close friends in their youth, they become separated by life, and are brought together again by death.
A knight awakes in the middle of the woods, like a child, without any memory, and not knowing where he is. Step by step, he explores his surroundings and begins to make his way towards the light. This is a philosophical novel by one of the country’s finest writers, written in the style of the 15th
Century, the beginning of the age of printing and publishing. An Choill
tries to get to grips with the case of one of the Knights of the round Table, who didn
’t reach the Holy Grail. This is the story of the man who doesn
. It might just be the story of everyman
A best-selling fantasy novel, and the first installment in the ground-breaking epic series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by the renowned American author George R. R. Martin. The series has been translated into a myriad of languages and is being filmed and broadcast by HBO internationally. The novel was first published in English under the title A Game of Thrones.
“Beidh ‘chuile shórt go breá ... tá seoladh agam, agus ticéid ar an metro ... agus mapa de Pháras. Chuile shórt go breá. Tiocfaidh sé ar fad ar ais chugam faoi cheann nóiméid.”
Ar bhínse sráide, i bPáras, tá bean óg ag iarraidh teacht chuici féin. Níl cuimhne aici ar a hainm, nár ar an bhfáth a bhfuil sí san áit sin. Tá a cuimhne tar éis imeacht uirthi.
Le greann agus tuiscint, insíonn Pénélope Bagieu agus Boulet scéal na tóraíochta seo, tóraíocht na féiniúlachta.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the best known adventure novels ever written. This is the exciting story of David Balfour, a young man whose uncle Ebeneazer wishes to kill and to steal his inheritance. Through his friendship with Jacobite swordsman Alan Breck Steward he escapes the fate his uncle had in store for him - only to find that he must cross the Scottish Highlands in the company of a rebel who has a price on his head, with the red coats on their hells. Kidnapped is widely recognised as Stevenson's greatest novel, and was referred to by Henry James as ' the particular crown and triumph of the artist'.. This beautiful translation and abridged for modern-day readers by Darach Ó Scolaí is accompanied by NC Wyeth's renowned Illustrations from the 1913 edition.
Bíonn faitíos ar Mhac Tíre i gcónaí, agus bíonn na mic tíre eile ag gáire faoi. Ceapann sé nach mac tire ceart é. Ar deireadh, socraíonn sé imeacht amach faoin domhain mór agus é sa tóir ar an misneach. Sraith trí phictiúrleabhar don aoisghrúpa 4-7 mbliana. Sna scéilíní deasa seo is iad na rudaí céanna a dhéan=ann imní do Mhac Tíre agus a bhíonn ag déanamh imní do gach páiste — an grá; siúl ar scoil; a bheith cróga, srl. Leabhair álainn soláimhseáilte iad le léamh os ard sa bhaile nó ar scoil.
A collection of traditional stories collected in Seanadh Farracháin in the Joyce Country during the 1930's, and edited by Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill, along with a fine account of the rich folkloric storytelling tradition of the area.
When Fionn mac Cumhaill and Diorraing go astray in the dark woods, they find themselves in the house of their enemy, thus beginning a night of storytelling that lasts to this very day, and a story culminating in a wedding feast arson and murder on the banks of Lough Derg.
A prize-winning jewel of a novel from the pen of one of Ireland's finest poets, telling the story of a man close to the poet's own heart - Garret FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond (1335-1398), chieftain, viceroy, poet, and a man who loved women - the man baptized by the Irish as 'Gearóid Iarla'. "An illustration of the desires, heartbreaks, sufferings, and of the humanity of nobles and commoners. That is Máire Mhac an tSaoi's special gift, the gift of imagining... She has complete mastery of her craft." -Tadhg Ó Dúshláine, RTÉ RnaG. “Is seoid drithleach atá sa leabhar seo. Tá cur síos ann atá chomh beo, chomh braiteach, chomh lán de chroí is de nádúr, le haon rud atá léite agam le fada an lá, in aon teanga. Is fada ó bhraith mé chomh gar do shuíomh agus do phearsana staire. Anuas air sin tá giotaí comhrá agus cainte ann atá chomh blasta sin nach bhfuil aon tsamhail agam orthu ach mar a bheadh gráinní salainn ar an lus súgach, a bhaineann geit phléisiúrtha asat agus a chuireann fonn ort a thuilleadh a bhlaiseadh. Tá daonnacht agus grinneas agus dea-stíl scríbhneoireachta sa leabhar seo chomh maith le haon rud atá scríofa.” —Liam Mac Cóil "Léiriú ar mhianta, ar bhriseadh croí, ar fhulaingt, ar dhaonnacht mhóruaisle agus ghnáthdhaoine. Sin bua Mháire Mhac an tSaoi, bua na samhlaíochta.... Tá sí ina máistir go hiomlán ar an gceird." —Tadhg Ó Dúshláine, Comhluadar na Leabhar, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. "Éiríonn le Máire Mhac an tSaoi an cúlra staire a shníomh isteach san úrscéal ar bhealach an-chaolchúiseach." — Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail, Comhluadar na Leabhar, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. "Mac an tSaoi has not only written a beautiful and natural ode to a forgotten era of Irish life, an ode characterised by its humanity and poetic language but she has also usurped some of the more recent traditions that circumscribed the image or representation of Gearóid Iarla." — Micheál Ó hAodha, Dublin Review of Books Review of Scéal Ghearóid Iarla ar an Dublin Review of Books Scéal Ghearóid Iarla ar Clubleabhar.com Videos Máire Mhac an tSaoi ag léamh as Scéal Ghearóid Iarla Agallamh le Máire Mhac an tSaoi faoi Scéal Ghearóid Iarla More books by Máire Mhac an tSaoi Cérbh í Meg Russell? Scéal Ghearóid Iarla available as an eBook for the Kindle (amazon)