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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; Paperback & CD edition (16 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905236034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905236039
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malachy lives on a tiny island off the coast of Donegal, with his wife Liz, Milo the nightcat, Juno the wavedog, and a load of ducks and chickens.
His 90+ books, for young people of all ages, have been translated into 23 different languages and have won many prizes internationally.
Malachy likes walking the beaches and mountains of Donegal, skimming stones in the sea, whistling, drinking Lapsang Souchong tea, making up stories, playing table tennis, going to traditional music sessions, laughing, reading and sleeping.
Malachy's latest publication is The Happy Book, a delightful picture book from Bloomsbury all about being happy.

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'A very lively retelling of seven traditional Irish stories accompanied by striking stylised artwork from Niamh Sharkey (winner of the Mother Goose Award) - The Bookseller --The Bookseller. This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times. 'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education. This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times. 'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education

This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times

'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education

About the Author

Malachy Doyle began his career as a children's writer in 1996 and was met with immediate success, having thirteen books accepted for publication within the year. He has also written The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales for Barefoot Books, published in Autumn 2005. Malachy lives in Wales with his wife and three daughters. Niamh Sharkey, an award-winning Irish illustrator, graduated from the College of Marketing and Design, Ireland, in 1994 with First Class Honours. She works in oils on a gessoed textured background to create the richness in colour that has already established her as a world class illustrator. Niamh has illustrated a number of best-selling titles at Barefoot Books: Jack and the Beanstalk + CD, The Gigantic Turnip + CD and Tales of Wisdom and Wonder. Maura was born and raised in County Clare, Ireland, where she began singing at an early age. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of country and bluegrass music, and regularly tours North America and Ireland with her unique blend of contemporary folk music. Maura was nominated for a Grammy in 1990.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
"Put a sod on the fire, give an apple to the child, and pour a drink for the storyteller."
"Tales from Old Ireland" is a collection of favorite Irish folk tales intended to be read aloud at the hearth of every home. Malachy Doyle, born in Belfast, retells seven of what are described as "the brightest jewels of traditional Irish storytelling." After all, an old Irish proverb declares a tale to be more precious than the wealth of the world. The stories are accompanied by the illustrations of Niamh Sharkey of Dulbin, which serve to lend them a touch of the modern (but it is intense palette of colors that help these quirky characters stand out). The seven tales included within are as follows:
"The Children of Lir," one of the "three sorrows of storytelling," and perhaps the best-loved Irish folk tale. Lir was a king whose queen died, and then he was struck by the beauty of Aoife, but blind to her evil. Jealous of the king's love for his children, she changes them into swans for three hundred years. This is why the king made a law that no one in Ireland should kill a swan, since it might be one of his children, and promised a reward to anyone who could break the spell.
"Fair, Brown, and Trembling" are the three daughters of a king in Tir Chonaill. The two oldest sisters have new dresses, but Trembling, the youngest and the most beautiful, has to do all of the work. Fortunately, the old henwife comes to her aid and sends her off to church. The King of Omanya falls madly in love with her, but all he has is the shoe he pulled off of her foot (sound familiar?).
"The Twelve Wild Geese" is about the Queen of Leinster and her twelve sons.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect gift book for anyone tired of the same old Cinderella childrens' books. Seven classic irish folk-tales, including the tragic Swans of Lir( which every irish child knows) are re-told in a fresh,modern style whilst staying true to the original stories.The stories are accompanied by rich, bold drawings which fascinated my five year old.It even has a pronouncation list at the beginning to help out with those tricky irish names... a lovely book for both adults and children, highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this to anyone. Barefoot publishes sumptuous books. Little gems for kids that provide a real feast for parents as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on 2 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I have LOVED this book from the moment I opened it. It sits as one of my top 5 children's books. I might even like it more than my daughter! But she loves it too...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christine on 25 Mar. 2013
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The stories are very nice, it's got 2 CD, so lots of evenings to look forward to listen to them.
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