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A Dublin Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin. But Dublin is full of colourful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks!

With beautiful quirky illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Colton.

How to draw Fiona

Finn's First Song

A Whaley Big Adventure

Written by and Illustrated by Gerry Daly

Squeeeak ... Thwop ... Thwop ... Dwoooooerrrp!

Dad sings his magical whale songs to Mum and baby Finn, far, far away across the huge ocean.

When Finn gets lost, can the other sea creatures help him to send a message of his own?

Colour in the front cover illustration yourself
Colour in the busy sea floor, with an octopus!
Colour in Finn and his pufferfish friends
Colour in Finn as he sings his first song
Colour in Finn and his mother sleeping
Colour in Finn spraying a seagull

Where Are You, Puffling?

An Irish Adventure

Written by Gerry Daly and Erika McGann

A puffling has gone in search of adventure – now her parents can’t find her anywhere!

Can the animals of Skellig help them find their little puffling?

Flying Puffin - colouring activity
Puffling family - colouring activity
Rabbits - colouring activity
Seal - colouring activity
Puffling waving - colouring activity

Irish Farm Animals

Written by Glyn Evans and Bex Sheridan

A charming and engaging children's non-fiction book filled with information on all aspects of farming in Ireland, presented in a light-hearted and child-friendly text. Original illustrations and photographs are featured throughout in an interactive layout.

Activity sheet 1: What Do I Know About Farming?
Activity sheet 2: Where Does it All Come From?
Activity sheet 3: Cows and Beef
Activity sheet 4: It's Really Good For You! Dairy and milk
Activity sheet 5: Snuffle Snuffle! Pigs
Activity sheet 6: Woolly jumpers. Sheep, llamas and Alpaca
Activity sheet 7: Hoof prints. Horses and donkeys
Activity sheet 8: Cluck cluck! Chicken, ducks and geese
Activity sheet 9: An Extra Pair of Hands. Dogs, cats and other animals on the farm
Full set of website links and activities for Irish Farm Animals by Peter Heaney

Scout's Best Day Ever!

A Doggy Adventure Around Ireland

Scout, Daisy and Dad are going on holidays while Gran stays at home to mind the cat.

Scout promises to send cat a postcard from every place he visits on his travels around Ireland.

But which will be the BEST. DAY. EVER?

Activity Pack by Jennifer Farley

All About Gaelic Football

A detailed look at the history of football, the counties, the clubs, the winners, the trophies, Croke Park, the team colours, the songs, the best players, the rules and gives top tips for playing ... all you could possibly ever know about Gaelic football.

Write a Crimecall report about the stolen Sam Maguire cup!
The Great Debate: what does it mean to be an amateur organisation? Should the GAA go professional? (Gaelic Football & Hurling)
Draw a map showing where your local GAA club is ground is and a set of directions explaining how to reach it. (Gaelic Football & Hurling)
Write a profile of your local GAA club (Gaelic Football & Hurling)
Design a leaflet for Cumann Peil Gael na mBan
Find out more about Gaelic Football teams in your province
How well do you know the other teams in your province?
Create your own Fantasy Football Team!

Mr Bear to the Rescue

One stormy night Mr Bear is woken up by a small rabbit voice crying 'Help'. the warren has collapsed, the Hoor-Toowits' nest has blown away, the Buzzes' hive is ruined, and worst of all, Baby Flora bunny can't be found anywhere.

Teaching ideas for junior infants from O'Brien Reading Programme

Mr Bear's Picnic

Mr. Bear sets off for the perfect, peaceful picnic with Baby Bear. Then the little Grizzle-Bears, Fred, Ted and Fuzz, decide to come too.

It can only mean one thing - TROUBLE!

Teaching ideas for senior infants from O'Brien Reading Programme

What Are Friends For?

Written by Sally Grindley, Illustrated by Penny Dann

Jefferson Bear and Figgy Twosocks discover all the things that make friendship so special -- playing, sharing, helping and forgiving.

Teaching ideas for senior infants from O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

The Children of Lir

Ireland's Favourite Legend

Written by Laura Ruth Maher, Illustrated by Conor Busuttil

This charming rhyming story tells the legend of The Children of Lir, who were turned into swans by their wicked stepmother and forced to wander across Ireland for 900 years.

11 activity sheets for children throughout primary school by Peter Heaney

Aim High

Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks

Written by Donny Mahoney, Illustrated by Eoin Coveney

Meet the Irish men & women who topped the Sporting world. From heavyweight boxing champion Dan Donnelly to our greatest runner, Sonia O'Sullivan. From Brian O'Driscoll's amazing rugby performances to Rosemary Smyth's rally driving brilliance. Inspiring words and pictures for children of all ages.

Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt

An adventure around Ireland

Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Gerry Daly

Wee Donkey travels Ireland trying to find the perfect souvenir for her Grandad.

Wee Donkey - colouring activity
Wee Donkey and Grandad - colouring activity
Underwater fun - colouring activity
A friendly giant - colouring activity
Fairies - colouring activity