Donald Teskey

  • The Great Pig Escape
  • Download Chapter 4: The Fall of Taggerty

  • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't
  • Download Extract from Chapter 3: A Gremlin in the Works

  • The Lough Neagh Monster
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Under the Hawthorn Tree - Children of the Famine

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Fields of Home

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

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The Great Pig Escape

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 1: based on pages 9-17.

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  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 5: based on pages 64-90

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 6: based on pages 91-119

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 7: based on pages 120-143

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for third class from O'Brien Reading Programme

The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

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The Lough Neagh Monster

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Under the Hawthorn Tree - Children of the Famine

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  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber

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  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel and film: introduction and episode 1 (349 kb)

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 2 (179 kb)

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 3 (215 kb)

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Wildflower Girl

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The Blue Horse

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire. Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart.

Faoin Sceach Gheal

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Translated by Máire Nic Mhaoláin

Scéal éachtach ar an Drochshaol, agus ar thriúr óga a sháraíonn gach guais lena linn.

The bestselling Under the Hawthorn Tree beautifully translated into Irish.

Fields of Home

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey and PJ Lynch

The final book in the famine trilogy
For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily's first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?

The Great Pig Escape

Written by Linda Moller, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

Runtling the pig and his siblings narrowly escape the terrible fate of being sold at the market. While making their way across country, they learn all sorts of new things about themselves, about humans and about the world outside the farmyard.

The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

Laurence is a leprechaun who has been small for 1100 years and is sick of it! He wants to be TALL. He wants to be cool. Then he meet Phoebe, a large girl who wants to be small.

The Lough Neagh Monster

Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

When NESSIE arrives from Scotland to visit her monster cousin NOBLETT there is bound to be trouble.


Noblett loves his peaceful secret garden and has little time for his troublesome cousin from Loch Ness.

The Táin

Ireland's Epic Adventure

Written by Liam Mac Uistin, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

The most famous Irish legend of all in an exciting and easily understood version. Read about the feats of the famous warrior Cuchulainn who singlehandedly defends Ulster against the army of Queen Maeve. War, peace, love, greed, fate are the stuff of an epic, and in The Táin they are present in full.

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Children of the Famine

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

The first book in the famine trilogy
Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

Wildflower Girl

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

The second book in the famine trilogy
At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …