The Story of Ireland

The Story of Ireland

Written by Brendan O'Brien, Illustrated by Cartoon Saloon

A spectacular tour of Ireland's history for younger readers, from the ice age to the present day. Beautifully illustrated and a great read, this award-winning book is essential for every classroom and library: as well as being the perfect gift! Available both as large format and pocket sized hardback.

Awards

White Raven selection 2008 - 2008

- Winner

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Children's Book of the Year - 2008

Irish Book Awards - Winner

Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2009

- Short-listed

Paperback: €12.99
Paperback: 96 pages
Size:250x197 mm
ISBN: 9781788491495

Hardback: €19.99
Also available as an Hardback (Hardback)
Hardback: 96 pages
Size:285x225 mm
ISBN: 9780862788810

Hardback: €9.99
Also available as an Hardback (Hardback)
Hardback: 96 pages
Size:210x148 mm
ISBN: 9781847171849

Category: History

Themes: History, Information

We are going on a long mysterious journey to find out what we can about the Island of Ireland…

The Story of Ireland begins ‘After the Ice’ and lasts 9000 years. It tells the story of the whole island and its people. The book’s 27 chapters chronicle the big picture of invasions, wars, Christianity, famine and a divided island, mixed with tales of Celtic head hunters, mysterious stone tombs, the Vikings, the black death, life in castles, the Titanic tragedy, music, mobiles and computers. When it ends a new story is just beginning.

The Story of Ireland won the Irish Children's Book of the Year Award (Irish Book Awards) in 2008 and was in the International Youth Library’s White Ravens 2008 selection.

Available in both the original large format hardback and a pocket-sized hardback edition.

 

Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O’Brien reported on Northern Ireland as RTÉ’s senior current affairs reporter beginning in 1974, and he made three major documentaries about the IRA. He won many awards for investigative journalism, including European Journalist of the Year 1998 and the Amnesty International Award 2001. Since retiring from RTÉ he has lectured extensively on the Northern Irish conflict and peace process.


He is the author of The Story of Ireland, a children’s book illustrated by Cartoon Saloon; The Long War: The IRA and Sinn Féin; and the revised and updated edition of A Short History of Ireland (by the late Breandán
Ó hEithir). He lives in Wicklow with his family.

Cartoon Saloon

Cartoon Saloon is a Kilkenny-based animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. They are best-known for their Academy Award-nominated feature-length animations The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, but have also done a wide range of television programmes and some lovely illustration work for O'Brien Press books.

'Clever, informative and above all entertaining.'

Eoin Colfer

'Written in a lively, informal style, its attractive pages are full of informative facts broken down into child-friendly, bite-sized pieces, ideal for internet-savvy modern youngsters . . . Every household in Ireland should have a copy, not to mention libraries and schools. I can’t recommend it highly enough. A triumph!'

Sarah Webb - Children’s Books Ireland, BookFest

'This is a beautifully presented book which brings the History of Ireland to life for young children. It is lively and colourful with plenty of stories, people and places.'

Mary Hanafin T.D.

'Filled with fun facts on everything from the Stone Age to the Celtic Tiger and is illustrated in a way that will delight children. A great gift for any curious child.'

The Irish Times

'A family must-have . . . each page is a treasure of knowledge, cleverly fragmented with illustrations, photos and brilliant cartoons that provoke the reader to dip in and be hooked!'

The Irish Examiner

'Deserves a place in every school and home library . . . such a quality that its appeal ought to endure for many years and many readings to come’

InTouch Magazine

Robert Dunbar’s top 30 Books of the Year 2007. 'Some 9,000 years of Irish history are colourfully and humorously delineated in an ambitiously conceived and successfully executed 'story'.'

The Irish Times

'Most impressive in its inventiveness, wealth of witty illustration, mixture of fun and serious history. It is great to see work of this quality from an Irish publishing house in these straitened times. This book deserves to be in every home and school.'

The Sunday Independent

'A fun way to present history to children and O’Brien are to be commended for doing a fine job in condensing 900 centuries worth of history.'

Sunday Business Post

'A sophisticated production.'

The Sunday Tribune

'Absolutely wonderful.'

The Tubridy Show, RTE Radio One

'A joy to read and look at - bright, lively and informative.'

The Newsletter

'Some kids thought that Irish history would never be enjoyable, but that’s before The Story of Ireland was written!!! With all its funny illustrations and its cool facts, its very easy to read and makes Irish history much more interesting.'

Kilkenny People

'Every house in Ireland should have it.'

Waterford News & Star

'Without any question this is the Children’s Book of the Year.'

Irish Independent

'This book is a significant breakthrough in the writing and presentation of history to Irish children and ought to be in every school library, if not in every home.'

Inis Magazine

'history is vividly brought to life … this new format will surely make the book a hit all over again in the run up to Christmas'

Evening Echo

'will delight younger readers interested in history but more importantly it will appeal to those who are not'

Books Ireland

'an entertaining gallop through centuries of history in a way which will appeal to the younger reader but still manages to get everything in'

Books Ireland

'Without any question this is the Children’s Book of the Year.'

Irish Independent

'A joy to read and look at - bright, lively and informative.'

The Newsletter

'Every house in Ireland should have it.'

Waterford News & Star

'Deserves a place in every school and home library . . . such a quality that its appeal ought to endure for many years and many readings to come’

InTouch Magazine

'Some kids thought that Irish history would never be enjoyable, but that’s before The Story of Ireland was written!!! With all its funny illustrations and its cool facts, its very easy to read and makes Irish history much more interesting.'

Kilkenny People

'Absolutely wonderful.'

The Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio 1

'for young fact-lovers, try the excellent stocking-sized Story of Ireland by Brendan O’Brien, a pictorial guide to Irish history with lively illustrations'

Irish Independent

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Worksheets: Best of Ireland: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: Footprints in the Future: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: History Detectives: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: Saints & Pagans: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: Statues with a Story: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: The Celts: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: The Celts: Activity 4

  • Download Worksheets: Time Travel: Activity 1

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  • Download Worksheets: To School: Activity 1

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Rights Held: World, all languages

Also by Brendan O'Brien:

The Long War
A Short History of the IRA
A Short History of Ireland

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Also by Cartoon Saloon:

The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells

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