THE STORY OF IRELAND

Written by
Brendan O'Brien
,
Illustrated by
Cartoon Saloon
The Story of Ireland

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

Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2009

Short-listed

White Raven selection 2008 - 2008

Winner

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Children's Book of the Year - 2008

Winner

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Hardback:
96 pages
Size:
285x225 mm
ISBN:
9780862788810

Also available as an Hardback

96 pages
Size:
210x148 mm
ISBN:
9781847171849
Category History
Theme 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.

 

In 1973 Brendan O'Brien began as presenter/reporter with the prestigious Seven Days current/political affairs programme which aired four times a week on RTÉ (Ireland's national television station). In Autumn 1975 he moved to the RTÉ Newsroom and spent three years as a journalist with the Sunday programme Newsround. This was followed by 18 months as Editor/presenter of the nightly Countrywide news programme. Then, he spent two years as a general news reporter, during which time he went to Buenos Aires in Argentina to cover the Falklands war.

Subsequently he became senior presenter/reporter with the thrice-weekly Today Tonight TV programme, where he carried out investigations into crime, political and current affairs issues, including investigations into the Provisional IRA, drug abuse, and the kidnapping of businessman Don Tidey by the IRA. He made two major documentaries on the IRA for Today Tonight, in 1984 and 1988.

Since September 1992 Brendan has been a senior presenter/reporter on the twice-weekly Prime Time, RTÉ's principal political/current affairs programme.

Awards: He has won the Jacobs Award for investigative reporting; the A.T. Cross National Media Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Sunday Independent 'Arts Award'.

In 2008 he received the Best Newcomer Award fom the Irish Book Awards for his first Children's book The Story of Ireland and the Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children's Book of the Year Award: Senior for the same book.

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
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’

In Touch Magazine
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
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

'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 li

Sarah Webb, Children’s Books Ireland, BookFest

'Absolutely wonderful.'

The Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio 1

'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.

'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, Spring 2008

'A sophisticated production.'

Sunday Tribune

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

'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

'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.'

Sunday Independent

'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!'

Irish Examiner

'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

'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
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