Rugby Spirit is a book about a young boy, Eoin, who is going boarding to Castlerock College, and what he doesn’t know is that his grandad, Dixie Madden, is an absolute legend there. When he arrives, he has already made friends such as Alan and Rory who start to show him around the school, and the first question they ask him is, “Are you any good at rugby? What Eoin does not know is that this school is crazy about rugby!! [click to continue…]
Like most school libraries we had a copy of Under the Hawthorn Tree in our classroom. It was one of those books that I loved to curl up with and read. One that I read a few times a year and loved it more even more each time I read it. So when I was asked to review the Irish version I was thrilled. The story is the same as I remember it and one I can freely admit that I still really enjoy. Set during the 1840’s in famine ridden Ireland the story focuses on the lives of three young children who face all kinds of dangers associated with the famine. [click to continue…]
Such was the success of last week’s competition, that we’re going to do another to celebrate the forthcoming Easter holidays! This time O’ Brien Press has kindly given us five copies of the new paperback edition of “The O’ Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales & Legends” by Una Leavy. The book contains ten well-known and loved legends: How Cúchulainn Got His Name; The Magic Shoes; Deirdre and the Sons of Uisneach; The King’s Secret; The Children of Lir; The Giant’s Causeway; The Bodach of the Grey Coat; The Pot of Gold; Tír na nÓg and The White Gander. The stories are retold by author and poet Una Leavy and beautifully illustrated by Susan Field. [click to continue…]
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the O’ Brien Press has kindly given us five copies of “The Story of Ireland” by Brendan O’ Brien as prizes for a website competition. The Story of Ireland begins “After the Ice” and lasts 9,000 years. It tells the story of the whole island and its people. The book’s 27 chapters chronicle 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. [click to continue…]
Seomra Ranga is pleased to announce a new association with O’ Brien Press on the new website. O’ Brien Press has made all of their resources for class novels available for download via the new Seomra Ranga website. Teaching Guides and Teaching Ideas downloads are available for the full O’Brien Press catalogue of novels for primary schools. Resources are available for fiction and fact books, books for infants and senior pupils, books in both English and Gaeilge. The downloads are full of ideas to help the teacher use the books as a cross-curricular resource in the classroom. Examples of available resources include the following books:
These resources may be accessed in the following ways:
I would like to express my thanks to Ivan at O’Brien Press for permission to make these resources available to visitors to the new Seomra Ranga website.