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Rugby Spirit

by admin on 06/06/2012

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…]

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Faoin Sceach Gheal

by admin on 28/05/2012

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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O’Brien Press Resources

by admin on 13/11/2010

Wildflower Girl

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:

  • Wildflower Girl
  • All About Hurling
  • Strongbow
  • The Moon King
  • Faraway Home
  • Dream Invader
  • Trouble for Tuffy
  • Mad Grandad’s Flying Saucer
  • Ed’s Funny Feet
  • Sailí na Spotaí
  • Fiacla Mhamó
  • Moncaí Dána
  • Bróga Thomáis

These resources may be accessed in the following ways:

  • Curriculum >> English >> Class Novel (resources for English Novels)
  • Curriculum >> Gaeilge >> Úrscéal Ranga (acmhainní do leabhair Ghaeilge)

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.

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The Young Rebels

November 3, 2010

St Enda’s is no ordinary school, and Padraic Pearse is no ordinary headmaster. His pupils are inspired by his vision of freedom and an Irish Republic, and John Joe and his friend Roger see the Easter Rising as their chance to fight for Ireland’s freedom. But the two boys are horrified to learn that they […]

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A Winter of Spies

November 3, 2010

A sequel to The Guns of Easter, this books tells the exciting story of Sarah (Jimmy’s young sister) and their family who are involved in the spying activities of Michael Collins during the War of Independence. Sarah, a young eleven-year-old, cannot figure out why her family is so neutral towards the war and why everybody […]

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Wildflower Girl

November 2, 2010

This is 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 across the Atlantic to America. Will she ever see her family again? This book by Marita Conlon Mc Kenna is aimed at pupils in […]

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War Children

November 2, 2010

Six stories — one set in Dublin, the others in the countryside — about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences. Mattie Foley dreams of escaping the harshness of life in the Dublin slums, but her dreams and reality become dangerously entwined with the discovery of a gun. […]

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Under the Hawthorn Tree

November 2, 2010

This is the first book in the famine trilogy where the Great Irish Famine is recreated through the story of three young survivors. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of ending up in the […]

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Under the Hawthorn Tree Book Covers

November 2, 2010

  This Powerpoint presentation is for pupils to look at and respond to covers for various editions of Marita Conlon Mc Kenna’s award-winning book in countries around the world. It gives a little information on the book as well as question prompts. (.ppt file 401KB) Download File The images for this resource have been made available […]

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Safe Harbour

November 1, 2010

Sophie and Hugh are left homeless when their house is bombed during the London Blitz. Their mother is seriously injured and their Dad is away fighting, so the children are sent to their grandfather in Ireland. Sophie is scared – they have never met grandfather but his letters cause such trouble in the house, and […]

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Strongbow

October 28, 2010

The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair – wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the greatest of the Norman knights to come to Ireland. A clash of cultures and a vivid story […]

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Star Dancer

October 28, 2010

Ger Kelly, a tough twelve-year-old, at the centre of whatever mischief takes place in his Dublin neighbourhood, sneaks into the Dublin Horse Show. This is a very posh event and he and his friends are there to cause trouble. Then Ger sees a vision of beauty. She is Suzanne O’Carroll on her horse Star Dancer. […]

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Six Haunted Hairdos

October 28, 2010

If you’ve read Seven Spiders Spinning you’ll have met the class divided in two — the boys versus the girls — except for Pearl Hotchkiss, who maintains an independent position. Forever trying to outwit each other, the two gangs become embroiled in another crazy adventure, and unwittingly bring to life the ancient ghost of the […]

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