Mythical Irish Beasts
If you can only think of leprechauns when you think of Irish mythical creatures, it’s time to think again! Ireland’s mythology is bursting with mysterious and fantastical characters and this book is the perfect way to explore the island’s magical heritage.
The book is packed with some supernatural creatures you may have heard of, like the banshee, and many more that may be new to you, such as the Suileach, a monster with 400 eyes who is the namesake of the River Swilly (where it lurks) or the Airetech, a creature from the underworld who has three beautiful daughters who can transform into werewolves.
In this beautifully designed book, Mark Joyce brings us on a fantastic journey through Irish folklore with his stories of monsters and enchanted creatures, all brought to life through his original illustrations. He uncovers local stories of monsters that have been lost or forgotten and breathes new life into them with his creative artwork, sure to spark the imagination.
Mythical Irish Wonders
Ireland is well known as a land of storytellers, a tradition that dates back centuries to a time when tales of giants and epic battles were told around the fireplace. While we’re lucky to have a treasure trove of legends and myths, many of these strange and odd stories have been lost over time. That is, until now.
Within these pages discover how Queen Medb was killed by a lump of cheese and how Mad King Sweeney was turned into a bird. Learn of Ireland’s four magical treasures, including a cauldron that never goes dry, how the ancients divided the year into four, and how a bardic poem could kill ten rats and ended up influencing Shakespeare!
This book is sure to delight people of all ages with beautiful, full-colour illustrations accompanying each entry. Join Mark Joyce, the bestselling author of Mythical Irish Beasts, on a journey through an ancient Ireland nearly forgotten.
About the Author
Mark Joyce is a native of Connemara and has a varied background in the arts. He studied in Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and worked in the film industry in Ireland for a number of years.
Mark has worked with leading Irish craft companies as a designer, producing posters for numerous festivals as well.
His photographic book A Portrait of Connemara was published by Currach books in 2015, and Mythical Irish Beasts was published in 2018.
He owns Joyce’s Craft Shop in Recess, Co. Galway.