Mythical Irish Beasts

Mark Joyce
128 pp
ISBN 9781782189053


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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.

About the Author

Mark Joyce is a native of Connemara and has a varied background in the arts. He graduated from Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and worked for a number of years in the film industry in Ireland. Mark has worked with some leading Irish craft companies as a designer as well as producing posters for numerous festivals. He owns Joyce’s Craft Shop in Recess in Co. Galway.

His photographic book A Portrait of Connemara was published by Currach books in 2015. Mark is currently working on a new book, due to be released in late-2020.

Additional Information

Reviewed in Irish Central (2019)

Wonder of Ireland’s ancient beasts and monsters explored in new book

Reviewed in Connacht Tribune (2018)

Mark puts mythical Irish beasts at centre of story

Reviewed in Galway Advertiser (2018)

There’s more to mythical Ireland than leprechauns

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