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Ireland certainly lives up to its nickname, the "Emerald Isle" – it's unbelievably green, with expanses of rolling fields and hills, lush vegetation under foot, colorful gardens. And with a touch of rain, watering the whole countryside, no wonder there's so many Irish legends with rainbows and sparkling leprechauns. Who knows what magic your kids may find as you travel through Ireland.

County Kerry – Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula

      Tip: Irish weather is very changeable, even in summer. If going you're out for a walk, even it's sunny, bring a water-proof windbreaker. In just a short time, the weather can change, the clouds blow in and you'll find yourself in the midst of a rain shower.

Fun food


The potatoes in Ireland are fresh and fabulous – try delicious "chips" (they're nothing like pale limp French fries made from frozen potatoes). In the afternoon, take a break for tea. You'll find delicious apple pie with thick cream, cakes, and fruit desserts in tea shops all over Ireland.




Ireland has lots of fun souvenirs to bring back home – kid-size drums (bodhrans), tin whistles, singing leprechauns, wooly sheep plush animals, lovely silver jewelry with Celtic motifs, claddagh rings, woolen hats and scarves, and tweed caps.

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Ireland is famous for its castles, music and legends, and it's also an adventure destination. Go hiking and biking in the Ring of Kerry, learn sport of gaelic football (soccer), listen to fiddlers and pipers, stay in a real castle, taste local whiskey and chocolate, see a sheepdog in action, this family tour company will provide a custom itinerary and unforgettable trip:
Quivertree Family Expeditions
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Tales from Old Ireland childrens books  
Tales from Old Ireland
Malachy Doyle, Niamh Sharkey

Marvelous retelling of best-loved Irish folk tales – "The Children of Lir," "Fair, Brown and Trembling," "The Twelve Wild Geese," "Lusmore and the Fairies," "The Soul Cages," "Oisín in Tír na nÓg." Rich, imaginative illustrations bring a fresh appeal to these timeless tales. (Chapter book)



Fionn and his sister Tara come to Arranmore Island to spend the summer with their grandfather. This is no ordinary island, the island has magic, and a Storm Keeper who controls the elements – earth, wind, fire, water. An ancient sorceress will soon awaken, will the new Storm Keeper have the magic to protect the island? (Chapter book)


the storm keepers island
leprechaun in late winter  
Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back in time to Galway, where they meet an old woman who knows the ways of the fairies, and the magic of stories. (Easy reader)

And also, non-fiction companion Leprechauns and Irish Folklore, all about leprechauns and different kinds of fairies, fairy places, dancing and music.


O'Sullivan Stew
Hudson Talbott

Kate O'Sullivan is in trouble with her king, but she has a way with words, with tales about fairies and leprechauns on Midsummer's Eve, a greedy sea monster, and people-eating giant. Spirited story, imaginatively illustrated. (Picture book)


ireland tale kids O'Sullivan Stew
Ronan and the Mermaid  
Ronan and the Mermaid
Marianne McShane, Jordi Solano

Long ago, a boy washed up after a storm and was rescued by monks in a remote abbey. The boy, Ronan, grew up hearing the legend of Liban, a princess turned into a mermaid. One day out fishing, Ronan played a song of the sea on his harp, and found tangled in his net, a beautiful girl with golden hair and a silvery tail. (Picture book)


Too Many Leprechauns
Stephen Krensky, Dan Andreasen

Charming tale of how that pot o' gold got to the end of the rainbow. Nobody in Dingle can get a good night's sleep, for all the noise the leprechauns are making, until clever Finn O'Finnegan has a plan for the fairy gold. (Picture book)


ireland kids myths Too Many Leprechauns
A Fine St. Patrick's Day  
A Fine St. Patrick's Day
Susan Wojciechowski

In Tralee, everyone is painting the town lime green to win the prize on St. Patrick's Day. When a mysterious visitor asks for help, the townspeople generously stop painting to rescue his cows – the next morning, there's a sparkling green miracle. 'Tis a fine story, to be sure. (Picture book)


Saint Patrick
Tomie dePaola

Read about Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain, Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. He believed his calling was to convert the Irish to Christianity, and built churches all over Ireland. Plus legends of Saint Patrick. (Board book)


saint patrick
st patricks day  
St. Patrick's Day
Gail Gibbons

Excellent introduction to St. Patrick's Day – history and legends of Saint Patrick, why people wear green, all about shamrocks, shillelaghs, harps and other Irish symbols, and how the holiday is celebrated. (Picture book)


Viking Ships at Sunrise (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

When the magic tree house whirls Jack and Annie back to ancient Ireland, they visit a monastery filled with books of wonder. Will they escape the Viking raiders with their jeweled treasure? (Easy reader)

Also non-fiction companion book: Vikings


viking ships at sunrise
This is Ireland kids  
This is Ireland
M. Sasek

Take a trip through the Emerald Isle old and new – Rock of Cashel where Brian Boru was crowned, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Cliffs of Moher, and a leprechaun who guards the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow. Whimiscal illustrations, this is a classic. (Picture book)



As you travel around Ireland, you'll see distinctive Celtic motifs everywhere you look, in jewelry, books and architecture. Kids will have fun coloring spirally eagles, lions, serpents, birds, fishes and mythological creatures. Fun for all ages, and easy for little kids. (Coloring book)

Also, Celtic Stained Glass Coloring Book


Celtic Animals Coloring Book kids
The Secret of Kells  

Fabulous animated feature, a quest to complete an incredible book that will illuminate the darkness – the Book of Kells. Brendan, a young monk, must search deep in the forest for tiny berries to make colors, defeat the monster Crom Cruach, and save the book from Viking raiders. Magical! (Video)


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