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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, but it's also an adventure destination. Go hiking and biking in the Ring of Kerry, listen to fiddlers and pipers, learn traditional sport of gaelic football (soccer), stay in a real castle, this family tour company will provide a multi-sport trip for your family:
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)


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
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.


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)


Ronan and the Mermaid
The New Policeman adventure kids ireland
The New Policeman
Kate Thompson

J.J. Liddy, a gifted flute and fiddle player, discovers his tunes enable him to cross into the world of the sidhe (fairies). But all is not well in the land of eternal youth – time is leaking out and the fairy folk are in dire straits. Wonderful high adventure, Irish tradition and lore, a magical read! (Chapter book)

More magical adventures as the story of the Liddy family continues: The Last of the High Kings


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
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
Teddy Slater, Ethan Long

The Leprechaun family joins a St. Patrick’s parade, Bedelia swings a shillelagh, Timothy has a pot of gold, Aunt Rose carries shamrocks, there’s dancing, fife and drum music, then it’s home for mulligan stew and green apple punch, everyone is welcome. (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)


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)



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
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)



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)


The Secret of Kells

Fun facts about Ireland, the "Emerald Isle" – food, Gaelic language, history, traditions, big cities, limericks and leprechauns, holidays (Halloween came from Ireland), sports and dance. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Ireland pages)
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