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Sep 21, 2023

Wolf-Men and Water Hounds: The Myths, Monsters and Magic of Ireland, Illustrated by Steve Doogan, published today

Manchán Magan’s

Look closer at the most magical places in Ireland with this beautiful book inspired by Listen to the Land Speak.

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Published by Gill Books, The Myths, Monsters and Magic uncovers the secrets of our island in this engrossing look at magical landmarks across the country. Travelling province by province through Ireland, Manchán outlines the stories most closely associated with each site, focussing on a specific beast or creature from legend and highlighting a magical word or phrase in Irish alongside.

Discover the dobharchú or water hound of Achill Island; the enchanted sow Cailcheir of Sligo’s Keash Caves; the Burren’s ollphéist or great serpent; the Caoránach or hairy worm of Lough Derg; the one-eyed salmon of Ballyshannon; and the man wolves of Ossory, County Kilkenny, amongst many others. This stunning gift book is a feast for the eyes for Manchán fans of all ages.

Manchán Magan explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, psyche and heritage of Ireland. He lives in the countryside in Co. Westmeath.

Steve Doogan works in a wide variety of media and styles. Wolf-Men and Water Hounds is his third collaboration with Manchán.

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