Ancient Folk Tales Of Ireland

Bringing the original Folk Tales collected by Douglas Hyde, and first presented to the reading public over 130 years ago, to the children of today.


Six stories from Hyde’s original collection have been beautifully illustrated in a classical Irish setting including old favourites such as The King of Ireland’s Son and some lesser know stories such as The Well at the End of the World. What makes this collection unique is that the actual language of the original storytellers has been retained to bring the children of today back beside the fire to hear the stories as they were told 120 years ago and first produced in the 1890 edition of Hyde’s Beside the Fire.

Produced in close association with the Douglas Hyde Estate, with an introduction by his grandson, every effort has been made to retain the original storytelling of the stories while removing some of the more obvious 19th Century influences to present the stories as they were told down the centuries.