Irish Gothic Fairy Stories From the 32 Counties of Ireland written by Steve Lally & Paula Flynn Lally and illustrated by Steve Lally & James Patrick Ryan
Trade Paperback – History Press LTD – Jul 2023 – 223 pages
In the four provinces of Ireland there are thirty-two counties. Each county and its people have their own traditions, beliefs, and folklore – and each one is also inhabited by the Sidhe: an ancient and magical race. Some believe they are descended from fallen angels, whilst others say they are the progeny of Celtic deities. They go by many names: the good folk, the wee folk, the gentle people, and the fey, but are most commonly known as “the fairies”.
These are not the whimsical fairies of Victorian and Edwardian picture books. They are feared and revered in equal measure, and even in the twenty-first century are spoken of in hushed tones.