20 Irish Writers for Children

Course Overview

This course gives teachers the opportunity to discover Irish writers for children. This is an opportunity to discover or rediscover some of the best writers in the world for children and adults alike. Module 4 is devoted to writers as Gaeilge. It is also an opportunity to compile a list of possible books by Irish writers, for the school library.

Learning outcomes

  • To understand the importance of Irish Children’s writers in the development of literacy.
  • To learn about the lives and context of four specific Irish writers for children.
  • To learn the titles of at least four books that could be listed for children as extension readers or for use by teacher as oral work to promote further reading.
  • To experience the importance of auracy by listening to a piece of writing from at least one of the authors listed in this section

About the Author

Art Ó Súilleabháin

Art Ó Súilleabháin practised as a primary school teacher, first in St. Pat’s School in Drumcondra and then as Principal of Burriscarra NS in Mayo.

He then went on to become the ICT Advisor for Mayo before becoming Director of Mayo Education Centre. He learned his Irish from the age of eight when he moved to Corr na Móna, having been brought up in Boston (USA).

He went on to publish a number of books in Irish for children before being co-author on a series of grammar books for children (published by in 2019). He taught Irish in the CUA, a university in Washington DC as part of the Fulbright programme in 2018/19. He now lives in the Gaeltacht, in Corr na Móna, Co. na Gaillimhe.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 4th July - Friday 19th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 17th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 19th August for all participants.


This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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