Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland
Long ago, on the eastern coast of Ireland, a monk from the Abbey of Bangor was collecting driftwood along the shore when he found a boy washed up amid a circle of seals. At first the boy could barely move or speak. But when he regained his strength, he recalled being brought ashore by a lady with long golden hair who sang him to safety and gave him a silver ring. The monks knew the legend of a mermaid who had wandered the coast for three hundred years. Could it possibly have been her?
Inspired by a story told in medieval chronicles of Irish history, debut author Marianne McShane weaves a captivating tale, while Jordi Solano captures the legend’s spare but welcoming abbey on the rocky shore – a setting that makes you believe that if you listen hard enough, you too can hear the mermaid’s song.
About the Author
Marianne McShane was born and raised on the north east coast of Ireland. Marianne is a seanchaí, a traditional Irish storyteller, and has shared her Irish legends and wonder tales with audiences at festivals and concerts in Ireland and the States.
For many years Marianne lived in America, where she told stories every day in her work as a children’s librarian. She now lives again in Bangor, the setting of Rónán and the Mermaid.
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