Lugh and the Fortress of the Gods

October 2023
8.5 x 8.5 inches
32 pages
ISBN 978-1-77861-033-2
$13.99 CA

Lugh and the Fortress of the Gods

Author: Annie Dunphy

Translator: Muireann Bergin

Illustrator: Kyla Williams

When Lugh of the Long Arm grew up, he went to King Nuada’s fortress on the Hill of Tara to try to take his rightful place among the gods and goddesses there. But when Lugh arrived at the fortress, the guards wouldn’t let him in unless he could prove that he had a unique skill. Lugh had many skills, but would any of them be enough to get him into the fortress of the gods?

This Irish myth is retold as a participation story with gestures corresponding to action words, making it perfect for reading aloud. The book also helps to teach Irish (Gaeilge) language awareness. It contains three versions of the story: English, English with the action words in Irish, and all-Irish. After children become familiar with the all-English version, the second version with Irish action words can be introduced. The actions are the same in both versions, acting as a bridge from English to Irish. The all-Irish version is good for Irish language learners. With engaging black-and-white illustrations by the illustrator of Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge.