The King of Ireland's Son

An Irish Folk Tale

Padraic Colum; Illustrated by Willy Pogany

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A true Irish wonder tale: a coming of age story of the youngest son of the king of Ireland, who sets off on an impossible quest. Generations of children have loved the humour, poetry, action and adventure of Padraic Colum's unmatched storytelling.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 7 to 10 years
224 pages
Publication date:
26 Jan 2012
5th edition


The King of Ireland's Son sets out to find the Enchanter of the Black Back-Lands and meets the Enchanter's daughter, Fedelma. His adventures lead him to the Land of the Mist, the Town of the Red Castle, and the worlds of Gilly of the Goatskin, the Hags of the Long Teeth, Princess Flame-of-Wine, and the Giant Crom Duv.

This is a true Irish wonder tale: a coming of age story of the youngest son of the King of Ireland who sets off on an impossible quest. The stories weave together, stories within stories, in a fantastic tapestry of humour, poetry, action and adventure. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime, generations of children have loved Padraic Colum's unmatched storytelling.


"The stories twine and return like knotwork, coming finally to an amazing, satisfying conclusion."
Five-star review

"My husband never used to like to read to our child at bedtime but now has taken over this role - because he loves reading The King of Ireland's Son. He says nightly after finishing a chapter, 'this is such a great story!'"
Five-star review


Padraic Colum was born in Longford, Ireland in 1881. He was a natural storyteller: lyrical rhythm and musical pace run through all his many tales for children, which have been loved for generations. He was awarded the Regina Medal in 1961 by the Catholic Literary Association, for his contribution to children's literature. He died in 1972, leaving a wonderful legacy of story collections which continue to enchant and delight.


Another wonderful story collection by Padraic Colum:
Myths of the World

You might also like this new edition of stories about well-known, and some lesser-known saints, men and women who have inspired and challenged people for centuries:
Stories of the Saints: A Collection for Children

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