Captain Cillian is a friendly sailor from Ireland, who loves to explore the oceans with his mates. Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to this fun and educational Irish seafaring character for children.
And good news! There's a fun kid's adventure pack giveaway at the end of today's post. But first, let's learn a little bit more about this friendly Irish sailor.
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How To Pronounce The Captain's Name
Let's start by learning how to say our friendly captain's wonderful Irish name, Captain Cillian.
It's pronounced like Kill-ee-an.
Sometimes you see this name spelled as Killian, but our good captain uses the Irish version of his name, Cillian, since there is no letter 'K' in the Irish language.
Captain Cillian's Book Series
Captain Cillian's book series is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and is quite unique as it touches on four learning themes:
- Explore Ireland
- Discover Ocean Facts
- Learn the Irish Language
- Create and Play
Captain Cillian loves exploring the seas and oceans around Ireland and the world. He currently has three Irish seafaring short stories featuring Captain Cillian and his friends.
In Hidden Caves Adventure this cute little captain sets sail from Galway and heads south to County Clare in search of caves and hidden treasure.
Together with his mermaid and pirate friends, Captain Cillian explores the Cliffs of Moher, and discovers a secret passageway. Deep in the caves they encounter trouble. Will they make it out alive? Will they find treasure, and who will save the day?
Captain Cillian braves the waves of the Atlantic Ocean once again when he sets sail from Dingle in County Kerry on his Stormy Sea Adventure.
He sets out on a bright sunny morning, but you know Irish weather is never to be trusted. He soon encounters stormy seas and blustery winds and rains. Will he steer his ship away from dangerous waters? Will Dolphin Rian save the day?
In the third book in the series, Captain Cillian takes us on his Surfing Adventure. He sets sail for the beautiful beach in Strandhill, County Sligo to visit his cousin Ciara (pronounced Keer-ah).
They explore the beach and learn how to surf. Meeting new friends in the water, they learn all about the waves and surfing in this beautifully illustrated picture book and learning workbook for young children.
Lovely Irish Books for Children
These lovely Irish tales are perfect additions to story time for Irish or Irish American families who wish to take their children on a fun seafaring adventure around Ireland.
So far, three stories have been released in the collection. But there are more to come. Soon Captain Cillian will launch his Wild Atlantic Way Adventure Pack.
Created By Carina Ginty
Captain Cillian is the brain child of a busy mother of two boys, who lives in Galway City in the West of Ireland.
Inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way, which is right on her doorstep, Carina Ginty's love of the sea is clearly evident in her books about this clever little Irish sailor.
She has created amazing educational resources to put some fun into learning Irish, and exploring the beauty of Ireland's coastline.
Irish American Mom's Seal Of Approval
I received a complimentary starter pack for review purposes and to help me create this blog post. It arrived packaged in a lovely shiny green envelope, sealed with Captain Cillian stickers. Always young at heart, I was excited to explore the contents of this adventure pack.
Carina has gone the extra mile to create a truly appealing package, that will peak the interest of Captain Cillian fans, both young and old. This is a fun way to learn about Ireland and to be introduced to the Irish language.
At the back of each book there is a learning chart for Irish words with phonetic pronunciations. One book covers colors, another numbers, and another items of clothing.
Throughout each book there are highlighted "Learn Irish" boxes. The phonetic pronunciation for the Irish words is not included here. But for anyone wishing to start learning Irish, the lessons at the end of each book are a wonderful introduction.
The books can be purchased separately or as part of an adventure pack on Captain Cillian's website. And good news! There's free worldwide shipping available on orders over €25.
One lucky winner will receive a Captain Cillian Learning Adventure Pack.
This starter pack includes:
- 3 short learning adventures exploring Ireland titled Stormy Sea, Hidden Caves and Surfing Fun.
- A fun Captain Cillian Ireland wallchart with stickers
- A set of Captain Cillian and friends stickers
- 3 Bookmarks
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Sunday June 19th, 2016.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration for your entry why not tell us where you would like to explore in Ireland with Captain Cillian and his friends.
One winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Sunday June 19th, 2016, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who supports this little giveaway by leaving a comment. Please do share the news about this little Irish sailor with your friends and family.
And a big thanks to Carina for introducing us to Captain Cillian and his friends.
Update – Winner Chosen:
Good news. Our winner has been chosen using the randomized “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
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Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this little giveaway.
And a big thank you to Carina Ginty for sponsoring this prize and for introducing us to Captain Cillian.
Wishing her every success with her unique business.
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