Today we're stepping into a modern day Tír na nÓg (Land of Youth) with Éire’s Kids, a Galway based company that created the wonderful characters of Oisín the Brave and Princess Éire to spark the imaginations of young boys and girls.
In today's post, author Michelle Melville introduces us to the wonderful books she created with her husband Derek Mulveen.
Their company, Éire's Kids, create and sell gorgeous gifts and souvenirs for boys and girls from ages 3 to 10.
For those living in Ireland or further afield, Éire’s Kids have something for all ages and interests. This entrepreneurial couple has graciously sponsored a giveaway for Irish American Mom's readers.
Check out how to enter our little giveaway to win one of 5 lovely prizes at the end of this post.
But first let me hand you over to Michelle, to introduce you to Oisín the Brave and his wonderful friends.....
Éire's Kids And Oisín The Brave:
"Hurry Orane, Hurry!
it's ....... IT'S AN ADVENTURE!!!"
Follow Oisín the Brave and Orane the Dragon through the Dolmen of Time on an adventure that takes them traveling across many seas, meeting strange looking creatures and helping a little robot on a quest to find the GOLDEN KEY and save Robot Island ....
Oisín the Brave - Robot Island is written and illustrated by Galway couple Michelle Melville and Derek Mulveen. Their books and Irish themed gifts are designed to ignite the imagination of children with beautiful illustrations, colorful designs and exciting characters.
Ireland’s recent economic downturn forced many Irish people abroad. Over the last few years, this married couple from Galway on Ireland’s west coast, watched loved ones move away.
Determined to remain at home themselves, they created their own company — Eire’s Kids, a business that produces Irish-themed books, souvenirs gifts and keepsakes.
Their illustrated storybooks are based on the adventures of OISÍN the BRAVE, PRINCESS ÉIRE and ORANE the DRAGON.
“Both Michelle and I worked in the construction industry and like many people, we found ourselves facing an uncertain future. At the same time, many of our friends and family had to travel abroad for work," explained Derek.
“We had always struggled to find perfect but inexpensive children’s gifts
that would give the recipient a little memory of Ireland,
and decided we would like to address this issue
with a business of our own."
Our book series and products are designed to be bright, colorful and where possible, educational.
“We wanted always to invoke, at the heart of each product, our Irish heritage, culture and language,” Michelle said. “Our products are designed to address all markets, especially the recently emigrated, so that their children can keep in touch with their Irish roots.”
Derek and Michelle's illustrated children's books were very well received in Ireland and over in the U.S with recent book tours that saw Derek whimsically introduce Oisín the Brave, Princess Éire and Orane the Dragon.
Featuring at Milwaukee Irish Fest (Aug. 2013) and at a New York book tour (March 2014), Derek is set to cross the pond and headline once again in this years Wisconsin's Milwaukee Irish Fest.
They have recently launched their first coloring book 'Memories of Ireland', with many more whimsical adventures and coloring books due to be published this year.
Oisín the Brave's book series is based on mythical but modern day characters and their imaginative adventures through the Dolmen of Time.
“We introduce the Irish language slowly into all storylines with visual Irish learning at the back of each book,” Mulveen explained
Follow Oisín the Braves adventure on Facebook with Eire's Kids Ireland where you will be kept up to date with all new book release dates
Great news! We're going to have five lucky winners in this week's giveaway. Here are the prizes just waiting to be one.
Prize #1: 'OISÍN THE BRAVE - ROBOT ISLAND & MOON ADVENTURE'
Illustrated Story Books
Prize #2: Love Irish Dancing Photo Frame and Clothes Hook
Prize #3: 'Happy St. Patrick's Day' Photo Frame
Prize #4: 'MEMORIES OF IRELAND' Coloring Book with crayons.
Prize #5: LUCKY ZIP - Sheep zipper attachment
Five lucky winners will receive one of the prizes outlined above..
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Saturday, March 14th, 2015. Any comment will do but if you need inspiration why not tell us about which legendary Irish character you most admire. Perhaps it's Fionn MacCumhaill, Cúchulainn, or St. Brendan the Navigator. There's a vast array of characters just waiting for you to pick.
A 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 or shared, just used to contact our lucky contestants.
Winners will be announced on Saturday March 14th, so Michelle can get the winners’ prizes in the mail.
Thanks to everyone who supports and enters this little giveaway.
Update – We Have Five Winners
Thanks to everyone who joined in and enter this little giveaway. Congratulations to our five lucky winners.
Prize #1:’OISÍN THE BRAVE – ROBOT ISLAND & MOON ADVENTURE’ Story Books go to Heather.
Prize #2: Love Irish Dancing Photo Frame and Clothes Hook go to Laura.
Prize #3: ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’ Photo Frame goes to Megan.
Prize #4: ‘MEMORIES OF IRELAND’ Coloring Book and crayons go to Courtney.
Prize #5: LUCKY ZIP – Sheep zipper attachment goes to Mary J.
And a big thank you to Eire's Kids for sponsoring this wonderful prize. Wishing them every success with their wonderful business.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings),
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: Irish American Mom does not have a business relationship with Éire's Kids. No cash payment was received for publishing this giveaway post. I love to help spread the word about small home businesses, artists and crafts people. Thank you to all who support these wonderful Irish and Irish American business enterprises.
Images published with permission of Éire's Kids.
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