Holy Shocking Saints
Publisher: Veritas Publications
Holy Shocking Saints: the extraordinary lives of 12 Irish saints
With more than 400 Irish saints, Ireland was fertile land for ascetics, hermits and pioneers
Review by Síne Quinn
The Irish Times
Nov 18 2020
Hagiography is fascinating, especially Irish hagiography, in particular the lives of early Irish saints. This ancient literary genre was an important way of recording the extraordinary lives of saints and the miracles and incredible feats attributed to them.
With mystics, healers, holy people and Christians, Ireland was considered a ‘breeding ground’ for saints. With more than 400 Irish saints, Ireland was indeed fertile land for ascetics, hermits and pioneers. Before Christianity came to Ireland, a number of pagan saints were celebrated throughout the country. Sacred sites, including Eagle Mountain, now Croagh Patrick, and places of pilgrimages were established before Patrick was kidnapped by Niall of the Nine Hostages and brought to Ireland. With the arrival of this new belief system, pagan traditions and Celtic spirituality merged with Christianity. ... Continue reading
The critics are saying:
We love Saintly Visions: "Author Síne Quinn and illustrador Margaret Anne Suggs bring life to the stories of a dozen explorers, hermits, healers and pioneers."
by Sara Keating
The Irish Times Magazine
"Explore the myths, martyrs and miracles in this charming new children's book which features some beautiful watercolour illustrations."
by Michael McDermott
"In Holy Schocking Saints, Quinn and Suggs bring the legends of twelve great Irish saints to life in this exciting array of myths, martyrs and miracles"
by Olivia Hope
Children's Books Ireland
"Quinn and Suggs work well to create narratives of saints, both infamous and lesser-known, in a fun and engaging manner. This is a great book that will show you why Ireland is known as the land of saints and scholars."
by Ruth Ennis
"If you've ever wondered why Ireland is known as the Land of Saints and Scholars, this is the book for you! With clear, well-written text and striking, colourful illustrations this book makes the ideal choice for any school or home library"
by Sara Webb
writer and children's book reviewer
"With brilliant illustrations and funny and informative text, Holy Shocking Saints is an excellent way to explore an important part of our history"
by PJ Lynch
Laureate na nOg 2016-18
"We all know a little about saints Patrick, Brigid and Kevin. I knew nothing at all about the others. They are worth knowing about. Their stories are magical, mysterious and interesting."
by Kathleen Watkins
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Determined and fearless, most of these men and women had to conduct, endure or witness shocking deeds throughout their lives. Their acts of kindness, incredible achievements and miracles that occurred before and after their deaths eventually made them saints.
From Colmcille confronting the Loch Ness Monster, to Brendan setting sail across the Atlantic, to Lí Ban transforming into a mermaid for three hundred years, whether fact or fiction this collection of stories will delight and entertain readers from ages seven and up.