The Names upon the Harp

Marie Heaney
Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

The heroes and villains of Irish myth and legend have fascinated generation after generation for over 2,000 years.

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. . . There is Balor of the evil eye, whose very glance meant death; the wicked queen Aoife who turned children into swans; and Oisin, who followed his love to her city beneath the waves . . .

Featuring beautiful colour illustrations by Irish Children’s Laureate and twice Kate Greenaway winner P. J. Lynch, and a previously unpublished poem by Seamus Heaney, this is a stunning collection to cherish forever.


Marie Heaney was born in County Tyrone and began her teaching career in schools in Northern Ireland. She and her family moved to Dublin in 1972 where she still lives. As well as Over Nine Waves, she has also written The Names Upon the Harp, a book of Irish legends for children, illustrated by PJ Lynch (Faber, 2000). As an editor for…

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