Holy Shocking Saints

Our island is known the world over as the land of Saints and Scholars, but how many can you name and how well do you know your Irish saints? You might be surprised to learn of the great feats accomplished by these holy men and women. In Holy Shocking Saints, Quinn brings the legends of twelve great Irish saints to life in this exciting array of myths, martyrs and miracles.

Irish history is intertwined with stories of saints who have fought kings, stood up for the poor and changed our landscape. Discover which saints descended from high kings, the saints that encountered wild sea monsters, the saint that charmed bees to chase off invaders and even Ireland’s mermaid saint. The sense of place tied to the saint sings from each profile, and in many cases a saint’s influence has reached beyond Ireland.

Suggs’ delicate full colour watercolour illustrations add individual character to each saints’ biography, with subtle symbolism in each scene. Crammed with facts that will not only make you look at Irish saints differently but understand how their legacy can still be seen in Ireland today.

About the Author
Sine Quinn Headshot
Síne Quinn is a writer and editor with an MPhil in Children’s Literature. She is a writing coordinator with the Bookmarks Programme at Trinity College and a campaign coordinator for College Awareness Week.
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About the Illustrator
Margaret Anne Suggs Headshot
Margaret Anne Suggs was born and raised in the American deep South, but later moved to Dublin, Ireland to pursue her master's degree at the National College of Art and Design. She teaches in the Illustration department at Ballyfermot College of Further Education where she founded the Illustration course. She lives in Co. Dublin, near the sea, with her husband, sons and cat.
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Book Cover - Holy Shocking Saints
Publication Date
November 2020