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Eileen Moynihan’s Books and Website

Dear Eileen,

I went through all your pages which are full of literary stuffs like a garden where many flowers bloom emitting fragrance of love, joy, kindness, compassion, and human symphony! I , as a humming bee, feel wonderstruck as to how I could suck all the enchanting flowers! It makes me feel that you are a writer—-a magical weaver of words with profundity and sensibility and wish you for unflagging endeavor for creativity. ‘ Bam Dev Sharma Assistant Chief of R.R. Campus Tribhuvan University and Poet Nepal

‘I recently purchased a set of Eileens books for my great grandchildren and I must say they were enchanted with them and spoke very highly of them , Thank you Eileen.’  – Mike Ward

‘Educational, imaginative. They draw children in by their easy flow and beautiful descriptions . Truly lovely stories. Well done Eileen.’ – Sally Martin

‘Engaging and Imaginative books that inspire children to play.’ – Ann Gerety Smyth

‘Eileen has written some of my children’s favorite books! The Reckolahesperus, Rory Gumboots as well as Hattie and Hattie and Jacques: Love London are all fun and engaging books. Emmaline, my youngest, loves Hattie and Jacques.’ – Beth Lecroy

Dipping Into The Font

Its a magical journey through common places in such an aesthetic way that one would like to live each verse’ – Juan Manuel Rodriguez Caamaño 

Eileen Moynihan’s collection, Dipping into The Font is, by present day comparison, a collection of forty seven poems, mostly written in ballad form. It takes the reader through the poet’s journey from Essex through life in Longford,[ ‘A desert of grit’], Maria Edgeworth, Brendan O’Donnell, John Paul 2, encounters with family, characters and events that moved her to recall them in verse, to the concluding The Art of Art. ‘…You know it’s art/…when you feel part/ of something that moves you.’
The strength of the collection lies in the range of themes, especially those confronted with courage, often through the painter’s eye, and of the poet’s healthy indifference to fashionable innovation through her admirable insistence on relying on the time-honoured ballad form. In images like ‘Men with braces cutting hedges, glances,’ [From a Railway Carriage], we can both see and feel [in the telling ‘glances’ ] an empathy that many have experienced in a fleeting moment that goes beyond the merely physical . ‘Hungry heroes seek / Freedom and glory…Living their lives/Between truth and lies.’ [Falling Between The Lines] casts a critical eye on political causes that resort to violence. In ‘Either Mad or Both’ ‘a poem based on the life of Brendan O’Donnell, ‘who was convicted of three murders in 1996,
Moynihan attempts to explain, rather than justify the motives that drove O’Donnell. ‘His father spilt his jealous wrath / With blackthorn across his back / The boy couldn’t do a thing just right’. In ‘Flying Companion’ the poet is not afraid ‘To plunge her knife’ into the self-centred woman who talked and talked ‘…all about herself / her dramas, her life.’ ‘Lush and Ripe Brambly Fruits’ takes an unexpected sidestep towards the erotic; the fruits ‘glisten seductively in the morning dew…arch their backs / to display their goods…/ and into the mouth to suck/ the heavenly juice’. In contrast ‘Solitary Power’, is, in an age where it is neither popular or profitable to say a good word about the Catholic church, a refreshing celebration of Pope John Paul 2’s life, who was ‘loved with a passion for his humanity / detested and derided for his obstinacy’.
The ballad form can too easily slip into the cliché, the lazy line end, to justify the rhyme and not all of Moynihan’s poems evade these obvious risks, they’re part of the territory. In ‘Friend’s View’ ‘Your death came as a blow,/A hard man to know;/But when I was in a sticky spot / You were there like a shot’ may be an example of the short-comings into which the ballad can lapse. That aside Dipping into The Font is a collection that will be enjoyed by those who treasure the culture, traditions and landscape of an Ireland they believe worthy of preservation.’
Arthur Broomfield

The Dreamsmith

‘A story about dreams is a good topic for children. Bad dreams are a common childhood fear. In this book the author gently explains how dreams work and weaves an entertaining story around this educational topic. The story would definitely appeal to parents and children. I enjoyed the bright and colorful illustrations as well. A visually and intellectually appealing book for children.’ – Adele Smith

Hattie and Jacques Love London

Really happy with my purchase! Thank you’ – Debra Stewart

‘Lovely story, excellent artwork!’ – Mameyole

‘Un bon livre a lire! Very entertaining story of entente cordiale between mice in Londres> What will they get up to next? J’attends l’aventure prochaine!! Alles ma soeur!’ – John Corkery

‘Love this book, arrived super fast time, beautifully written and superb illustrations, look forward to reading it with the grandchildren.’ – Aideen Higgins

‘Lovely illustrations and charming story.’ – Gill Denness

The Reckolahesperus

‘Really happy with my purchase! Thank you.’ – Debra Stewart

‘Sam is in his den and Mum calls him in for some food. After playing outside, he is quite scruffy and Mum describes him as looking like the ‘wreck of the Hesperus’. Sam thinks that Reckolahesperus sounds like the name of a dinosaur. That night in bed the real dinosaur appears and brings Sam out for fun and games. When he gets back to bed, Mum calls him as it’s time to get up. Was it a dream or did it really happen? You’ll have to read the book to find out.’ – Celia Carlisle

‘Very imaginative. I have a new understanding of the Wreck of the Hesperus! I thought that was what our mother thought of our appearances as children – a mess like the wrecked boat. My sister has given this pharse a new twist. A great read with excellent illustrations.’ – John Corkery

‘My grandchild got ‘The Reckolahesperus’ for Christmas. She enjoys listening to the story every night before she goes asleep. Again, as in ‘Rory Gumboots’ also written by Eileen Moynihan, the illustrations and bright and clear, ideal for little pre-readers.’ – Donie

‘Love this story, illustrations beautiful also.’ – Aideen Higgins

‘A wonderful children’s story written in such a way that it captures the imagination. My children and the whole of Year 1 enjoyed it immensely!’ – Dayna

Rory Gumboots

‘Really happy with my purchase! Thank you.’ – Debra Stewart

‘This tale of good against evil marries a modern environmental concern with an old fashioned style of children’s book. Resulting in the best of both worlds .
The size of the book together with the delightful , very colourful and detailed illustrations make it ideal to read to a group of children .
A very enjoyable story which also includes a botany lesson .
Hints about other stories have made me curious about how Rory got his gumboots and how the unlikely alliance of the conniving fox and the hare came about.’ – Lyndl Nanos

‘This is a lovely story about the threat to the woodland creature’s habitat from men with machines. It is nicely written and moves along at an engaging pace. There are interesting characters like the two baddies, Fernando Fox and Horace Hare, plotting mischief and Professor Puffanwheeze who manages to save the day.’ – Celia Carlisle

‘Very atmospheric language, brought to life with excellent illustrations. A marked improvement on the first version – Danger in Noddinghead Wood. Can’t wait to find out about Rory’s other adventures. Get writing Eileen!’ – John Corkery

‘A heroic hedgehog that goes about in a pair of red gumboots. A mouse called Maisie and a badger called Badger. A sleepy owl called Oswald and a rabbit called Roberta. A tricky fox called Fernando and a professor called Puffanwheeze. Full of colour and great sounding words, this book is a visual treat for kids.’ – Alan McMonagle

‘A lovely book with beautiful illustrations.’ – A Reader

‘This is my daughter’s favourite book to read to her cuddly toys at night time. I think she likes the big pages and illustrations. It’s the sort of story I would have liked as a child, classic and engaging.’ – Jennifer Barrett

‘My grandchild loves to listen to the story of Rory Gumboots every time she comes to visit. She enjoys looking at the bright and colourful pictures.’ – Donie