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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

A Posy of Wild Flowers

I enjoyed this book particularly because I love flowers! I will be doing some research on the wildflowers named in this book to see which ones will thrive in my area. The illustrations are enchanting—each one has a fairy in the midst of the wildflowers. Makes me want to have both wildflowers and fairies in my yard! The cover art is right in line with the rest of the book—restful colors and theme. – Alice Cauble

Delightful poems of wildflowers in A Posy of Wild Flowers. every poem was lyrical to read and flowed off the tongue. The illustrations by Angela Corkey were gorgeous. This book I will keep close to hand to lift my spirits. – Patricia Stinson

I enjoyed ‘A Posy of Wild Flowers’ by Eileen Moynihan. It is such a brilliant idea to talk about wildflowers of Ireland in a picture book full of poetry. The illustrations are beautiful. And children will get the information about how the flowers look and what are they used for in lyrical floating poems.
As an author of picture books with photographic illustrations myself, I was very touched to read how this book was born. Watching Margaret O’Driscoll flower photographs evoked the idea of writing a children’s book with poems about flowers and trees. And together with the author’s sister who is an illustrator, the three of them sat together and finally this wonderful book was born.
Lieve Snellings

Beautiful from cover to cover. Congratulations to Eileen Moynihan and everyone that was involved. I love it my granddaughter loves it. GREAT TEAMWORK – Katherine Shanahan

This book is wonderful for the imagination. It reels you into a world of fairies and woodland magic. It’s informative too, I love how there’s a little bit of fact and history woven into the child-friendly verse. The illustrations are just beautiful, so colourful and enticing. Anselm loves looking at them, trying to find the fairies amongst the flowers. It is a beautiful book, anyone with children interested in the countryside should have it on their shelf.‘ – Margaret Coyne

‘Congratulations on the publishing of your poetry book ‘A Posy of Wild Flowers.’ Such a beautiful collection of poetry. Each line is bursting with colour and imagery and the delicate illustrations add to the magical atmosphere of each poem. I feel that the poems are three dimensional as it’s as if I’m walking through the woods pickng flowers and then arranging them in a jar at home or that I’m on a cliff discovering and  admiring.’Esther Göbl Uí Nualláin 

‘A Posy of Wild Flowers is a beautiful illustrated book of poetry for children of various ages.Very young children will delight in the colourful pictures while the nature filled verses will open up a world of wonder for older children. Also an ideal book to be shared with adults in the family as it sparks the interest of all with it’s informative vivid pictures of each flower presented.Loving the bit of Gaeilge with the Irish translation of the name of each flower.My children Grace and Ryan enjoyed this book and it has become a firm favourite for our night-time read.’ Laura Cannon

Dipping Into The Font

Of all the available genres, I find poetry books the most difficult to review. After all, almost every page is a story in itself and neither is every poem penned in the same style. ‘Dipping into the Font’ is very much a case in point.

Initially, I struggled with it. Most of the poems were structured in such a way that seemed to make little sense. It took a few pages before it all fell into place – ignore the rigid structure of the lines and read to the punctuation. Reading some of them as simple prose was transformative – an over the rainbow moment when black and white becomes technicolour. Once I’d kicked myself for being an idiot, I went back to the beginning.

In the end I found that I disliked a few, liked most, and very much enjoyed some others. ‘Loose Moose’ is the sort of total nonsense that really tickles me, so I had to chuckle at it, whereas ‘Falling Between the Lines’ was very poignant and thought provoking. Both were my favourites and couldn’t be bettered.
To solve the problem of rating the book, all I could do was average out the good, the bad, and the indifferent. I was rather surprised that I came up with an average of four stars – very high for me with this type of book. Well done Eileen Moynihan.’ – S.P. Muir

‘I enjoyed this book and these poems very much. I was surprised how many touched me deeply. I started dog-earring the pages of the ones I liked best and by the end of the book I had folded over quite a few page corners.
I believe this is the first book of poetry I’ve ever purchased and owned. It’s high time I added some poetry to my shelves. This lovely book will grace my shelves.’ – Nancy
Kuykendall

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