Book Size: 9.7" x 7.4"

Pages: 272

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623716745

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Ages: 9-12

Release date: Summer 2024


Gods Don't Cry

Unsung Stories of Ireland's Forgotten Immortals


$ 26

About this book

A bold and brilliant collection of ancient stories that challenge the modern notion of what it means to be a hero.

The ancient gods of Ireland were once worshipped throughout the land. Powerful and brave, they were unafraid to show their vulnerability, reject violence, or lean on others for support. Sadly, their stories—passed down by our ancestors—are all but forgotten.

Gods Don’t Cry reawakens these gods, whose ancient tales redefine modern ideas of what it means to be a hero. From Mannanán, who uses his neurodiversity to discover the Otherworld, to Méiche, who finds the courage to accept his illness, Fer Maisse, a monster slayer who gives up glory to become a healer, and Cnú Deróil, who overcomes bullies with his musical talent. Hurlers and warriors, academics, and activists—these are gods of many abilities, sizes, and skin shades, from every corner of Ireland.

Follow their adventures as they perform magic, battle demons, overcome struggles and find the courage to be true to themselves. You might even see yourself in their stories and discover, that you too, are a hero.


About the author

Ellen Ryan is a UCD masters graduate, trained in journalism, with a ten-year youthcomms career—based in the UK and Ireland She is a features contributor to the Irish Independent and other publications.


“A treasure trove of thrilling tales and positive male role models…A collection of stories about classic Irish heroes reimagined for modern readers…Each entry is bookended by a beautiful, dramatic, full-color portrait and a page about the hero, including information such as his relationships, power, appearance, treasures, interesting facts, his name’s meaning, and a place to visit. The stories include empowering role models…This work is an original and enticing addition to folklore shelves.”
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