About the book

This Irish mythology tale begins with Laura Griffin – a timid, animal-loving, 11-year-old from the west of Ireland. When her pet lamb becomes gravely ill, she unwittingly calls for the help of a powerful Sidhe Goddess from an ancient realm. However, the youngest member of this mythical tribe decides to tag along too, and a magical friendship begins. But the Sidhe are in danger! The Féth Fíada - a violet mist that protects and sustains them, is fading. It can only be made when the sun and the full moon shine into the mound of Knowth at the same time on the equinox.
Strangely, one of the passages is blocked. With only hours until the full moon rises, Laura embarks on a perilous journey to save the Sidhe realm and her best friend, before they disappear forever. Laura soon discovers that there are darker forces at play - deadlier than she could ever have imagined…

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Meet the Characters

Many of the characters mentioned in ‘The Violet Mist’ are based on members of an ancient Irish race known as ‘An Tuatha Dé Danann’.  They each had their own special attributes and were held in such high esteem by the Irish people that they were regarded as gods and goddesses.

Emain Macha

Straits of Moyle

Lough Derravaragh

Tory Island

Inishglora

Lough na Suil

Loughrea

Knockma

Tír na nÓg

Newgrange

Trim

Kildare

Knowth

The Hill of Uisneach

The Hill of Tara

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Enchanting places to discover

The island of Ireland contains many magical sites associated with Irish mythology.

The story of The Violet Mist goes through some of these places in Laura’s journey to save the sidhe realm and her best friend.

Explore the map of Ireland on the left to discover the sites that inspired Siobhán when she was writing The Violet Mist.

Resources

Parents & educators

Find all the information on the book including school visits, glossary of terms

Celtic words explained

Learn the Celtic words used in the book, all explained in the glossary.

Siobhan Lally talks with publisher

Siobhan on the ‘Director’s Couch’ with Susan McKenna from Book Hub Publishing, the largest independent publishing house in the west of Ireland. Siobhan met Niall from Book Hub just before the lockdown in 2020 It was the first time she had shown ‘The Violet Mist’ to anyone. She was over the moon when Niall and Susan agreed to publish her book. After many zoom calls, edits, re-edits, and much support from the team, the book was officially launched to the public in 2021.

Reviews

I thought your book was spectacular because you're a brilliant author and when you end a chapter you end it with a cliff hanger.
Rian Kelly
I absolutely loved your book because it had a lot of Irish mythology in it, and lots of Irish history.
Róisín
I love your book The Violet Mist. I loved reading it, it's a lovely book.
Aoife Madden
I would like to say your book is a 10 out of 10, you put so much effort into the book. All the best to you and your family for creating this book.
Patrick Carty
The Violet Mist not only took us on an adventure throughout mythical Ireland, but also throughout the Primary School Curriculum, where thematic teaching and integrated planning was made seamless.
Allie Glennon
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