The Breagagh Saga

The Breagagh Saga

by Sean Hayes


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Leprechauns, fairies, enchanted wells, saints, sinners, beautiful children, and the heart and soul of the Gael are the main players on this tour down a river that is so much more than just a sentimental journey. The Author has captured the wit, wisdom, and will to triumph in this most unique collection of prose, poetry, stories, myths, legends, and modern day shenanigans that is Irish to the bone and Gaelic to the heart.

The Breagagh Saga is a timeless journey through the land of his childhood. His words will evoke tears of sorrow for tragedy and tears of laughter for the joy of a boyhood lived out in a wonderland where the salmon is the wisest fish in the river and Leprechauns search for Lilliput women for their brides.

Fantasy and reality are blended together so artfully that it is difficult at times to know where one begins and the other ends. You will be captivated by the stories told by your tour guides, Bags and Aeroplane, as they lead you along this wonderful river that runs through Kilkenny. They will teach you of the ancient ones and bring you forward into the modern reality of an international airport brought to its knees by an invasion of Leprechauns. It is filled with mischief, laughter, tenderness, human kindness, corruption, cruelty, and all those qualities that make up mankind.

This delightfully entertaining work fits into no genre except that of being totally Irish. Have a box of tissue near by as you read for you are sure to shed a bucket full of tears in laughter and in sorrow as you follow your guides down this enchanted river.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425987602
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 05/31/2007
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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The Breagagh Saga 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece Beti read the enchanted well. She wondered what was the tune playing within, not knowing what it was, she composed her own tune so taken was she by the story. Her description of the piece she composed to go with the story tells all anyone will ever need to know about this book. She called her tune 'Longing for union'... obeying the metaphor which states that every union we long to establish on the 'human' love the horizontal dimension, is really a desire for divine the vertical dimension it is the only love which one can fade into when enfolded in its mutual embrace. And disappear refers to one's entire mind vanishing into an experience wherein, at last, all suffering ends and complete contentment nests in your love humanly is an exercise in learning to love the divine...reality in fact...and to cease from all suffering!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only a mad Irishman could write a first novel with a name that is totally un-prounceable.. but he seems to be on the right track.It is not possible to draw a line between fable, fantasy and historical truth.I actually visited Kilkenny recently and visited some of the places mentioned in this wonderful collection of deep and fanciful encounters with characters both touched by God and sent by God.No-one can actually recommend a book or a cure, for what a book or a cure does for one person may hinder another... However, if you have any fantasy or any desire for knowledge of the quaint variety, then this is a collection of recollections that should not be overlooked. It is an insight into our present day society seen through playful and forgiving eyes that command the hand to write both fantasy and and truth with love and a touch of irony...his characters demand attention and suggest that all that carry-on about leprechauns and fairies could well have some fundament with regard to the Emerald Isle and its vivid ancient history (and equally vivid imagination).Your challenge is to discover where the one ends, and the other takes over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seanachie or storyteller in Gaelic is the one person who would captivate from the youngest of listeners all the way to the oldest person before them. The author has his Seanachie set before you gathered the grandest of stories and prose sure to delight you whether you're a girly-girl or the rough and tumble. Their journeys, their quests for love and fulfillment, their views of the world, are woven together to create an irresistible web. From the Welcome to my Valley you are hooked and you will find it difficult to set down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author will take you where Tolkien left off, his imagination has no bounds, his prose is electrifying, with humour he amuses you, with poetry he entralls you, with pathos, he will reduce you to tears, buy the book, it will be timeless in reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
A triumphant first book from a wonderfully creative new author. Each chapter transports the reader to a world of folklore, legend, fantasy and perhaps even truth. A 'must have' for every family library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading The Breagagh Saga was time well spent for me. The author has combined tales which must be from his childhood with all kinds of Irish myths and legends and even some American politics for a page turning adventure that kept me laughing or crying for three days. It would have been nice to have seen paragraphing in a different format but once you get used to that, it is an easy read. I especially loved the poetry included in the book. Somehow, the author can write something totally farcical about kids riding an ass into church during mass and the result of the 'donation' the ass made there and then write a piece of gut wrenching and powerful emotion about 'The Bridge of Broken Vows' and the treachery that has plagued the Irish people for over 800 years. This is a rare combination in an author. His creativity is multifaceted and totally engaging. His poem about Dervla may become an anthem to the Irish people who came to America and now so strongly represent the true 'Irish-American'. The poem has one meaning as written in the book but quite another to those of us who have Irish roots that took hold in America during the Great Hunger. Most of the book is in prose with just bits of the poetry scattered in it. Many, many of the stories are Oh! so funny and many of them will force tears of sorrow and frustration from the reader as they show the great cruelty visited on the Irish Catholic people in Ireland for so many years. Overall, the message in the book is one of hope and courage. No matter how terrible the poverty or discrimination, somehow the author finds humor and joy in the life of the Irish people. I hope you will enjoy this read as much as I have and sharing it with your friends. I've read several of the stories to my grandchildren and even they have enjoyed this very unique book. There seems to be some bit of wisdom here for folks of all ages and backgrounds. Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A perfect day, a lovely pint, a comfortable chair, and The Breagagh Saga. Let the author transport you through his life, his mind, his country, throw in a few leprechauns, a few legends one great love and you will never have a better day. Mesmerizing, enchanting, one of a kind book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intoxicating bitter-sweet concoction of humour and tragedy. This book evokes a haunting yet addictive blend of contrasting and contradictory emotions, which engrosess the reader from the onset. Whether you're an Irish native, Irish descendent or simply have an interest in all things Irish you will be left spellbound. I've never encountered a book like this before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read. This a page turner you never know what to expect next. Spell binding and heart wrenching, delightful in the extreme
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read! An enchanting, mystical, magical and marvellous journey. This author has a lot of heart and soul and is able to convey on paper his thoughts, feelings and dreams. Don't miss this one if you have any imagination or love for the land and people of Ireland!