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An tSnáthaid Mhór is an independent publisher of illustrated content for children of all ages. 

Jimín Mháire Thaidhg: Standardised and kerry versions now on sale!



Jimín Mháire Thaidhg

It is with great pleasure that An tSnáthaid Mhór announces the release of the greatest classic of  Irish Language children's literature, published for the first time in this new unabridged and illustrated edition. Finally you will now be able to appreciate the true genius of 'An Seabhac'  for the first time with all fifteen chapters.


All our titles are also available from the following distributors:


tel: 00 353 01 6616522   Email: ais@forasnagaeilge.ie


tel: 00 353 01 6210310  Email: info@iesltd.ie




An tSnáthaid Mhór was established in 2005. This was as a result of husband and wife team, Andrew Whitson and Caitríona Nic Sheáin happening upon some wonderful and less well known Irish fairy tales in the Folklore Department of University College Dublin.


With their rich and poetic narrative and vivid imagery, the stories stirred the couple as they felt they had discovered jewels from their past which they now felt compelled to restore and present to a wider audience through a modern telling.


An tSnáthaid Mhór directly translated into English means ‘ the big needle,’  a poetic way of describing the dragonfly. The traditional beauty and fresh light of the dragonfly epitomises the ethos of this small independent publishing house. It’s shape, like a long needle weaving its way back and forth through the reed beds just as An tSnáthaid Mhór weaves new cloth of story from ancient threads of telling.


Wether old or new, An tSnáthaid Mhór celebrates books for children wishing to contribute with its own statements of innovation and modern design, moulding stories and tales that reach out to stir and satisfy in a way that is fresh and compelling.



1. To enhance curiosity and play in a non threatening manner.

2. To develop respect and mutual understanding.

3. To promote and develop healthy relationships.

4. To encourage independent thought and self belief.

6. To explore the world around and develop learning for life.


Druine seansnáithe fíonn éadach úr

Weaving a new cloth of story from ancient threads of telling