Written by Heminie Templeton Kavavagh
Illustrated by Ted Schluenderfritz
Published by Sophia Institute Press 2002 (with minor revisions to original text)
Paperback 149 pages
Initially released in 1903 and the inspiration for the 1959 Walt Disney movie, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People, ” this novel is told through chapters that could be read individually as short stories. The story is set in Ireland and includes the story of Darby O’Gill’s sojourn in the mountain home of the fairies, when he wins his freedom (and fairy gold) from King Brian Connors. Other chapters include “How the Fairies Came to Ireland, ” “Darby O’Gill and the Leprechaun, ” and “The Adventures of King Brian.” The final chapter, “The Banshee’s Comb, ” is a fantastic tale in which Darby must match wits with the banshee and her ghosts, or meet his doom.