Gods Don’t Cry: Unsung Stories of Ireland’s Forgotten Immortals

By Ellen Ryan, Illustrated by Conor Merriman

Ancient stories that challenge modern notions 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.

Author: Ellen Ryan
Format: Hardback
Ageband: 9 to 13
Release Date: 26 Oct 2023
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-0-00-864691-2
Ellen Ryan is a UCD master’s graduate, trained in journalism, with a ten-year youth-comms career based in the UK and Ireland. She is a features contributor to the Irish Independent and other publications. She has a passion for Irish myth and loves to visit archaeological sites (though she always brings a raincoat). Along with her husband and daughter, Ellen is lucky to live by the sea in Ireland’s County Wicklow, where she can keep an eye out for sea gods.

”'Gods Don't Cry is a fascinating, hugely-enjoyable, incredibly accessible journey into Irish myth. I loved it.” - DEREK LANDY