Launch of two new Scéal Trails for Summer 2022

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Welcome to dlr Scéal Trails, an initiative of dlr Libraries. New for Summer 2022 we have two brand new Scéal Trails to be discovered in dlr County. Kindly supported by the Creative Ireland Programme.

You are invited to follow the stories, page by page, from beginning to end, just like a book, as you walk with your family and friends. There are 13 boards for you to find and read on your walk in Cabinteely Park and 14 boards to discover in Bracken Road Parklet, Sandyford.

Dodos are Not extinct from author and illustrator, Paddy Donnelly.

Psst! Hey you! Can you keep a secret? Dodos are NOT extinct! In fact, if you look extra closely, you might be able to spot other extinct animals . . . like woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose. There are 14 boards of Dodos are Not extinct Scéal Trail for you to discover on your walk in Bracken Road Park.

With thanks to YeeHoo Press for permission to use as a dlr Scéal Trail.

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator and author living in Belgium. He has illustrated 11 picture books, and his debut author illustrated picture book, The Vanishing Lake, was part of the Scéal Trail in 2021. His work has achieved international acclaim as he was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2022 and shortlisted for The World Illustration Awards. With a fondness for illustrating the sea and animals, Paddy loves working in a textured, painterly approach, and tries to inject a touch of humour to his work wherever he can. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.

dlr Libraries hosted Paddy's book The Vanishing Lake as a Scéal Trail in Dundrum Library outdoor space, in Bracken Road Parklet, Sandyford as well as in dlr LexIcon during 2021.


Naturama by Michael Fewer, illustrated by Melissa Doran. This breathtakingly exciting new book introduces you to Ireland’s flora and fauna with every changing season. Discover the magic of nature right on your doorstep, from the back garden to the local park and the countryside. Read the Summer section in our dlr Scéal Trail and find the complete book at your local library. Find Naturama Scéal Trail in Cabinteely Park.

With thanks to Gill Books publishers for permission to use as a dlr Scéal Trail.

Michael Fewer enjoyed thirty years as an architect and academic, receiving awards in two Church Design competitions and in the International Architectural Competition for the Development of the Bay of Tangier in Morocco. He was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland when, in 2000, he took up writing full time. He has written twenty-five books since 1988, on history, travel, architecture, the natural world and countryside. He was a consultant contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Ireland and has written and presented packages on RTÉ television and on RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany.

Melissa (now Culhane, formerly Doran) is an Irish artist who is passionate about nature. She illustrated the best-selling wildlife books Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal. Melissa has degrees in animation, architecture and a masters in digital media technology. A Quack Too Far, her graduate short animation, has toured in festivals worldwide and can be watched online on her website. Her latest animation, Keep Going, Little Snail, is due for release in 2023.

**Further locations for dlr Scéal Trails coming! Look out for Dodos are Not Extinct in Shankill library and

Naturama in dlr LexIcon outdoor space from end June.


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