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Welcome to the magical world of Ballyyahoo.

rainbow over the Burren illustrating a children's stories pageIf you’ve never heard of Ballyyahoo before it’s not really surprising!

You see, Ballyyahoo is a tiny place, carefully hidden in a secret location on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Nobody, apart from Ballyyahooians, know exactly where this magical place is, but if you looked carefully you just might find it at the other end of this rainbow.


There are only fifty people living in Ballyyahoo and they are called Ballyyahooians.

So if you come back here often you’ll soon get to know them all.


For a start, there’s Biddy the crime-fighting witch.

Biddy seems just like any other ordinary woman. She does ordinary things like Zumba dancing and eating lots of her favourite roasted peanuts.

But Biddy’s not ordinary at all because what the other Ballyyahooians don’t know is that Biddy is a real live witch.

A witch who keeps Ballyyahoo safe by flying around the skies on her magic vacuum cleaner.

She keeps Ballyyahoo safe from gougers, gurriers and other assorted troublemakers who just might find their way from the dreaded town of Ballyuseless.


tabby kitten looking up illustrating a children's stories site about the magical world of BallyyahooThen, there’s Maggie-many-cats, who as you might suspect has a house full of cats.

But, Maggie’s not just an ordinary crazy-cat-lady and her cats are not just ordinary cats.

It’s taken years of careful practice, but Maggie’s cats can play musical instruments.

Drum, for example, can pound out a great beat on the bodhrán.

Wiggie can play the cat’s claw and cheese grater, and even Gizzie can meow a tuneful melody or two.

Between these three and the rest of Maggie’s cats, they make an amazing catorchestra.

Sergeant Sid is the local policeman. He doesn’t have much to do because most of the time there is no crime in Ballyyahoo.

That means Sid gets very, very bored and when Sid gets bored he makes up new laws as he goes along.

Some of those laws are completely bonkers like wearing odd socks on a Tuesday or eating crisps on a Wednesday. You can read about Sergeant Sid here.

What Sergeant Sid doesn’t know is that there’s a reason why there’s no crime in Ballyyahoo. It’s all because of Biddy, the crime-fighting witch.

In fact, very few people know about The Witch of Ballyyahoo, but one person who suspects the truth is a girl called Lucy.


Lucy wants to be a detective when she grows up, so when she heard a rumour about a witch, she decided she’d start looking for the truth.

You can read about Lucy’s search for the Witch of Ballyyahoo here on Witch-Watch.


Ballyyahoo is as close as you can get to nature. It has and beaches and bays, woodlands and hills.

You can read about the magical nature of Ballyyahoo here.

brown donkey illustrating children's stories from Ballyyahoo

There is lots of wildlife in Ballyyahoo.

If you like creatures of all varieties there are lots of them in Ballyyahoo there are swans, donkeys, frogs, hares and deer and much more.

To read about the creatures of Ballyyahoo click here.

There are lots of free stories, plus photographs of the wildlife and nature of Ballyyahoo on this site. So get clicking right away – have fun!

If this is your first visit to Ballyyahoo you might like to start by reading episode one of Witch Watch.

Best wishes,


P.S. I really love hearing from readers, so if you have any questions or comments please write in the comments box below. I always write back.









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6 Responses to Home

  1. Clodagh May 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Hi to everyone in Ballyyahoo!

    • Grace Jolliffe May 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Clodagh, long time no see! Thanks for dropping by.
      Have a great weekend
      Grace x

      • Denise Baxter Yoder September 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

        A wondrous place to enjoy and explore….this description leaves my imagination wanting to hear and see more!!!

        • Grace Jolliffe September 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

          Hey thanks for the comments, Denise. I am so glad you found the way to Ballyyahoo – come again!

  2. Kiera-Ava McCarthy Age 6 December 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Thanks so much for my book,I absolutely LOVE IT .My favourite cat’s are ,Florrie ,Dorrie,Catleesha. My Nana brought me Maggie Many Cats for Christmas when she came to stay thank you for signing the book for me X

    • Grace Jolliffe January 14, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi Kiera-Ava
      I am so glad you love the book – those cats sure are fun to write about.
      Best wishes

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