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The Witch Of Ballyyahoo

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If you like adventure, you’ll love Ballyyahoo.

Ballyyahoo is a tiny Irish town that’s hidden somewhere along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s so well hidden that only those who live there know exactly where it is.

Unless you like having amazing adventures around the wild Atlantic coast then there’s not much to do and nowhere to do it.

There are beaches and bays, mountains and fields, woods and forests and lots of animals too.

Most kids love living in Ballyyahoo, except one, his name is Gerry…Gerry Mac.

cartoon of a boy on a gate - illustrating children's stories by Grace JolliffeGerry Mac is bored, and since he’s bored, he spends most of his time swinging on the gate.

If he wanted to, Gerry could just get off the gate and go find adventure, but Gerry’s too lazy to get off the gate.

So Gerry swings on the gate all day long wondering why he’s bored.

But Gerry’s not the only bored Ballyyahooian.

RUMOURS AND SCANDALS

Ballyyahooians love a good story and often make them up.

Some of these stories are true, but not all.

Since Ballyyahooians are great story tellers it’s hard to tell which stories are true and which are false.

They all agree false stories are fun stories so there’s always lot of rotten rumours and silly scandals going around the town.

But, when Gerry hears the rumour of the Witch of Ballyyahoo, he starts to wonder…

Could it really be just a rumour? Or could the rumour be true? Could there be a witch in Ballyyahoo?

CRIME IN BALLYYAHOO

cartoon of a donkey with headlights - illustrating children's stories by Grace JolliffeMost Ballyyahooians say that you shouldn’t spoil a good rumour with the truth.

Gerry begins to see some strange goings on in the quiet lanes of Ballyyahoo.

He realises that these strange goings on might be the work of a witch.

But he also realizes that he’ll never find out the truth –  unless he gets off the gate.

Soon, Gerry learns that a crime is going to happen and that’s a really strange thing – there’s never any crime in Ballyyahoo.

Because there’s no crime in Ballyyahoo, even Sergeant Sid gets bored, and when Sergeant Sid gets bored, people have to watch out, be careful, mind themselves and take care.

Because when Sergeant Sid is bored he starts making up crimes – silly crimes like having no lights on a donkey, looking crooked, or picking hazelnuts without a license.

MAGICAL HELP

But the crime Gerry hears about is not the type of crime that usually happens in Ballyyahoo, nothing to do with donkeys, lights, or hazelnuts.

No, it’s a terrifying crime that starts with a big knife and a big burglar – a horrible crime that might just end in murder.

Someone has to stop this crime and for once Gerry gets off the gate and stays off the gate.

He desperately tries to stop this crime but soon he realizes he’s all alone.

He needs help – actually he needs more than just ordinary help, Gerry needs magical help.

If anyone ever needed a witch in Ballyyahoo, it was now.

But is there really a witch in Ballyyahoo and if there is, will she be a good witch? Or, a bad witch?

Find out the truth and read The Witch of Ballyyahoo.

 

Grace Jolliffe is an award-winning writer who lives in Ireland on the wonderful, Wild Atlantic Way. She loves writing, nature and gardening and her stories are inspired by the natural beauty of her Galway environment. She aims to encourage children to read and love nature. Her children’s stories have been broadcast on RTE Radio One in Ireland

The Witch of Ballyyahoo book poster illustrating children's stories by Grace Jolliffe

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