About The Author

Debbie is a Mam and a Nana. She lives near our Wishing Tree in Dublin. She owns a little dog called Fudge and walks him daily on the Bull Wall, usually as the sun is coming up, her favourite time of the day. Debbie has spent the last 25 years working with children and has multiple awards for her work. She knows the value of storytelling for children and, over the many years that she worked with To Children With Love in orphanages, has supplied thousands of books to children far and wide. One of her favourite memories of her orphanage years was sitting with little ones before bedtime with the snow falling outside the window and the children’s sheer delight at hearing their first bedtime story. She believes magical books should be a vital part of every childhood. She loved writing the book and has since written a version of it for older children. The Tree by the Sea is her first children’s book.

She began writing The Tree by The Sea, but it needed the magic of illustrations, so Bronagh Lee, a talented young local Illustrator, agreed to put paints to paper and made the book come alive.

Between Debbie’s words and Bronagh’s illustrations, The Tree by Sea is a simple book, full of imagination and fun, with a strong message about our beautiful natural world and its importance. Hopefully it will bring more children to see the wonderful Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere, where most of the animals on the tree are from.

Debbie watched Tommy Craggs for months carving the big old cypress tree overlooking Dublin Bay after he was brought from the UK to rescue it.

She was fascinated with the animals appearing through Tommy’s gifted hands, and so an idea was borne in her imagination about the animals coming alive at night to grant wishes made during the day by the many children that visit the tree.

About The Author

Debbie is a Mam and a Nana. She lives near our Wishing Tree in Dublin. She owns a little dog called Fudge and walks him daily on the Bull Wall, usually as the sun is coming up, her favourite time of the day. Debbie has spent the last 25 years working with children and has multiple awards for her work. She knows the value of storytelling for children and, over the many years that she worked with To Children With Love in orphanages, has supplied thousands of books to children far and wide.

One of her favourite memories of her orphanage years was sitting with little ones before bedtime with the snow falling outside the window and the children’s sheer delight at hearing their first bedtime story. She believes magical books should be a vital part of every childhood. She loved writing the book and has since written a version of it for older children. The Tree by the Sea is her first children’s book.

Debbie watched Tommy Craggs for months carving the big old cypress tree overlooking Dublin Bay after he was brought from the UK to rescue it. She was fascinated with the animals appearing through Tommy’s gifted hands, and so an idea was borne in her imagination about the animals coming alive at night to grant wishes made during the day by the many children that visit the tree.

She began writing The Tree by The Sea, but it needed the magic of illustrations, so Bronagh Lee, a talented young local Illustrator, agreed to put paints to paper and made the book come alive. Between Debbie’s words and Bronagh’s illustrations, The Tree by Sea is a simple book, full of imagination and fun, with a strong message about our beautiful natural world and its importance. Hopefully it will bring more children to see the wonderful Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere, where most of the animals on the tree are from.

Thank You

I would like to extend the biggest, warmest THANK YOU to the magnificent people from around the globe who translated all our animal facts into so many beautiful languages.

A little butterfly flapped her wings on the tree and a storm of goodwill has followed. I am honoured to include so many people’s efforts into this little project.

Adam Franke: Our clever, young book critic.

Adeen Linnane: Our magical window dresser who will recreate The Tree by the Sea in the windows of our two shops this Christmas.

Aidan from iGuide Mobile Application: Aidan generously donated our App. We know we stretched him beyond breaking point – sorry about that Aidan!

Ambassador Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador Therese Healy, and Ambassador Ronan Gargan: Their interest and support was wonderful.

Amy Creighton and Jodi Trehy: Their donation of talent, love and typewriter noises weaved its own magic. We will try to get your audio version across the world, as Amy suggested.

Anne Bruen: Anne allowed us to use her beautiful photos of the real tree.

Baldoyle Print: John, was just brilliant to deal with.

ChildVision: Derval Healy such a pleasure to work with and to understand the reading world of visually impaired children.

Damien O’Connor: I need to find something else now to email you about, possibly the next book! And thanks for the heads up that there was no Cabra on the map!

Ellen Nagle: The perfect schoolteacher to advise me on my text.

Fearghas MacLochlainn, Roisin Ni Cheallachain, Fil agus Mairtin O’Dubhghaill: I am in awe of the kindness and talent that comes from Connemara whenever we need anything.

Keith McDonnell: Extreme Ireland’s wise owl.

Kevin Hughes: So creative and so easy to work with. No wonder Willomena Webster is always talking about you!

Leslie Moore from Dublin City Council: The support is much appreciated.

Lorraine Bull and Dean Eaton of Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership: They kept us on our toes, and who knew that there were lizards on Bull Island!

Mary Kennedy: Always a rock, always so generous with her time and words for our work. A very special person to have launching my book.

Proinsias Mac an Bheatha: Who allowed us to use his lovely photos.

SuperValu: The sponsor who brought The Tree by The Sea to life.

The Translators

Afghan (Dari) – M Haroon SAFI

Chinese – Chen Dandan

Cyrillic Serbian – Nikoleta Novak

Dutch – Micheil Hoefsmit

Egyptian Arabic – Kim Al Fayed and his Dad Monnie

Filipino – Eduardo Rubi

French – Sabine Poyer

German – Shane Brady

Hungarian – Bernadett Szabo

Irish – Roisin Ni Cheallachain

Italian – Giovanni Mecca

Maori – Val Carter and Te Kauri

Polish – Anna Solowska

Portuguese – Vanessa Leone

Russian – Egor Zubets

Spanish – Rosa Guzman

Swahili – Elaine Bannon

Swedish – Vincent & Bitten Browne

Ukrainian – Natalia Sindhu

Vietnamese – Victor Vladovich (who facilitated the translation)

Thank You

I would like to extend the biggest, warmest THANK YOU to the magnificent people from around the globe who translated all our animal facts into so many beautiful languages.

A little butterfly flapped her wings on the tree and a storm of goodwill has followed. I am honoured to include so many people’s efforts into this little project.

Adam Franke: Our clever, young book critic.

Adeen Linnane: Our magical window dresser who will recreate The Tree by the Sea in the windows of our two shops this Christmas.

Aidan from iGuide Mobile Application: Aidan generously donated our App. We know we stretched him beyond breaking point – sorry about that Aidan!

Ambassador Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador Therese Healy, and Ambassador Ronan Gargan: Their interest and support was wonderful.

Amy Creighton and Jodi Trehy: Their donation of talent, love and typewriter noises weaved its own magic. We will try to get your audio version across the world, as Amy suggested.

Anne Bruen: Anne allowed us to use her beautiful photos of the real tree.

Baldoyle Print: John, was just brilliant to deal with.

ChildVision: Derval Healy such a pleasure to work with and to understand the reading world of visually impaired children.

Damien O’Connor: I need to find something else now to email you about, possibly the next book! And thanks for the heads up that there was no Cabra on the map!

Ellen Nagle: The perfect schoolteacher to advise me on my text.

Fearghas MacLochlainn, Roisin Ni Cheallachain, Fil agus Mairtin O’Dubhghaill: I am in awe of the kindness and talent that comes from Connemara whenever we need anything.

Keith McDonnell: Extreme Ireland’s wise owl.

Kevin Hughes: So creative and so easy to work with. No wonder Willomena Webster is always talking about you!

Leslie Moore from Dublin City Council: The support is much appreciated.

Lorraine Bull and Dean Eaton of Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership: They kept us on our toes, and who knew that there were lizards on Bull Island!

Mary Kennedy: Always a rock, always so generous with her time and words for our work. A very special person to have launching my book.

Proinsias Mac an Bheatha: Who allowed us to use his lovely photos.

SuperValu: The sponsor who brought The Tree by The Sea to life.

The Translators

Afghan (Dari) – M Haroon SAFI

Chinese – Chen Dandan

Cyrillic Serbian – Nikoleta Novak

Dutch – Micheil Hoefsmit

Egyptian Arabic – Kim Al Fayed and his Dad Monnie

Filipino – Eduardo Rubi

French – Sabine Poyer

German – Shane Brady

Hungarian – Bernadett Szabo

Irish – Roisin Ni Cheallachain

Italian – Giovanni Mecca

Maori – Val Carter and Te Kauri

Polish – Anna Solowska

Portuguese – Vanessa Leone

Russian – Egor Zubets

Spanish – Rosa Guzman

Swahili – Elaine Bannon

Swedish – Vincent & Bitten Browne

Ukrainian – Natalia Sindhu

Vietnamese – Victor Vladovich (who facilitated the translation)

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