Eileen O’Faolain, née Gould, was born in Cork in 1902. She married Sean O’Faolain in 1927.
Her children’s books include The Little Black Hen (New York, Random House, 1940); The Children of the Crooked Castle (Dublin, The Talbot Press, 1945); Miss Pennyfeather and the pooka (illustrated by
Norah McGuinness, New York, Random House, 1946); Miss Pennyfeather in the Springtime (Dublin, Browne & Nolan, 1946); King of the Cats (Dublin, The Talbot Press, 1941/New York, Morrow 1942, illustrated by Nano Reid); The Shadowy Man (London, Longmans, Green & Co, 1949); and The White Rabbit’s Road (London, Longmans, Green And Co, 1950).
Her volumes of Irish myths and legends are Irish Sagas and Folk-Tales (ill. Joan Kiddell-Monroe, London, Oxford University Press, 1954), with 35 editions published between 1954 and 2005 in 4 languages; High Sang the Sword (illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, Oxford University Press, 1959).
She died in Dublin in 1988.
Eileen O’Faolain at Word Cat Identities
Eileen O’Faolain at The National Library of Ireland