Galway couple launch fourth book in popular children’s series

Carina Ginty and John O’Connor

Carina Ginty and John O’Connor

Captain Cillian, the bi-lingual sea faring adventurer, takes once again to the high seas of Ireland in the latest instalment in the series released today.

Captain Cillian Pirates Ahead Adventure is the fourth title from the Captain Cillian stable that has sold over 4,000 books since launching a year ago, and is written and designed by husband and wife team Carina Ginty and John O’Connor.

Both fun and educational, each Captain Cillian story takes children aged 3 to 9 years old on a journey of discovery where they enjoy swash buckling adventures while exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, discovering ocean facts and learning key words in the Irish language. At the end of each adventure there is a quiz, puzzles, and some creative playtime activities. In the latest Captain Cillian Pirates Ahead Adventure, Captain Cillian ventures further afield and sails from Bundoran in County Donegal along the Irish coastline encountering pirates, poison, cannon balls, bridges, giants, and treasure.

Living and working in Galway, Carina and John were inspired to create the Captain Cillian characters after their sons Cillian and Breen were born. Author Carina germinated the idea for the books in 2008 when she was completing a PhD in GMIT examining the value of marine tourism in Ireland and how children are engaged from an early age with the sea.

Since launching the book series in October 2015, the Captain Cillian books are not only a nationwide success but have been shipped to families based in the UK, US, Australia, Asia, Dubai as well as several other European destinations.

Self-published and distributed by O’Briens Press, the Captain Cillian franchise is available online at and is available in many book shops nationwide.



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