In December 2015, I launched the first title 'Stormy Sea, Learning Adventure' in the Captain Cillian children's book series. Captain Cillian is an Irish seafaring explorer who takes children on a learning adventure around Ireland. The books apply four learning themes: Explore Ireland; Discover Ocean Facts; Learn Irish; Create and Play. They are packed with Irish and Ocean facts, with key Irish words from the stories and their phonetic sounds. Readers get a real sense of our coastline and what lies beneath and on the seashore with this fun Irish seafaring character.
The Ireland Adventure Gift Box is aimed at the gift market as well as an engaging Irish learning resource for the classroom. The product has a special appeal with families in Ireland and the Irish living around the world, who would like their young families to connect and learn about Ireland, marine life and the Irish language in a fun way. In 2017, Captain Cillian was a finalist (Top 5 in Ireland) for an all Ireland Marketing Award, top Irish product ideas in Ireland. In 2018, Captain Cillian was awarded an All Star Accreditation in Ireland for Childrens Education Through Irish.