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The Hounds of the Morrigan is a novel by Irish writer Pat O'Shea. It was published in 1985, having taken O'Shea ten years to complete. The novel centers on the adventures of 10-year-old Pidge and his younger sister, Brigit. Many characters in the book are culled straight from Celtic mythology. The book is intended for younger readers.

Plot summary

Pidge buys a book entitled A Book of Patrick's Writing and discovers that the book he bought is actually a prison for the evil serpent Olc-Glas.

The Morrigan wants the book so that she can absorb the evil of Olc-Glas and take over the world.

Characters from Celtic myth who appear in the novel


A review that was originally published in the University of Chicago's ‘’The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books’’ states that, "The prose is rather relentlessly ornamented, but the images are always concrete and, like the narrative, have vigorous strength."[1]


There is a sequel, which never was finished.[Citation needed]


  1. Sutherland, Zena; Betsy Hearne, Roger Sutton (1991). The Best in Children's Books, 1985-1990. University of Chicago Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-226-78064-3.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)


  • O'Shea, Pat; The Hounds of the Morrigan; Holiday House, Inc, First American Edition 1986

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