Freckles the Elf is sprinkling Christmas magic on the Global Irish community

By Grainne McCool

The story of “Freckles The Elf Christmas Magic In Ireland” is about a little boy called Shaun and his family who leave New York just before Christmas for a new life in Ireland.

His parents having left during the recession are returning “HOME” to a new Ireland, a land of growth and possibility. Through this magical story, we discover how we are all part of a greater global family and how each kind act will help Santa find us all on Christmas Eve through his magic #GPSChristmasHeartbeat computer.

But will it transmit from Ireland? Will Santa find Shaun on Christmas Eve? Can Freckles The Elf and her new Irish friend Mulligan succeed in their mission to deliver an unforgettable Holiday season for Shaun and his family in their new Irish home?

A native of Donegal, Evelyn Mc Glynn the author of the new family Christmas book penned it as a direct result of a tradition that has been in her own family for over 20 years.

Evelyn said, “I read a Christmas story on Christmas Eve to my family and have done since my first son was born 27 years ago.

“We have some really fond memories and it’s become a lasting tradition in our home and one that will hopefully be carried on through future generations.

We add the year and date to each Christmas Eve book and store safely for those future generations I spoke about.”

Her three adult children, now in their 20s, still enjoy their family tradition but have now added a tradition of their own when they meet up with old friends home for Christmas in the local pub later on Christmas Eve.

With so many Irish relocated throughout the world, many having settled in a new country with families of their own, Evelyn hopes this book will bring the magic of Christmas and Ireland right into their own front rooms and provide an opportunity to create memories and traditions with those close to them, while sharing  “Freckles The Elf Christmas Magic In Ireland ” during the festive season.

A short,  but powerful read , delivering ten minutes of Christmas magic while encouraging families to take time and make memories.

The illustrations were provided by recently graduated Donegal designer Jenny Yourell, greatly adding to this heart-warming book and beautifully hand drawn during her summer internship, fulfilling her dream to illustrate her very first children’s publication.

Illustrator Jenny Yourell, Freckles the Elf herself, and author Evelyn McGlynn
Illustrator Jenny Yourell, Freckles the Elf herself, and author Evelyn McGlynn

The theme of  “charity” and “belonging” within the book was crafted in collaboration with Irish Minister of state for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh. Minister McHugh was happy to offer a foreword for the book and shared Evelyn’s vision in encouraging a sense of giving, to those who read the book.

Minister McHugh says: “The characters in this book are Global Irish and they portray all the Irish people who live abroad and who represent and live the strong values of community, family, charity and global citizenship.

“Ireland and its people are known for these values and I think this book shows off the best of this.”

A contribution from every book sold will go to The Aisling Irish Centre New York to help assist Irish immigrants in their transition to life in the USA.

Evelyn fostered a sense of connecting community and networking throughout by inviting Lottie Dolls, The Irish Fairy Door Company, Sligo Institute of Technology and Irish business to work with her on the project. Friends , family and local community also helped craft this book.

Freckles The Elf was officially launched yesterday in Letterkenny and judging from the huge numbers in attendance, Freckles is set to make her home far and wide this Christmas.  

Having received this Christmas book people around the world can post photos, videos and comments about Freckles on their social media accounts using the hash tag #FrecklesTheElf and #ChristmasMagicInIreland ensuring the Irish Diaspora worldwide can share in the magic “Freckles The Elf Christmas Magic In Ireland” will bring this holiday season.

To buy your copy, go to and happy reading this holiday season.

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