After hours of production, zoom meetings and illustration, Dublin, Ireland, headquartered content company Ballywire Media has announced the release date for A Destiny Unfolds, issue one of the producers reimagined story of Maeve of Connacht.

The story illustrated by Thurles native Jennifer Ryan Kelly and written by Suzanne Stapleton will go on general sale online on Tuesday April 2nd 2024 but visitors to the Irish Gaming Market event at City North on March 30th will be among the first in Ireland to have the opportunity to purchase the first edition.

Thurles native Jennifer Ryan Kelly with the finished Maeve of Connacht issue 1.

While historians and archaeologists differ on whether Maeve was actually real or not, Ballywire’s reimagined heroine begins her journey on her 18th birthday when her father and herself don’t exactly see eye to eye over the surprise he planned for her. Spoiler alert. (Not the nice kind!).

Maeve of Connacht is a story rooted in the mists of ancient Ireland. An era shrouded in mystery because it went undocumented for millenia.

This is a story about a woman from the west of Ireland who was brave in the face of treachery, and who followed her destiny.

Maeve encourages us all to ‘question and be brave. Find your inner warrior. Find your inner Maeve.’

Ballywire founder and CEO Paul Collins with Lorraine Keane and O’Hea PR founder, Roisin O’Hea at the Maeve of Connacht stand in the RDS.

In addition to telling the creative story of Ballywire’s Maeve of Connacht at the Irish Gaming Market event a live show will also debut on the Main Stage giving insights into Maeve’s World.

A VR experience has also been created featuring original Irish poetry and music which will be available at the show for attendees to try out.

” I have been asked how many issues will there be in the Maeve series and my response is – let’s see how the first one goes! Our plan is to develop a universe called Aeroo which would feature great heroes from the Celtic past. The concept was introduced to trade buyers at Showcase 2024 in January and the feedback has been positive so fingers crossed that there will be plenty more episodes.’ says Ballywire founder and Maeve creator Paul Collins.

The 60 page issue one has been laid out by Minx Design and printed in county Louth by Anglo Printers and can be pre-ordered here.

Question and be brave. Find your inner warrior. Find your inner Maeve.

A Destiny Unfolds – the debut Ballywire graphic novel featuring Maeve of Connacht goes on sale next month.

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