This year the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and Patricia Scanlan worked with New Island publishers to develop a new Open Door book called ‘LEGENDS’.

Order ‘LEGENDS’ for your centre here


LEGENDS is a non-fiction book with stories from some of Ireland’s greatest sports stars. The stories are written in plain English for new and emerging adult readers.

The inspiring stories are drawn from bestselling autobiographies and other first-hand accounts from well-known sporting legends across a range of sports. These include Ireland’s first female rally car driver to Olympic winners to GAA, rugby, horseracing and athletics stars across the country. It was jointly funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Legends Matter

LEGENDS is accompanied by a free workbook – Legends Matter. The workbook will have reading and writing exercises, puzzles, quizzes and other learning activities around the sporting stories. NALA is using QR codes throughout the workbook to direct people to additional content, information and resources online.

View Legends Matter

LEGENDS and the Legends Matter workbook will be provided for free to adults who are currently attending courses to improve their reading and writing skills. Order your ‘LEGENDS’ for your centre here. The books are also being sent to all libraries in Ireland.

We hope that these resources will be of interest to people who are enthusiastic and passionate about sport and that it might support and inspire people to improve their literacy skills.

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