Rita competition

Rita competition

Help! Help!

A Witch!

(Colouring Pictures at the bottom of the page!)

The Witch! Out of Rita agus an Chailleach! She's after stealing all the colours! Who am I, you ask? Why Máire Zepf of course! Author of the Rita agus books.

And you can imagine my horror when I opened a Rita book one day to find all the pages turned black and white! Then I heard a Tee hee hee! and saw the Witch flying away with all the colours!

Well, I told my publisher An tSnáithaid Mhór straight away and my friends at Gael-Taca in Cork and together we came up with a plan: what if we ran a colouring competition? Maybe we could break the witch's spell if we got enough children to colour in Rita pictures? And our friends at Glór na nGael said they'd help by getting the word through social media! That just might work!

Well, as everyone got busy organising the competition, Rita and I tried solving the problem on our own. Sadly, one of her best friends has been feeling very poorly since the Witch stole all his colours. Poor Rita tried her best to set things right but, as you can see—crayons, pencils and paint brushes thrown everywhere—it's not easy colouring in a whole dragon and she had to give up in the end because she was so worn out from all the colouring.

Still, Rita's not one to give up without a fight and so she challenged the Witch to a wizarding battle. She made her own wand and everything and, see, clever girl, even managed to colour herself back in! But, alas, though she got in a few good shots, the battle ended in a draw and so that leaves us still in a fix, I'm afraid. 

Unless, maybe, you can help? All you have to do is print off one of the pictures below and colour it in.

Click these links to download colouring pictures:

Rita Colouring Picture 1 (Rita flying on a dragon)
Rita Colouring Picture 2 (Rita in a wizarding battle)
Rita Colouring Picture 3 (Rita tired out after trying to colour the dragon back in)


Or, if in Cork, Waterford, or Kerry, get a colouring picture at your local library!


If you don't have a printer at home, draw a picture of Rita instead!


Then send us your entry by:

  • Emailing a photo of it to eolas@gaeltaca.ie 

  • Returning your entry to your local library (if you live in Cork, Waterford, or Kerry).

  • Or posting it to Ionad Ghael-Taca, 22 Sullivan's Quay, Cork.

And don't forget to mention your name, age, and address!

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Cool prizes to be won for the best drawn and best coloured-in pictures!  

And who knows, maybe we'll meet someday as I'm planning a visit to Ionad Ghael-Taca in Cork once the world gets back to normal after lockdown. Come prepared to bust some moves as I may be running a ninja academy like the one I ran in the Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich in Belfast last year: https://vimeo.com/383724540.

Until then sayonara, Young Grasshopper, and best of luck,


Máire Zepf.

Maoinithe ag