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Aspects of Ireland -
Folklore Events


cogar - ireland's provinces
Storytelling has formed a very important part of the history of Irish society. Before the invention of such items as the television, people innovated to create their own entertainment. They would gather in each others homes in the evenings to hear a seanchaí, or storyteller, recount incredible tales of magic, deeds of love and legends of evil. While the need for this tradition has diminished, interest in it still remains high.

Below we have gathered details on some folklore events which take place in Ireland during the year. The information on these events has been seperated according to the province in which the activities take place.

Historically, Ireland has been divided into the four provinces of Connaught - Connacht, Leinster - Laighean, Munster - Mumhan and Ulster - Uladh. Connaught is located in the west of Ireland, Leinster in the east, Munster in the south and Ulster in the north.


  Connaught - Connacht
- An Béal Oscailte, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo  
  This is an annual festival of storytelling which is held in October.
No details for 2001 are available yet.
  full details here

  Leinster - Laighean
- Ár mBreacha, Camolin, Co. Wexford  
  A storytelling evening is held here on the first Tuesday of every month.
  full details here
- Dún na Sí, Moate, Co. Westmeath  
  An international folklore group is based in the centre, where they stage seasonal concerts/events.
  full details here
- John Keegan School, Heritage House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois  
  The John Keegan Millennium weekend commemorates the writer, poet and storyteller John Keegan, and takes place from 5th - 6th October 2001.
  full details here
- National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7  
  The National Museum has a storytelling festival every year, and also has a Sunday programme of events which occasionally includes storytelling.
- Scéalta Shamhna takes place for the month of November.
- Sunday Programme "My Museum" occasionally features "Siúlach Scéalach" storytelling for children
  full details here

  Munster - Mumhan
- Cape Clear Storytelling / Scéalaíocht Chléire, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
  Storytelling on the southernmost of all Irish islands!
23 - 24 March 2002
  full details here
- Lough Gur Storytelling Festival, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick  
  The annual Lough Gur festival usually takes place at the end of October.
  full details here
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