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Storytelling Directory

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Aideen McBride

Aideen McBride

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Aideen grew up in Co Carlow with a rural background and is now living in Dublin with her family. Her stories range from traditional tales and rural tales, to newly created stories.

Barry Feely

Barry Feely

Adults

Barry has performed at the Boyle Arts Festival, Mohill Storytelling Festival, Portnoo Donegal Festival and San Francisco Folk Concert.

Cillian Brennan

Cillian Brennan

Adults, Children, Festivals

Cillian tells the stories he’s heard and the ones he’s made up. The style and substance thereof is tempered to the special interests of his audience and runs the gamut from myth and legend to anecdote and yarn taking in the classic, the contemporary and the cracked.

Colin Urwin

Colin Urwin

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs, Virtual

Described as '..keeping alive the tradition of the Seanchaí', Colin Urwin is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Co. Antrim. He is well known locally and performs at venues and festivals all over Ireland, the UK and further afield.

David K McDonnell

David K McDonnell

Adults, Festivals, Children

Folk tales, yarns, legends, and original stories. David is creative and flexible in his approach to presentations and strives for full audience participation. David’s stories draw upon Irish history, culture and folklore, with his vivid imagination and wry sense of humor added to the mix.

Frances Quinn

Frances Quinn

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Frances has a teaching and acting background. She has told at the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and to an extensive range of audiences in settings both very formal and completely informal.

Helena Byrne

Helena Byrne

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Helena Byrne’s unique Irish Storytelling & Song performance will bring magic, laughter & festivity to your event.

Joe Brennan

Joe Brennan

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Joe has been telling stories and facilitating workshops full time for over 15 years, having worked in radio and as a teacher previously. He has worked across Ireland and travelled widely bringing the joy of his telling to a wide range of audiences and cultures.

Len Graham

Len Graham

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Len is one of Ireland’s best known traditional singers and has appeared at numerous Irish and International Folk, Literary and Storytelling Festivals.

Máirín Mhic Lochlainn

Máirín Mhic Lochlainn

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Developing the craft of story-telling is a mission for Máirín and she has conducted workshops in story-telling throughout Ireland, Wales and Denmark.

Nuala Hayes

Nuala Hayes

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Nuala has a broad repertoire of folktales, legends and myths, connected mainly but not exclusively with Ireland. She has adapted suitable stories from literature, including stories by Mary Lavin.

Pat McAuliffe

Pat McAuliffe

Adults

Pat has performed 'Original Stories' all over Ireland and England with the Rambling House.

Philip Byrne

Philip Byrne

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Philip has been telling stories and training Irish Tour guides in all aspects of our heritage for many years. He has a great love and respect for the folklore of not only his native Co.Wicklow but for all Ireland.

Senem Donatan Mohan

Senem Donatan Mohan

Adults, Children, Festivals

Senem Donatan Mohan is a storyteller from Turkey living in Ireland. She holds a PhD degree in natural sciences. Besides her science career, Senem worked as a performing artist, director and dramaturgist in many art projects since 1998.

Sorcha Hegarty

Sorcha Hegarty

Adults, Children, Festivals

Sorcha has been researching and contemporising mythology with the Bard Summer School for several years, finding multiple versions of ancient stories and synthesizing them into an accessible, coherent whole.

Yoshio Takahata

Yoshio Takahata

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Yoshio Takahata is Japanese. He studied Irish folklore UCD in 2010. Every summer he comes to Ireland (especially Connacht) to gather local tales .He attends NUI Galway Irish language courses at the International Summer School every summer.

Namaya the Jazz Poet/ Storyteller

Namaya the Jazz Poet/ Storyteller

Adults, Festivals, Children

Namaya internationally renowned Jazz poet, storyteller, humourist and sublime improvisational artist. He has performed throughout the US and has toured in Europe, New Zealand, Japan, Asia, the Americas and Palmyra Syria.

Aindrias de Staic

Aindrias de Staic

Adults, Festivals

Aindrias tells a wide range of stories, which often involve audience participation. His sense of humour, creativity and adaptability captivate audiences.

Batt Burns

Batt Burns

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Batts repertoire includes Folk tales, myths, verse and recitations.

Clare Muireann Murphy

Clare Muireann Murphy

Adults, Children, Festivals

Clare Muireann Murphy works fulltime as a storyteller, teacher, trainer and consultant. Born in Dublin, Clare has lived in Spain, Galway, America and London.  Now based in Bristol, UK she has performed in more than 20 countries around the world. 

Colum Sands

Colum Sands

Adults, Festivals

Colum is a world renowned song-writer and singer. He will be known to storytelling enthusiasts from his appearances at festivals such as Cultra, Courtmacsherry, Cape Clear and Scéalta Shamha.

Doreen McBride

Doreen McBride

Children, Adults

I love traditional Irish stories because they have been honed over the centuries and would not have survived if they had not been good stories. They can be trusted never to do harm. I particularly love old humorous stories. 

Francis McCarron

Francis McCarron

Adults, Children, Festivals

Francis tells a wide range of stories ranging from tales of Irish heroes and villains, through fairies and folklore, to stories about local characters who Francis knew and met.

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

ack has much experience in schools, libraries, hospitals and prisons throughout Ireland. He works regularly in the National Museum at Collins Barracks and in Dublin psychiatric hospitals.

Kate Corkery

Kate Corkery

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Kate has travelled widely and has taught English, French and Spanish throughout Ireland, Europe and East Africa. As a storyteller she works extensively in the UK and Ireland in schools, libraries and theatres.

Liam Murphy

Liam Murphy

Adults, Children, Festivals

Folk tales, myths, scéalta, legends, world tales, some original but mostly traditional.

Madeline McCully

Madeline McCully

Adults, Special Needs, Festivals, Children

Madeline tells Myths, Legends, folktales and historical stories. With special needs and Alzheimer’s audiences she uses reminiscence stories  to help them relate. She also plays the autoharp with songs that can be used in all of these situations.

Órla Mc Govern

Órla Mc Govern

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Órla Mc Govern is a professional Performer, Improviser, Facilitator and Writer based in Galway. As an actor she has performed in major theatres worldwide including Ireland, UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. She has featured in Film, TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic.

Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Pat has a wealth of experience in storytelling, having told at festivals worldwide including Ulster Storytelling Festival, Cultra; Ulster American Folk Park Storytelling Festival; To Shorten the Road, Storytelling Festival, Derry; Festival at the Edge, Shropshire and a host of others throughout Europe and America.

Randall Stephen Hall

Randall Stephen Hall

Adults, Children, Special Needs

Stephen tells myths, legends and original material. He is known for his version of The Giant’s Causeway Story which he presents in an interactive way to primary, secondary school and special school students

Seosamh Ó Maolalaí

Seosamh Ó Maolalaí

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Seosamh is a real Dub – his mother is a Coughlan from Cork and his father was a Lally from Roscommon!

Seosamh spent 17 years, from 1983 to 2000, telling stories in Dublin’s public libraries – in Coolock, Donaghmede and Ballymun.

Steve Lally

Steve Lally

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Steve Lally has worked as both an artist and storyteller throughout Ireland for over fifteen years. He has been involved in many storytelling based projects over the years dealing with a diverse range of subjects

Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards

Adults, Children, Festivals

Traditional Irish, International and original self-written stories which can be tailored to the needs of the audience. All ages catered for, stories interspersed with traditional music on low D and D whistle

Balor Otherworld

Balor Otherworld

Adults, Festivals, Children, Special Needs

Combining folklore, history and heritage, Balor connects the stories to weave complex
Otherwordly narratives for the audience. Stories are adapted to suit the needs of the
audience and to immerse them in the experience.

Aron Hegarty

Aron Hegarty

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Aron’s style of telling stories is theatrical and big yet immersive and he can adapt to any size of an audience. He will grab the attention of both young and old… but be careful, he might not let it go!

Catherine Brophy

Catherine Brophy

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Catherine Brophy was born and reared in Dublin. She trained and practised as a teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator. She has also travelled the world.

Colin Durling

Colin Durling

Adults, Children, Special Needs

Folk tales, legends, the supernatural, tales of the weird and wonderful, the wise and foolish.

Daria Walsh

Daria Walsh

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Daria grew up in a family of Storytellers. Daria has performed at many events and festivals throughout Ireland.

Fra Gunn

Fra Gunn

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Fra has taught and performed in schools, theatres, libraries, museums, community centres and festivals throughout the five ancient provinces of Ireland as well as at events in Scotland, England, Wales and Slovenia.

Gerry Burke

Gerry Burke

Adults

Gerry has performed his own one-man show for the past 8 years and can tailor it to most occasions/venues. He has performed in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and the US – in folk clubs, pubs, theatres and at Irish festivals.

Janice Witherspoon

Janice Witherspoon

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Janice has a wide repertoire of Irish and Scottish myths, legends and folktales.

Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

Adults, Children

Kate has much experience in schools and libraries and also tells stories for adult groups such as WIs, professional and business women's associations, parent groups and more.

Liz Weir

Liz Weir

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Liz has thirty years of storytelling experience and was the first winner of the International Storybridge Award for “exemplary work in promoting storytelling between Ireland and other countries”.

Maria Gillen

Maria Gillen

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Maria is the current Storyteller in Residence for the Kerry Writers Museum.  She is a well known Bean An Tí (Irish Session Host) on the Irish Storytelling Circuit.  She loves listening to stories and will tell a story at the drop of a hat. 

Pádraig (Paddy O'Brien) Ó Briain

Pádraig (Paddy O'Brien) Ó Briain

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Born in Co. Kerry, Paddy O'Brien is a natural storyteller who has appeared at Storytelling festivals all over Ireland. He has been a featured teller on many occasions at the world-famous Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival.

Pat Speight

Pat Speight

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Pat has told stories from Cork to Tennessee, Belfast to Montreal, North of England to Sardinia and many places in between. He has told stories to groups of two to 1200. Please visit his webpage.

Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh

Adults, Children

Traditional Irish, Spanish, Basque and international legends and tales.

Simone Schuemmelfeder

Simone Schuemmelfeder

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Simone is a German storyteller, writer and teacher based in Dublin. She grew up in a small town in Germany close to the Fairy Tale Road where the Brothers Grimm collected their stories.

Vincent Pierse

Vincent Pierse

Adults, Festivals

Vincent specialises in humorous Irish tales from the fireplaces of Ireland. He will transport you back in time with stories of blacksmiths and journeymen, when preparing for the station or the return of 'yanks' was the social event of the year. Vincent's side-splitting stories will definitely entertain and amuse.

Masako Carey

Masako Carey

Adults, Virtual, Children, Festivals, Special Needs

Masako Carey tells stories in schools, libraries, and community venues with people of all ages and abilities. Her increasing repertoire of traditional Japanese tales includes those which are both comical and serious, and she also tells tales from around the world.

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