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David K McDonnell

Adults, Festivals, Children


Seasonal, prepared to travel nationally and internationally.

I travel to Ireland as often as possible. My schedule is flexible but need some advance notice for an event. I’m also available for an extended period of time, if such is required as a “storyteller in residence” or similar type gig.


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.


David practiced law in Detroit, Michigan for three decades before he retired. He now devotes his time to his writing and storytelling.

He is the author of two books and is hard at work on his third. ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland won three international book awards and universally positive book reviews. It is a series of stories of an Irish clan which tell the history of Ireland in an entertaining, easy-to-read fashion. David’s second book, Buy The Horse A Guinness (& Other Wee Tales of Ireland) is collection of eight short stories, each of which are in his repertoire of oral stories.

His third, tentatively entitled An Erin Odyssey (To A Field of Maize), is an historical fiction story of an Irish family forced to flee the island. They arrive in the United States on the eve of the American Civil War. It will be published sometime in 2023.

001 248 330 6957

David K McDonnell
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