Thursday 23 October 2014

Plenty of tales at storytelling and folklore festival in Sneem

Published 13/11/2013 | 05:36

Pictured at the Young Tellers Storytelling at the second Sneem International Storytelling and Folklore Festival were, front, from left; Rachael Murphy, Sneem; Aisling Burns, Cork; Mattie O’Sullivan, Blackwater. Back, from left: Colm Van assen, Sneem; Tadhg Ó Siochirú, Tuosist and Kian Regan, Ardfert.

NOT EVEN the rain could dampen the spirits of those in attendance at the second annual Sneem International Storytelling and Folklore Festival, which took place over the weekend in the town.

The centuries of oral tradition and storytelling in south Kerry were celebrated during the weekend and Rosie Crouch, PR and Social Media Officer at the festival, says that the feedback from those who travelled from Italy, Germany and Switzerland was great.

"We had comment cards and asked 'Is there anything we can improve?'

"The only answer on them was simply 'The weather'," said Rosie.

The weekend for those wanting to explore Ireland's ancient oral tradition had many events on the card, including adult and children's storytelling workshops, a storyteller's pub trail, hill walks and historic site tours.

There was also the 'Story Swap', where members of the public swapped stories with each other on the Village Green over the weekend.

The weekend was captured by cameras from the Ireland West Music TV station and is set to air on the channel (191 on Sky) at 9pm on December 12. The weekend's events are also set to be broadcast on the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) across America but the date has yet to be finalised.

"The response to our publicity this year has been overwhelming, with people travelling from not only the US and UK, which we expected, but France and even Australia," said Grahame Crouch, Secretary of the festival.

"Last year we didn't know what to expect so we were just relieved that people were interested in our festival.

"This year, once again, went beyond expectations so the future looks bright."


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