Monday 16 January 2017

Sneem's very own talking shop with a difference

Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh takes to the stage to indulge his brand of storytelling
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh takes to the stage to indulge his brand of storytelling

Apart from winning All-Ireland titles at a rate that sickens the rest of the country, Kerry has always been famous for its storytellers.

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The art of the seanchaí, as perfected by Eamon Kelly on RTé radio many moons ago, is being revived next weekend at the 4th Sneem International Storytelling and Folklore festival.

The organisers have descried it as "a pulse-quickening, funny-bone-tickling, imagination-prickling weekend of storytelling and spoken word activities." Can't beat that, now can you?

On Saturday night, it will have a GAA dimension when Micheál ó Muircheartaigh, Weeshie Fogarty, Pat Spillane and Tony Hanahoe take to the stage to indulge in their own brand of storytelling from their many and varied personal experiences

Now, the nights may be long but probably not nearly long enough to cater for that quartet, once they get into full flow.

It sounds like a great idea. Indeed, it's one that other counties might consider with different guests, such is the depth of GAA folklore.

Irish Independent

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