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Cities around the world will be lit up in green for this years St Patrick's day celebrations. People will wave Irish flags and listen to Irish music. There will be parades navigating through the packed streets of various cities all in the celebration of Irishness.

Oh Danny boy will be sung, badly, many times. There is bound to be many references made about the Leprechaun.

When St Patrick's day festival is in full swing there will be costumes, hats and thick plastic black belts holding in green waistcoats. Small pots oft gold will be replace handbags in some circumstances. And all in good fun! Some will mimic the Irish Leprechaun for he is Ireland's best known fairy.

But how much is actually known about the elusive Irish Leprechaun.

On the eve Ireland of its most famous celebration, let's take a closer look at the industrious little sprite.

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The hound of Chulainn, An Irish wolfhound

Cú Chulainn's Boyhood Deeds

Cú Chulainn is the best known hero from Irish legend. This is a  story that every child growing up in Ireland has heard in one shape or another.  Cú Chulainn's legend has rang throughout the Ulster cycle all the way through to modern day Ireland. Before there  was a champion of Ulster, there was a boy named Setanta

Richard Marsh

The Children of Lir

Here is, without a doubt, one of the best recitations of the children of Lir that can be found. Many people have heard this tale of jealousy and deceitful treachery, and yet it is a tale that we hold close to our hearts.

The children of Lir is one of the most well known Irish Legends

Aideen McBride
Etain as a butterfly that was blown on the fairy wind by Fumnach, wife to Midir

The Wooing of Étaín

In stories regarding the otherworld there is usually magic involved. This magnificent tale of destiny is completely intertwined with both love and magic. Of course it being an Irish folktale this magic rides on the back of jealousy with its sole purpose being to rattle the destined path.

Aideen McBride

The Changling of Glascar

As children we were told "you be good or the fairies will take you away". Our parent's threats may have been idle and a mere echo of old stories nearly forgotten.

This is an example of one such story about a young girls encounter with the 'Good Folk'

Steve Lally
Kildare Fold Tale, The Legend of Queen Buan

The Legend of Queen Buan

This is the story of the Queen of eternity, Queen Buan. She was the wife on the High King of Leinster and is buried in Mainham in County Kildare.

This story is one of full of adventure, bravery and of course sorrow.

The book showing the story of Oisin and Tir na nOg

Oisín and Tír na nÓg

This could be the widely known  of Irish Legends. The story of Oisín, and his journey to the land of Tír na nÓg with his fairy Niamh.

This tale also has the addition of when Oisín met and lived with St. Patrick.

Richard Marsh
Where the fern seed is collected, on midsummers nights.

The Wizard Earl of Kildare

It is said that to become invisible you must collect fern seed on midsummers eve. Here lies the Earl of Kildare's story of how he wanted to go unseen to human eyes. And by doing so  how he came to encounter the "good folk".

The Hill of Tara, associated with Lugh Lamfada and the Tuatha De Danann

The Fate of the Sons of Tuireann

This is quite simply one of the best stories Irish mythology has to offer. A tale of odyssey and emotion that deserves to be delivered by only the best of storytellers. And so we bring you Aideen Mc Bride.

Aideen McBride
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Sharing out the Souls

Here is a light hearted tale that is great to share amongst friends, ideally around a campfire of a dimly lit fireside.

This is an original Irish tale translated by folklorist Michael J. Murphy.

 

 

 

Deirdre of the Sorrows

Also known as The Deirdre Story and Clann Uisneach this tale is about a strong woman who will not have her fate written by somebody else. Even if he is the king.

This may be well know tale and retold in many places, by many people, in many ways but none can live up to this version by storyteller Aideen McBride

Hungry hall's white woman. Art by Steve Lally

The Hungry Hall

Here Steve Lally tells a 19th century story from his locality of Rathcoffey in County Kildare. An area that had many missing children at the time this story arose. In this tale of terror we will find out more about the area and of course, the missing youngsters.

Bran and Sceolan at Kildare Village

Fionn mac Cumhaill's Grey hair

This is a combination of light tales about the hero Fionn mac Cumhaill. Fionn is known for having big hounds named Brean and Sceolan. This is the tale of how Fionn's 2 loyal hounds were also his cousins and in a story and how the Fenian hero came to have grey hair.

Steve Lally Aideen McBride Steve Lally Richard Marsh
Mórrígan

Here is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best collection of stories about the great Queen Morrigan, also known by other names, such as Badb, Macha and sometimes Banshee. The Goddess of War, protector of heroes, the essence of Ireland. The last standing figure of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Morrigan's representative here, is the magnificent storyteller Eamonn Keenan. Anybody else simply wouldn't do.

Eamonn Keenan
Fairy tree for the changling of glascar

The Fairy Tree

This original story may very well be Steve Lally's finest. It is well known that the Whitethorn belongs to the little people despite who's land it is on. Willy Spud Murphy does not share this opinion and his following actions anger the Fairies in a regrettable fashion.

Steve Lally
Poetry by Steve Lally

POETRY; by Steve Lally

Steve Lally's recantation of 2 poems from old Ireland. 'The Navvy Shovel' by Donegal poet Patrick MacGill.

 

And 14th century poem 'The Dead at Clonmacnoise'  by Aongus Ó Giolláin

 

The Pooka Horse

The Pooka Horse is a mighty Folktale from Kildare. This story encapsulates many of the great elements of great traditional Irish storytelling, adventure, enchantment, terror, humour and of course a bit of caution when dealing with 'The Good Folk'

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