Blooming tales in the Slieve Blooms

The 11th Annual Storytelling Festival gets underway this week and runs from Wednesday, October 9 to the 12.

The 11th Annual Storytelling Festival gets underway this week and runs from Wednesday, October 9 to the 12.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a festival of yarns, tales, legends, lies, poetry, music and fun is welcome to The Slieve Blooms, a landscape of mountains, valleys, glens, waterfalls, ancient paths and medieval castles, in the heart of Ireland, rich in music and folklore, is an ideal setting for a festival of storytelling, music, and song.

The stories that have been told for generations by the people who live on and around these mountains are bound up with the landscape, place names and the history of the area which stretches back to before the time of the druids, There are stories of invasions, plantations and rebellions, fairy lore and ghost stories, as well as the necessary yarns and tall tales which Irish people love.

Visitors to the Slieve Blooms will discover a new landscape of the imagination in these mountains and local people will rediscover the magic of the stories of their own place through the art of storytelling which will be brought to you by great storytellers, some local, who have all developed a keen interest in the revival of storytelling by featuring at the storytelling Festivals in Ireland.

Storytellers: Jack Lynch and Paddy O’Brien featuring local storytellers, musicians and singers from the Slieve Bloom

Programme: Wednesday October 9 - 10pm: Rambling House, Murray’s Pub, Ballybritt, Offaly On R421 between Kinnitty and Roscrea. Free

Thursday October 10 - 8pm: Roundwood House, Mountrath, Adms €15

Friday October 11 - 8pm Leap Castle, Offaly. On the R421 between Kinnitty and Roscrea Adms €15 ticket only

Saturday October 12 - 8pm Leap Castle, Offaly On the R421 between Kinnitty and Roscrea Adms €15 by ticket only

Sponsors at Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Leap Castle, Roundwood House, Laois & Offaly County Councils.