Author Archives: Richard Marsh

About Richard Marsh

Bardic storyteller and author

Storytelling at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

The show was recorded for Dublin Community Television (DCTV) in July 2013. We were told it would be broadcast some time in 2014. Here is a photo of all the tellers. Some of the performances are available here. Note that the … Continue reading

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Wicklow Heritage website

I have a few stories on the website Our Wicklow Heritage under Places: Baltinglass: Saint Bridget’s Head Stone, Crossoona Rath (with an ogam inscription) and The Gates of Heaven.

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Dangers of Storytelling

A great giant came to Tara from a foreign land and demanded tribute or a fight with a hundred men from third-century high king Cormac mac Airt. He got three fights and killed three hundred of Cormac’s warriors. Cormac called … Continue reading

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Saint Kevin’s Cave

From time to time to get away from the crowds at Glendalough, Saint Kevin would walk twelve miles west over the hills via the Wicklow Gap to the village now known as Hollywood, where he stayed by himself in a … Continue reading

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At the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales is a village called Beddgelert, named supposedly for the saint whose grave (bedd) is nearby. But the popular version of the story is a localised variant of an international folk tale … Continue reading

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Ecuadorean storyteller statue – looking for information about him

This wooden carving was brought to Ireland some years ago from Ecuador. It is said to be a storyteller. What is the book for? Did he read stories? What are the containers on his back and in his right hand?

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The Killycluggin Stone – County Cavan

The original Iron Age La Tene-style Killycluggin Stone, now in the County Cavan Museum in Ballyjamesduff, is believed to be the idol known as Cenn Crúaich or Crom Crúaich, which could mean “bloody head” but I think means “head of … Continue reading

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The Big Snow of 1982

This video is from a Milk & Cookies session in Dublin, 2010. In support of the veracity, or at least verisimilitude, of this yarn, here are exterior and interior photos of the cottage I lived in at the time near … Continue reading

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Michael’s Morsel

Saint Patrick went to Tara to cure Lugaid son of Laeghaire son of Niall of the Nine Hostages of a “trouble”. Lugaid took a large piece of bread and swallowed it and it stuck in his throat. Patrick gave him … Continue reading

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The Hungry Tree

This tree that ate a steel bench is in the grounds of the 19th-century King’s Inns, Dublin, a college for barristers founded in 1541 by Henry VIII. It’s next to the vehicle gate on Constitution Hill. (King’s Inns is frequently … Continue reading

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