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Galician Urco and Irish Púca

Cervexa Suevia in Villagarcía de Arosa, Galicia, Spain, no longer produces Urco, a dark strong ale. Perhaps the graphic label on the bottle scared off the drinkers. The urco, from the Latin orcus meaning the Underworld, is a presage of … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tour in Spain February 2018

I was invited on short notice to tell Irish legends and folk tales at Teatro Bérgidum in Ponferrada, León, on 28 February, sponsored by the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (Official School of Languages) in the town. Two sessions: 6pm for … Continue reading

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New Kinney mosaic mural – Tír na nÓg / Oisín and Niamh

Among the late Desmond Kinney’s mosaic murals are the 1974 Setanta or Táin Wall (it’s the banner above; see that page on this blog) and the 1987 Sweeney Astray / Mad Sweeney (see the “Buile Shuibhne mural destroyed” entry on … Continue reading

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The Mayo Curse – Update Update

Latest update: Mayo lost again to Dublin in 2017 by one point — DUBLIN 1-17 MAYO 1-16. Mayo lost the (2016) rematch. It was a draw, and Paddy Power felt that since neither team played brilliantly bettors deserved a refund … Continue reading

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The Dream of Eithlinn

A Myth and Legend Spectacular Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 17-20 August 2016 When Aron and Sorcha Hegarty began their Irish myth and legend Candlelit Tales sessions at the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin nearly two years ago, the dozen or … Continue reading

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Story from Devon, England

Two sisters from Dartmoor in Devon reminisce about granny’s Christmas cake disaster. https://www.facebook.com/bbcspotlight/videos/705707666161401/?pnref=story

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MythFest 3-7 June 2015 – Trinity College Dublin

I went to all nine performances. Here are the highlights. Click on photos to enlarge. Homer’s Odyssey Penelope is leaving one of some 3000 voice messages to Odysseus asking when he is coming home. Blind Homer seated on right. Ahoy! … Continue reading

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Buile Shuibhne mural destroyed

Sweeney Astray, the mosaic mural at the Irish Life Centre on Abbey Street in Dublin, by Desmond Kinney, the same artist who made the Setanta Wall pictured above, was seriously damaged by a storm in February. When I saw it … Continue reading

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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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