Storytellers: The Gift of Gab & The Golden Tongue


Storytellers: The Gift of Gab & The Golden Tongue

From true history to pure Blarney, from Irish Heroes to the Wee Folk, from the Stories Told 'Round the Hearth to the Written Word, from Mouth to Ear,...storytelling has been as important in Irish Tradition as the passing on of music. Continuing this Tradition is vital. Join and Share.

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An Open Invitation

Many of us have fond memories of cold winter nights sitting before a fire and listening to an artistic rendition of a story. Sometime scary, sometimes amusing,...always captivating. Or perhaps it was sitting in a pub during a lull in the music, tossing a few back with your mates, sharing stories. Sometimes true, sometimes exaggerated Blarney,...always enjoyable. Or attending an oration of a well known storyteller with graceful language and impeccable timing. Sometimes full of wit, sometimes with touching emotions,...always interesting and entertaining. Or a great read of a favorite author (W. B. Yeats - Irish; James Joyce - Irish; Eddie Lenihan - Irish; Robert Burns - Scot; John Keats - English; Dylan Thomas - Welsh; etc.) or favorite genre (Fairy Stories [The Good People, The Wee Folk, The Other Crowd]; Folk Tales [Heroes & Villians], Poetry [The Misery & The Sublime]; History [of the Greats and of the lesser known, of Good Times or Bad Times, of families and local regions; etc.). There are collectors of "stories" out there that wish to continue and preserve this time honoured tradition. They, themselves, should be praised and honoured for their efforts.

Come and share with us some of your stories. The only restrictions are: keep it clean!!! Risque and adult is OK as opposed to outright dirty and using foul & offensive language. Be Witty, Be Creative, Be Amusing, Be Emotional. OR start a discussion, give opinions, be supportive & give praise. Have fun!!!

Discussion Forum

Who Are Today's Storytellers? or, How Are Stories Told Today?

Started by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez Apr 12, 2018. 9 Replies

When I close my eyes, I envision an elderly man (smoking a pipe) or woman (knitting something), sitting in a rocker by a hearth fire, on a cold winter's night, with a captive audience of family and…Continue

Labhraidh Loingseach (pronounced Lowry Lynshoch)

Started by Dulahan. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez Sep 24, 2014. 3 Replies

There was once a king in Ireland named Labhraidh Loingseach who had an unfortunate physical condition, in that, he had horse's ears. He managed to keep this a secret by growing his hair long in order…Continue

The devil and Bailliff McGlynn

Started by Kathleen O'Sullivan Billy Teare. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez Sep 24, 2014. 1 Reply

We are not great at the whole blogging, tweeting, posting and texting, so you work away the the discussion group. Will this help kick you off ? You may know of a ballad, collected by Sean O'Boyle and…Continue

A Cold Beer In Hell

Started by Harris Tobias Mar 30, 2014. 0 Replies

A Cold Beer In Hell© Harris Tobias 2013There’s a story they tell in KillkennyA story I think you should hearIt involves a local fellow named MurphyA wager, a contest, and beerOne day down at Paddy’s…Continue

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Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on October 31, 2013 at 13:04

(Continued from previous comment....)

With Christianity, the custom was changed into the "Begging of Soul Cakes (or Prayer Cakes)" where children and adults would come to peoples' homes and beg for a Sweet Cake in exchange for prayers for the deceased relatives abiding in Purgatory and awaiting release.

All in all, what we observe today as Halloween is a conglomeration of old and new ideas; influenced by ancient traditions and Christian values; re-interpreted by commercialism and businesses; turned into a "fun time" and celebration that allows people to be other than who or what they are; frowned upon by some,....trivialized by others.

As always, please feel free to add to this comment with your own observations, knowledge or beliefs. Again,....Oi'che Shamhna Shona Daoibh Go Lei'r !!! Slainte,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on October 31, 2013 at 12:51

Oi'che Shamhna Shona Daoibh Go Lei'r !!! (Happy Halloween, everyone !!!)

Today, October 31st, is the observed holiday of Halloween. However, the true observance will not come until next week, November 7th, when the sun enters 15 degrees of the constellation Scorpio.

"SAMHAIN" (pronounced Sow-un) literally means "Summer's End" and is the name (in Irish) for the month of November. "OI'CHE SHAMHNA" translates as Samhain Eve. In Olde Celtic (Pagan/pre Christian) beliefs, the year was divided into two halves: the Light Half & the Dark Half. SAMHAIN was/is the Irish Pagan Festival marking the beginning of the "Dark Half of the Year"/the end of harvest. So it's considered to be the beginning of the New Year (Happy New Year, everyone !!!). With the final harvest, people would take stock of the livestock herds and grain supplies, decide which animals would need to be slaughtered in order for people to survive the oncoming winter. "TINE CHNA'MH"/Bonfires (bone-fires) were built where the bones of slaughtered animals were thrown in. All other fires were extinguished and those attending the Bonfire would collect embers to relight their hearths with the common flame. Sometimes, two bonfires would be lit whereby people and their livestock would walk between them for purification.

Acknowledging the spiritual side of SAMHAIN, people would pay homage to their deceased ancestors and historical figures with "spirit food": an offering of the celebration meal,...setting a place for the dead to share in the food. In remembrance, the dead were honoured and welcomed. This time between MABON (the Equinox) and YULE (Solstice) was/is very powerful. The veil that separates the world of the living and the world of the dead grows thin, allowing the dead to walk the earth again to socialize with the living. Unfortunately, this also allowed some less savory characters of Irish Myth and Fairylore to become more active. Measures were taken to frighten off malevolent spirits and creatures, one of which was to dress in a scary way to scare off the bad spirits. The making of Jack-O-Lanterns (carving a lantern from a turnip; later in America this was change to pumpkins which were easier to carve) with the image of a face also was used to protect families and discourage evil influences from entering a house. There are many stories of the creation of Jack-O-Lanterns. These were attributed mostly to "Stingy Jack" (a real or ficticious character from Ireland's past) and his shrewd bargaining(s) with the Devil. In one story (after his death) he was told to leave hell (or bargained his release) and the Devil tossed him an ember from the eternal fires to light his way by being placed in a lantern carved from a turnip. In truth, carved lanterns go back to very early Celtic times, but the "Stingy Jack" stories are a treasure. Another noteworthy mention of this time of the year was that some people could more easily see into the future.

With the introduction of Christianity, many of these beliefs were modified to blend the strong pagan beliefs with the Church's doctrines in an effort to allow conversion to this "new faith" to be more easily acceptable by the common folk. November 1st became "All Saints Day" (which was originally observed earlier in the year by Roman Catholics) and November 2nd became "All Souls Day" (to satisfy the continuance of the centuries-old tradition of honouring deceased ancestors). The idea of "Trick or Treat" was originally a tradition of folks visiting neighbors where a "trick" was a "performance" (song, dance, etc.) rewarded by something to eat. (It wasn't until the custom came to America that the "trick" became something more sinister: give me something to eat OR ELSE........).

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Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on September 22, 2013 at 14:02

Today, for those who acknowledge or observe the "Old High Celebration Days" is MABON,....the Autumnal Equinox. It is the second Harvesting (and Slaughtering) Sabbat. The recent passing of the Harvest Moon, or Wine Moon, brings us to a joyful (hopefully) time of year when the gathering of the years' field work prepares us for winter. Grapes are collected from the vineyards and are pressed to make wine. Breads are baked in the shape of the sun and are combined with fruits and vegetables of the season. Livestock is slaughtered and prepared for our winter survival. Seeds are harvested and stored for spring planting. MABON is/was the Pagan Thanksgiving and elders were celebrated for all they have taught us. Enjoy this holiday and remember to give thanks for all that we have. Cheers,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on August 7, 2013 at 11:46

To ALL who observe or acknowledge the "Old High Celebration Days",....a joyful LUGHNASADH!!! The day, between the Solstice & Equinox, celebrates the beginning of Harvest Season, the baking of Bread for the Loaf Mass, the visiting to Holy Wells, and the Celtic god LUGH, the Craftsman god. Bring in the grains & fruit, enjoy the coming to the end of summer. Cheers,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on June 20, 2013 at 11:56

If and when you visit this group, stories are available for your perusal in the Discussion Forum or in the Page listing: "Stories,...Give It A Go". Come and check us out. You'd be very much welcomed. Cheers,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on June 10, 2013 at 14:42

Our first submission is from Kathleen O'Sullivan & Billy Teare, "The Devil & Bailliff McGlynn". A great story, and actually the motivating force behind the formation of this group. Read it on the Group Page. Well done Kath & Bill!!! Slainte,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on June 10, 2013 at 14:36

I like to extend an invitation to any and all TC members to join this appreciative group of Storytelling as a viable and important part of Irish Tradition, important as music and dance is to us all. Hope to see you there with your submissions and comments. Cheers,




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