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Tell Me a Story with Eddie Lenihan

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EACH month storyteller Eddie Linehan shares Irish wisdom and stories from the past on the Tell Me A Story podcast, recorded from his home in Crusheen.

Eddie Lenihan is one of Ireland’s most well-known storytellers. He has been telling tales now for 35 years. As a cultural preservationist, Eddie has amassed the largest collection of folk stories and tales in Ireland.

His dedication to the tradition has seen him collect and compile stories from all across the country, particularly those that deal with the themes of the supernatural, fairies, and mythological heroes.

Episode six came out today (Wednesday). In this episode, Eddie looks back on how he was first introduced to storytelling and collecting in Brosna in Co. Kerry.  He explores the importance of passing down stories from one generation to the next, and how it preserves our cultural and traditional beliefs. 

The previous five episodes delve in to tales of the traditions and legends that surround the festival of Samhain; An introduction to Biddy Early, the bean feasa, the “wise woman” of Clare; Animals in Irish Folklore and their importance in storytelling; St Brigid – one of the Patron Saints of Ireland; And defiant Irish women in Irish folklore like Máire Rua McMahon from Co. Clare, and her trials and tribulations with her various husbands.

Listen to the podcast here: https://shows.acast.com/tell-me-a-story-with-eddie-lenihan/episodes/episode-6-the-art-of-collecting

You can find Tell Me a Story with Eddie Lenihan on various streaming and podcast apps such as Acast, Spotify, Stitcher, Youtube, etc.

The series is produced by Philip Murphy and John Lillis, and features music by Clare Sands.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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