Date: Kinnitty Castle County Offaly – Thursday 16th of October, Clonaslee Heritage Centre County Laois – Friday 147th of October, Ballaghmore Castle, Dublin Road, Borris in Ossory County Offaly – Saturday 18th of October
Location: Slieve Bloom Mountains of Laois & Offaly
About: The Slieve Bloom Storytelling is ready and raring to go. The event happens over three days & four nights, beginning on the 16th running until the 18th of October. This year’s festival will include a rambling house session of fine food and stories at Roundwood House in Mountrath; the much loved annual night of ceol, craic and caint at Leap Castle and a gala night of stories and song at the parish hall in Aghancon on the Offaly Tipperary border. In between the nocturnal events, storytellers will visit up to 20 schools in the Slieve Bloom region. “We have a very exciting line-up,” Frank Bergin of the Slieve Bloom Rural Development Society explained. “The programme includes well know Kilkenny storyteller, entertainer and singer Jim Maher. Jim has taken his songs and stories all over the world and we are delighted to have him here for the Slieve Bloom Festival.” Also on the ticket this year Cork tale-teller Pat Speight. Pat Specialises in traditional folk tales, and frighten the life out of any audience. Pat has spent time as a storyteller – in – residence with Cork County Council and also played to audiences in the UK, continental Europe and the U.S. As usual local singers, storytellers and musicians will also played an essential part in the festival. The four-night event opens at the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnitty with a rambling house session. A special feature of this year’s programme is an evening of stories and song that includes a three course meal in the gracious surrounds of Roundwood House in Mountrath. For more information and booking is available by contacting Frank Bergin on 087-2857271, Hannah & Paddy Flynn of Roundwood House on 057-8732120.
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