160 episodes

Fireside is the Irish Storytelling Podcast. Kevin C. Olohan is your host and Fireside Bard. Every Wednesday, Kevin takes a story from Folklore or Mythology, gives it a fresh retelling, and discusses the story itself and the craft, culture and history of Storytelling. Whether you’re a folklore fanatic, or someone who just enjoys hearing a good yarn, you can always join Kevin by the Fireside.

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Fireside is the Irish Storytelling Podcast. Kevin C. Olohan is your host and Fireside Bard. Every Wednesday, Kevin takes a story from Folklore or Mythology, gives it a fresh retelling, and discusses the story itself and the craft, culture and history of Storytelling. Whether you’re a folklore fanatic, or someone who just enjoys hearing a good yarn, you can always join Kevin by the Fireside.

    158 - CLVIII - Granuaile: Powerful by Land and Sea

    158 - CLVIII - Granuaile: Powerful by Land and Sea

    In episode 158, Kevin continues his look at the legend of Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s Pirate Queen. In Part II, we hear of the vengeance for the death of a lover, the siege of a chapel, and the kidnapping of the grandson of the Earl of Howth, in the name of hospitality…
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    157 - CLVII - The Sea Maiden

    157 - CLVII - The Sea Maiden

    In episode 157 of Fireside, Kevin tells the folk tale of a fisherman who makes a bargain with a sea maiden - his unborn son for plenty of fish…
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    156 - CLVI - Granuaile - Ireland’s Pirate Queen

    156 - CLVI - Granuaile - Ireland’s Pirate Queen

    In episode 156 of Fireside, Kevin tells the first part of the story of Grace O’ Malley, better known as Granuaille - and of her rise to power in male dominated worlds of the land and sea…
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    Grace O’Malley book by Anne Chambers - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grace-OMalley-Biography-Irelands-1530-1603-ebook/dp/B00820UASM/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3E1ER4ST7DCOV&keywords=Grace+o+Malley&qid=1641379284&sprefix=grace+o+malley%2Caps%2C364&sr=8-3

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    155 - CLV - A Fireside Christmas II

    155 - CLV - A Fireside Christmas II

    In the second edition of A Fireside Christmas, Kevin gets you in the Festive spirit with tales and verse from Ireland, Denmark and America, with readings of Advent by Patrick Kavanagh, The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen and A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
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    • 37 min
    154 - CLIV - Gardensea: The Oystercatcher’s Loss

    154 - CLIV - Gardensea: The Oystercatcher’s Loss

    In episode 154 of Fireside, Kevin tells of the story of how the seagull stole it’s ability to swim from the naive oystercatcher - and how this tale and the lore of Duke Street, Dublin’s most literary street, inspired the poem from Kevin’s book Gardensea - The Oystercatcher’s Loss.
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    • 29 min
    153 - CLIII - Gardensea: Crios Weaver

    153 - CLIII - Gardensea: Crios Weaver

    In episode 153 of Fireside, Kevin tells stories of the seal and folklore of the sea, and how it inspired the poem from his book Gardensea - Crios Weaver. Also includes stories of his own grandfather and of the folklore of the badger.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

MargaretTheEngineer ,

Love it

I’m a prolific podcast listener, but this is the first time I’ve been moved to rate or review. I absolutely loved your first episode and can’t wait to hear more. You have a great story telling way about you, and show great preparation.

I think I’ve been living a parallel life, learning the few stories in school, then getting into the Greek and Roman and Mauri stories, then getting a few Irish folklore kids stories to read to my little boys, but I never got as far as you in researching our stories properly. I’m greatly looking forward to going on this journey with you.

By the by, in the giants causeway story I was told, the Scottish giant built the causeway during his flight of terror away from Fionn, but no explanation was offered to how he got to Ireland in the first place.

By the by the by, my 6yo son has to do a school project talking about a person from another country and another time. He’s a wee Irish boy in Australia, and I hope he picks Fionn after enjoying your first story so much.

Keep up the good work mate.

O’Shea ,

Great

This is a great way to learn, or even relearn, the vast body of Irish stories,

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