61 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.

    63: Episode LX: The Faeries on Judgement Day

    63: Episode LX: The Faeries on Judgement Day

    This week on Fireside (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 60: The Faeries on Judgement Day.
    A return to Irish folk tales this week as we tell a story from County Clare, where the most viscous faeries live, and the story of why they’re so...
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 30 min
    62: Episode LIX: The Táin Part VI – Ulster Rises

    62: Episode LIX: The Táin Part VI – Ulster Rises

    This week on Fireside (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 59: The Táin Part VI – Ulster Rises.
    It’s the finale of The Táin – The greatest epic in Irish Mythology. Ulster finally rises from its Birthing Pangs and enters the fray. Who will win in the final battle?
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 34 min
    61: Episode LVIII: The Táin Part V – Ferdia at the Ford

    61: Episode LVIII: The Táin Part V – Ferdia at the Ford

    This week on Fireisde (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 58: The Táin Part V – Ferdia at the Ford.
    In the climatic fight of The Táin, we meet Ferdia, Connaught’s greatest warrior and Cú Chulainn’s beloved brother in arms. But what will happen when they are forced to face each other in Single Combat?
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 42 min
    60: Episode LVII: The Táin Part IV – The Warp Spasm

    60: Episode LVII: The Táin Part IV – The Warp Spasm

    This week on Fireisde (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 57: The Táin Part IV – The Warp Spasm.
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 37 min
    59: Episode LVI: The Táin Part III – The Morrígan

    59: Episode LVI: The Táin Part III – The Morrígan

    This week on Fireside (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 56: The Táin Part III – The Morrígan. In the third part of The Táin - we meet the Morrígan the legendary battle goddess of war and death. Queen Méabh invokes Single Combat, but can any warrior be the equal of Cú Chulain?
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 33 min
    58: Episode LV: The Táin Part II – Encountering Cú Chulainn

    58: Episode LV: The Táin Part II – Encountering Cú Chulainn

    This week on Fireside (https://www.headstuff.org/fireside/) is Episode 55: The Táin Part II – Encountering Cú Chulainn. The second part of The Táin – the collected armies of Queen Méabh finally encounter the legendary Hound of Ulster Cú Chulain, who is tasked with single-handedly delaying the opposing forces while the warriors of Ulster recover from the Birth Pangs they were cursed with by Macha.
    Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firesidebard/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/olohansolo) if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/firesidepodcast) to show your support!

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Aongo88 ,

Excellent Irish storytelling

An accessible and thoroughly enjoyable entry point to Irish mythology, mixed with cracking folk tales too. A brilliant listen every week.

BardicBarry ,

C'mere til I tell ya

Lovely dive into the mythology and folklore of Ireland, staying true to the oral tradition by adding flavour here and there, with great context given after as to how, why, and when the stories came about.

Eimoh ,

Go hIontach! Wonderful

I listen to a LOT of podcasts and this stands out. Well-researched, a pleasure to listen to. I always learn something interesting about my own country’s mythology. Keep it up!

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