21 episodes

Eddie Lenihan is Ireland’s most well known storyteller. He has been telling tales for over 35 years. Each month, Eddie will share Irish wisdom and stories from the past on the Tell Me A Story with Eddie Lenihan podcast.
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 Irish lore.
Produced and recorded by Philip Murphy and John Lillis. Music by Clare Sands. Photography by Valerie O’Sullivan.
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Eddie Lenihan is Ireland’s most well known storyteller. He has been telling tales for over 35 years. Each month, Eddie will share Irish wisdom and stories from the past on the Tell Me A Story with Eddie Lenihan podcast.
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 Irish lore.
Produced and recorded by Philip Murphy and John Lillis. Music by Clare Sands. Photography by Valerie O’Sullivan.
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    Episode 20 : The Care Of The Dead

    Episode 20 : The Care Of The Dead

    Death has always been a mournful time. The transition from one world into another. In Ireland, the rituals and practices that surrounded a funeral and burial were both grand and precise. There was a respect there for the spirit of the dead person, and care was taken to ensure their passing was a marked event, grounded in both grief and celebration. The wake, the dressing of the body, and the digging of the grave all followed a line of tradition that allowed the community to experience their sorrow and protect the souls of the departed on their journey onwards.
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    • 45 min
    Episode 19 : Trades Part 2

    Episode 19 : Trades Part 2

    This month, Eddie continues his study of the old trades of Ireland. Things back then were made to last, where as things today are made to wear out. There was a dignity and quality behind the work, tools and utensils crafted to the highest standard by skilled trades people. The harness maker, the tinker, the hatter, the cooper, the potter, the basket-maker; Eddie explains how each trade was so necessary within the local communities.
    If you enjoy the stories in this podcast, you can support us through the donations page, or purchase books directly from Eddie through his online store. https://eddielenihan.weebly.com/store.html
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    • 33 min
    episode 18 : Trades Part 1

    episode 18 : Trades Part 1

    Trades-people formed the backbone of society in traditional Ireland, supplying the public with hand-made tools and services. This month, Eddie looks at some of the important trades that influenced old Irish life, and the folklore tales that accompanied them. Eddie speaks on the role of the blacksmith, the thatcher, the wheel maker, the tailor and the dress maker. Part 1 of a 2 part series.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 17 : Birds

    Episode 17 : Birds

    Ireland has a wide variety of native birds, full of colour and character. This month, Eddie discusses the superstitions and symbolic relevance that birds have played in Irish tradition and beliefs. From the crow, to the wren, to the robin - Eddie explores how each bird has it's own unique personality traits, and how we can learn to read their behaviour as harbingers and predictions of what may lie in the future.
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    You can purchase Eddie's folklore books through his website, and all copies are signed personally.
    https://eddielenihan.weebly.com/store.html
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    • 39 min
    Episode 16 : Roads Pt.2

    Episode 16 : Roads Pt.2

    Eddie continues his discussion of roads in Ireland, this time reflecting on some of the stranger aspects of our routes and byways. He speaks of the significance of the public road, and how it acts as a symbol of safety to those who encounter the darker elements of the night. He mentions what happens to those who stand on the stray sod when out walking, and the confusion that ensues when alcohol is involved.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 15 : Roads Pt.1

    Episode 15 : Roads Pt.1

    This month, Eddie takes a historic look at the role that roads play in Ireland in all their complexity, beauty and ugliness. The windy and straight, the good and the bad, the up and the down. Eddie explores why certain roads in Co. Clare exist and what purpose they served both long ago in the past and in the present now.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

zacharypinkelton ,

Fantastic

Eddie is incredible, and keeping alive a very important part of our heritage and culture alive, story telling. Make yourself tae put the feet up and listen!

Dubnorthstar ,

Heritage in Eddies voice

I’d listen to him all day, pint in hand

Walter Smithers ,

This is an amazing folklore podcast.

Eddie has an amazing voice, and is such a knowledgable authority of Irish folklore. I always look forward to his next one. His latest one about spirits and creatures you’d meet on a long dark night is absolutely wonderful. What a story teller. Essential listening.

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