26 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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Tell Me A Story with Eddie Lenihan Eddie Lenihan

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    • 4.9 • 135 Ratings

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 25 : Graveyards

    Episode 25 : Graveyards

    Eddie speaks about the macabre subject of graveyards in Ireland, and the rituals and piseogs that surround them. He explains the delicate process of burying a body, and what charms and objects may be placed in the grave, from a deck of cards to a fiddle bow. He also mentions the care required around one's behaviour in a graveyard, unless they wish to find that the next hole being dug is one intended for themselves.
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    • 38 min
    Episode 24 : The Place Names of Ireland (Part 2)

    Episode 24 : The Place Names of Ireland (Part 2)

    Continued from Eddie's previous discussion last month, Eddie picks up where he left off on his journey into the place names of Ireland. Listing each town through it's Irish translation, he continues to build a visual landscape from the names of towns and villages. Part 2 or a 2 part series.
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    • 27 min
    Episode 23 : The Place Names of Ireland (Part 1)

    Episode 23 : The Place Names of Ireland (Part 1)

    This month, Eddie discusses the place names of Ireland. He traces how the Irish version of the name often contains important geographical references to the land itself. Eddie looks at the English version of these names, and explores what is being lost in the translation of the original language. Using over 50 examples of Irish towns and villages, Eddie paints a picture of the physical landscape of Ireland encoded through words and names. Part 1 of a two part special.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 22 : The Black and Tans

    Episode 22 : The Black and Tans

    This month, Eddie tackles the contentious subject of the Black and Tans and their arrival in Ireland in 1920. He traces their history as constables recruited into the Royal Irish Constabulary, and the reasons and incentives that brought them into the conflict. He explains how the terror they inflicted on the Irish public resulted in a profound sense of resentment and fear towards them. Burnings, raids and beatings, the Black and Tans exposed the Irish to a reign of intimidation and dread. Comprised of stories and facts recorded with people who lived through that era, Eddie shows the different aspects of their occupation and the dark legacy left in their wake.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 21 : Holy Wells

    Episode 21 : Holy Wells

    After months on hiatus spent working on his new book, Eddie returns with another episode of the podcast. This month, Eddie looks at the idea of Holy Wells in Ireland. He explores their origins in pagan worship and how they were assimilated into Christian culture over time. He speaks of some of the strange customs that visitors to the well would enact, from tying ribbons to nearby trees to circling the well clockwise three times. He also lists all the potential ailments that might find relief and treatment from the waters of the holy well.
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    • 36 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Amiga Ireland ,

Best podcast in Ireland

Fantastic delivery. My attention is held by the host like no other. Maith thú ‘gus GRMA.

5112paddybig ,

Lovely story’s

I’m amazed by these stories.
My grandmother told me a long time ago when she was younger she was walking home from somewhere in Croom co Limerick she was walking home by the old hospital it was only knocked a few months ago. she may have been walking home from a Dance maybe there was something on in the hall a dance in halpans the pub is still there. or from a visit. she was walking past the hospital an what ever way she looked she saw the coach an horses flying over the hospital my skin had goose bumps when she told me. She said she never seen anything like it before she wasn’t long waking home after what she saw. She also herd the banshee too an later someone I think her brother died on his bike on the way back out of the village from Croom off his bike. God bless keep up ur story’s I’d listen to em all night. Im not sure the account of these stores she told me years ago. she still alive but her memory isn’t great anymore. Pity I didn’t here of u years ago she be lovely to interview she had amazing life she still going strong.

ljhana11 ,

Brilliant

Brilliant and captivating story-teller, I could listen all day. Thank you Eddie for keeping our stories alive !!

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