30 episodes

Welcome to Unreal, a podcast about Irish history, stories and tradition.

Unreal Irish Folklore Ruth A

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 46 Ratings

Welcome to Unreal, a podcast about Irish history, stories and tradition.

    RE-RELEASE: Giants and Causeways

    RE-RELEASE: Giants and Causeways

    A re-release of the second ever episode of Unreal, while I recover from illness. A new episode will come soon once my voice is back at full strength!


    Giants sculpted our landscape. They are strong, and fierce, and can be terrifying if you’re unprepared. But anyone can defeat a giant – if you are clever enough to trick them…



    The Story of Fionn and the Giant

    The Giant’s Causeway, Dublin Penny Journal

    A Legend of Knockmany, by William Carleton (and the original article)

    Joe Moore’s Story of Finn Macooilly and the Buggane, Manx Fairytales by Sophia Morrison

    Versions from the School’s Folklore Collection at Duchas.ie: 1, 2, 3, 4


    The very rude Scottish poem featuring the giant-sized descendants of Fionn


    Other Tales Mentioned

    The fall of the Viking chieftain Turgesius

    Maoil a Chliobain

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Jack the Giant-killer

    Stingy Jack


    All by Slainte from The Free Music Archive

    Theme Song – “The Butterfly”

    The Lark in the Morning / The Atholl Highlanders

    The Banshee / The Gravel Walks / The Old Copperplate

    • 29 min
    The Cry of the Banshee

    The Cry of the Banshee

    The Banshee is one of Ireland’s most famous folkloric figures. A supernatural woman with a cry that foretells of death and devastation to those who hear it, stories about banshees have been terrifying listeners for hundreds of years. But has she always been this way?

    • 27 min
    Mid Season Break

    Mid Season Break

    Hi everyone, Ruth here, and apologies for the slightly sporadic uploads to Unreal this season – I’ve just been having quite a busy time outside of podcasting. I’m actually going to take mid-season break and come back in two weeks with a special Halloween episode, and finish out the second half of the season then, hopefully with more regular uploads for those last few episodes. I hope that sounds ok, and wishing you a folklore-filled few weeks in the meantime. Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.

    • 33 sec
    The Madness of Sweeney

    The Madness of Sweeney

    What happens when a king goes mad? When he leaves his home, his wife and lands, and goes wandering in the woods and the wild? Such a strange frenzy came on Sweeney, an Irish king long ago. The life he came to live was a harsh and a wild one – but, as the story shows, still one where breathtaking beauty could be found . . .

    • 32 min
    Deirdre of the Sorrows

    Deirdre of the Sorrows

    There once was born a cursed girl. She was beautiful, and strong-willed, and would do anything for the man she loved. But in her name, evil came to Ireland, bringing war and fighting that left hundreds dead in its wake. Her name was Deirdre, and stories told about her live on, as one of Ireland’s most sorrowful legends.

    • 33 min
    The Quest of the Sons of Tuireann

    The Quest of the Sons of Tuireann

    For every death, a price must be paid. Life is precious, and blood is costly, and when you take the life of a man, you do not know how high the penalty will be. This is a story about three brothers, and a life they took, the price they paid, and the devastation that followed them to their deaths.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

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A lovely voice to tell me lovely tales, there’s little else to ask for and little else to say. I’ve perused many Irish story podcasts out there and this is by far the easiest to listen to!

JayDofMO ,

Excellent research into Irish folklore

I'm interested in learning about Irish folklore and this podcast presents several stories and pieces of Irish folklore. Ruth presents a great show with music and explains the context well.

SamanthaRae_of_light ,

travel back in time

the content, quality and music = perfection

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