The Storytellers of ancient Ireland

The Seanachie

The Seanachie of Inis Mór

Seanachie’s (traditional Irish storytellers) can be traced back in Irish culture for thousands of years. In ancient times every King and nobleman had in their employ a gifted Seanachie. The craft predated the written word in the Celtic world and seanachies were respected, almost revered, for centuries. The training required to become a seanachie was said to last twelve years and  they were required to know at least one hundred and seventy eight stories off by heart. one for each night of the Celtic winter. Storytelling held the Irish nation together in the years they were occupied by the British, keeping alive the myths, legends, history and language of the Irish people.

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