Storytelling fest at mystical Lough Gur

Áine Fitzgerald

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Áine Fitzgerald

Emily and Sylvia Harrold with Susan Kirwan from Adare County Pursuits with Orla the owl. Photo: Keith Wiseman.
A FESTIVAL to ensure that the ancient art of storytelling is kept alive in County Limerick kicks off this Friday and features a puppet show, a primary schools competition and a mystery bus tour.

A FESTIVAL to ensure that the ancient art of storytelling is kept alive in County Limerick kicks off this Friday and features a puppet show, a primary schools competition and a mystery bus tour.

The 20th annual Lough Gur Storytelling Festival which takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday has proven to be a great success story as a result of the on-going support by the local community and all who attend.

“The continuing focus of the festival is to keep the tradition of storytelling alive and so this year we have invited the primary schools who have already participated in this event, along with some new schools to join us,” explained organiser Betty Reardon.

“This primary school competition showcase evening is a fun performance by all students who were selected to perform at the final on Saturday. The emphasis will be on the encouragement of individual character and the unique ability of the children taking part, to shine through.”

Along with the primary school storytelling competition, there will be two performances by Conor Lambert’s Custard Pie puppet show, two one-act plays in the Honey Fitz theatre, a mystery bus tour with Michael Quinlan and A Story with The Owls.

There will be several species of owls to meet on Saturday from the largest to the smallest in the world, ranging from those that are nocturnal to those that are diurnal. There will be two shows on that day. The first will commence at 1.30pm and the second begins at 3pm at the Lough Gur heritage centre. Children can meet and greet these fantastic creatures and hear all about the story of owls that are well known to be messengers for witches and wizards as well as close friends of Harry Potter fans. The owls are from Adare Country Pursuits and are normally based on the grounds of the Adare Manor Hotel.

Conor Lambert of the famous theatrical family and Custard Pie Puppet Show will take to the stage in the Honey Fitz Theatre on Saturday allowing children to get up close with Punch and Judy. There will be two shows to ensure everyone gets a seat at 1pm and at 3pm. The fancy dress winner will be announced after each show.

Night time entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday evenings will be the hilarious two one-act plays directed by Michael Quinlan and Tom Lynch. The superb plays will be staged at the Honey Fitz theatre where the Fr Noonan drama cup trophy will be awarded for the best production. Renowned storyteller Michael Glin will enthral the audiences on both evenings before the plays commence.

For more information go to loughgur.com or phone Betty Reardon at 061 385186. Tickets are priced at €5 for children and adults for both the Custard Pie puppet show and A Story with the Owls, €10 for the two one-act plays in the Honey Fitz theatre and €30 for the mystery bus tour. Early booking is recommended.