Legends come to life at Lough Gur Storytelling festival

Legends come to life: 'Gearoid Iarla' who was banished to the bottom of the lake in Lough Gur by the Goddess Aine and comes to life every seven years. Picture: Keith Wiseman
THE 19th Lough Gur Storytelling Festival takes place this weekend and is set to draw visitors from far and near to listen to and experience the fine art of storytelling.

THE 19th Lough Gur Storytelling Festival takes place this weekend and is set to draw visitors from far and near to listen to and experience the fine art of storytelling.

Building on the popularity of last year’s event, the festival again takes place this weekend, running from Friday to Monday with a variety of different events set to take place over the four days of the event.

The schools’ storytelling competition will take place in the Honey Fitz Theatre from 7.30pm on Friday night.

“This event has proved to be a great success story in its own right and as a result of the on-going support of its many patrons Lough Gur Development have once again invited neighbouring primary schools to participate in a Story Telling Competition,” said a spokesperson.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the future Seanchaí in Ireland.”

Saturday will see the legendary puppeteer Miriam Lambert perform the Gingerbread Man in the Honey Fitz at 1.45pm and 3.45pm. The show is suitable for all ages and through the imaginative use of simple puppets, Miriam’s rendition of story “truly invigorates an age-old tale”.

Later on Saturday, much loved singer songwriter John Spillane will play in the Lough Gur theatre at 8pm.

On Sunday local historian Michael Quinlan will lead a Graveyard Literary Mystery Bus tour leaving at 10.30am from the Honey Fitz.

Children’s author Debbie Thomas will read from her books at 1.45pm and 3pm in the Lough Gur Heritage Centre.

At 8pm on Sunday and Monday, Lough Gur Amateur Dramatic Society will perform Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in the Honey Fitz.

For more see www.loughgur.com or call 061-385186.