Lakeside storytelling at scenic Limerick site

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Locals in Lough Gur pictured at the launch of Limerick's bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020. Picture: Tony Grehan
IT might only be July but already thoughts are turning to Halloween when the ancient art of storytelling comes alive in Lough Gur.

IT might only be July but already thoughts are turning to Halloween when the ancient art of storytelling comes alive in Lough Gur.

A performance by storyteller and tour guide Trish Williams this Tuesday gave people a taste of what can be expected at the 2015 Storytelling Festival.

“In association with the Capital of Culture 2020 bid Lough Gur heritage centre put on a rich display of various styles and types of storytellers through poetry, song, drama and music, performed by local people,” explained Kate Harrold, manager at Lough Gur heritage centre.

“The area is rich in ancient folklore, history and archaeology and lives on in the culture of the Lough Gur people,” she added.

The author and seanachaí John Carew was the mythological MC for the event. A former winner of the primary school storytelling competition, 11-year-old Aishling O’Dea from Kilteely stole the show after her confident and mesmerising account of an encounter with the fairies.

Acclaimed visual artist Mark Dion attended and was visibly moved and captivated while listening to the story of Gearóid Iarla who it’s said rises from the lake in Lough Gur every seven years. Full information is available from www.loughgur.com or 061 385186.