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Fireside is the Irish Storytelling Podcast. Kevin C. Olohan is your host and Fireside Bard. Every Wednesday, Kevin takes a story from Folklore or Mythology, gives it a fresh retelling, and discusses the story itself and the craft, culture and history of Storytelling. Whether you’re a folklore fanatic, or someone who just enjoys hearing a good yarn, you can always join Kevin by the Fireside.
 
The Podcast on Irish Travel, Irish Customs and All Things Irish. We take you to some of the best Irish towns and villages. As we explore Ireland's most popular destinations, we offer our suggestions to get you off the tourist trail and in to the "real" Ireland. Sit back, relax and make yourself comfortable at the Irish Fireside, and feel free to use our Episode Guides for maps, destination recaps and links to the sites and topics we discuss.
 
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In episode 109 of Fireside, Kevin adapts a tale from the American South West, from The Coyote Under the Table by Joe Hayes. The tale tells of a poor young boy, adopted as a goat herd, and the magical gifts he receives from a benevolent stranger - a napkin that produces food, and an instrument that makes all those who hear dance uncontrollably!…
 
Episode 96 is The second Halloween special of Fireside; celebrating the gothic and the ghoulish in Irish literature, poetry and song. Kevin reads the eerie ballad of The LaKe of the Dismal Swamp Frankenstein’s monster is loose in Ireland? And I’ve heard of Christmas songs, but what about Halloween songs? Also discussions on the pagan feast of Samha…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 73: The Devil is in the Glen A folk tale from Co. Wicklow about the lore behind the Devils Glen, a mysterious woodland in the Wicklow hills that once contained the beast from Hell. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 72: The Happy Prince The first story from the Wilde Cycle, Kevin’s adaptations of the Fairy Tale’s of Oscar Wilde. We begin with the iconic Happy Prince. The story of the friendship between a little swallow and the statue of a Happy Prince. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any …
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 71: A Clash of Faith A Wicklow Folk Tale about a Protestant landowner and his Catholic indentured servant, rivals in faith, in life...and in death. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page to show your…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 70: The Death of Cú Chulainn The final tale from the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology tells of the final battle and death of the greatest hero this island has ever known: Cú Chulainn. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please dona…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 69: The Rent Arrears Resurrection A folk tale from County Wicklow of a poor farmer living on rented land who seeks to pay off his families debts. The only issue is... his family buried him underground three days ago. But he doesn’t know that! Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have an…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 68: The Deaths of Kings and Queens The penultimate tale of the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology wraps up the stories of Conchobar mac Neasa, Fergus mac Róich, Ailill and of course, Queen Méabh. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! P…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 67: A Hand in the Dark A cautionary Folk Tale from County Wicklow, about a face off with the devil, and then dangers of getting off with Young Bucks in your farmer father’s barn! Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate t…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 66: The Champion’s Portion – A Trial of Beheading Part two of the Champions Portion tale from the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology. Cú Chullain, Laoighaire Budhach and Conall Cernach seek out the sorcerer Cú Roí Mac Daire, to settle the matter once and for all... Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Tw…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 65: Tom of The Faeries A cautionary folk tale about a Kerryman who goes off each night with the Faeries... and lets it go to his head. Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page to show your support!…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 64: The Champions Portion – Bicriu’s Feast. A tale from the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology, on the feast of a bitter host named Bicriu, and how he incites a feud between three mighty warriors over who should get the Champions Portion... Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ide…
 
Holycross didn't always have that name... until the arrival of a relic of the True Cross arrived it was known as the Church of the Eight Hands -- for rather gruesome reasons. There's a lot more to this church than you might notice on first glance, and I'm happy to tell you some highlights. Music composed by Hicham Chahidi Library Genval Style & Gre…
 
This week on Fireside is Episode 63: The Faerie Frog. A twisted and gothicesque folk tale about a sheltered young girl and her dream for adventure and to meet the other folk... Get in touch with the show on Kevin’s Instagram and Twitter if you have any ideas for the podcast, or just want to say hi! Please donate to the Patreon Page to show your sup…
 
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