Welcome to a series of online videos for Cruinniú na nÓg Westmeath. Consisting of five storytelling sessions with actor, musician and writer Eoghan Burke (Fia Rua). The videos will be shared online as part of Cruinniú na nÓg on Westmeath Library social media pages and www.facebook.com/fiaruaartist
Storytelling has been in Irish culture since the first settlers came to our island. The old Seanachie tradition has lasted through generations, a distinctly Irish way to tell tales. Stories of Fionn And The Fianna, Cuchulainn, The Children of Lir, would have been lost had they not been passed on through the art of storytelling.
The tradition of sitting around the fire on long summer evenings, or long winter nights is what we aim to replicate in this online video. Many families have been isolated in recent months due to the Covid restrictions and there seems no better time to reach out and create a storytelling community online.
It is hoped that families will gather together to hear stories of myth and legend from local and national sources. There will be a specific focus on stories connected with Westmeath such as the Sons Of Uisneach.
The sessions will start on Tuesday 9th June and a video will be posted each evening between the 9th- 13th June. Visit the Fia Rua page or view them at https://www.facebook.com/WestmeathLibrary/
Why not try telling your own story on Saturday 13th- gather your family around and let your imagination run free.