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Produced and edited by Oisin Ryan, with music by Oisin Ryan, story by Sorcha Hegarty and Aron Hegarty.

Produced and edited by Oisin Ryan, with music by Oisin Ryan, story by Sorcha Hegarty and Aron Hegarty.

Irish mythology has no creation myth: the land was here first. This is the tale of the very first person to come to these shores: Cesaire and her followers – three times fifty women of art and skill, and three men.

Produced and edited by Oisin Ryan, with music by Oisin Ryan, story by Sorcha Hegarty and Aron Hegarty.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Mary Mc Laughlin performs, teaches, writes and records original and traditional songs (in both English and Irish). Having lived in both England and California where she founded a Gaelic Choir, Mary has appeared on over twelve recordings and holds a PhD in Songs of the Irish Otherworld. The song you heard was “An Mhaighdean Mhara” (The Mermaid)

Aoife Wolf is a singer-songwriter from County Offaly. Her music blends elements of folk, rock and storytelling with lyrical content that endeavours to blur the line between fact and fiction. YOu can find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/AoifeWolfMusic/; instagram @aoifewolf; and more of her music is on soundcloud.com/aoifewolf. The song you heard was “Hounds,” and you can listen to it again on youtube! https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCy7mKvrL4WHGKPDi4zMEE5w

Brían de Gúl is a singer-songwriter from Cork. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/BriandeGul. The song you heard was “Tramps and Hawkers,” a favourite of Brian’s, in his words: “Twas written in the 19th century by hawker Besom Jimmy, but it was passed on to singers involved in the early times of the folk revival by Scottish Traveller Jimmy Macbeath. He used tramp the roads all his working life, in search of farm work and places to sing. He used sing for his dinner at fairs and markets while farm workers were on their break. Also, I’ve been told recently that my great grandfather was a hawker in Doneraile in North Cork!”

The Candlelit Tales crew performed a rendition of The Champion’s Portion, you can find more about them all at www.candlelittales.ie, and you can find and follow all of them at the links below.

This is the tale of a crucial lesson learned too late: that a warrior’s strength is meant to defend the weak, not to prop up the strong. The Curse of Macha has repercussions throughout the rest of the Tain. Also, Aron forgot how to speak after his story and confused AD and BC and may have made up a few words. But this was all inspired by a book given to him by Caitlin Moon, so shout out to her.

Produced and edited by Oisin Ryan, with music by Oisin Ryan, story by Sorcha Hegarty and Aron Hegarty.

One of the background stories to the Tain, Deirdre is the story of tragic beauty and what happens when we treat people like things. Sorcha and Aron talk about who Deirdre was, how she’s been interpreted and reinterpreted over the years, and how Candlelit Tales chose to imagine this wild, beautiful woman.

Produced and edited by Oisin Ryan, with music by Oisin Ryan, story by Sorcha Hegarty and Aron Hegarty.

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We started with live shows, and we’ve done some theatre and then now we have started a new podcast. It’s a different medium. It’s a story in your ears and your ears alone. Aron and Sorcha started off this whole company because Sorcha used to read, and still read a lot to Aron… her grown up brother who refuses to grow up properly. So now the two are trying out to see what works best, a bit of an intro, a story set to live music and a chat about what we found particularly captivating in the story.

So we released our first podcast on our 4th year anniversary as a company. And we will release a new one every two weeks from here on out. We started, as we did in the winter of 2014, with the story of ‘An Táin Bo Culaigne’. So feast your ears on the two part episode below.

We will be telling a new story straight to you every two weeks. Sometimes we might put in a live recording of one of our live shows, but we predominantly want to keep the intimacy of these stories to recording in the ‘shoffice’… the shed that’s been converted into an office.

Please let us know what you think. If you’ve questions or thoughts, or if theres a tale you want to hear told, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

So, sit back get some tea and have a listen to some age old tales, told in the Candlelit way.

Shownotes for Episodes 1 & 2

We released our first podcast on our 4 year anniversary as a company. We started, as we did in the winter of 2014, with the story of ‘An Táin Bo Culaigne’. So feast your ears on this inaugural two-part episode.

This show was recorded live in Whelans on the 22nd of October, 2018, to a sell-out audience. We developed this show in 2016 with the help of all of these lovely people (in no particular order):

Emmet Byrne
Catriona Loughlin
Aoife Nyan Kavanagh
Angel Hannigan
Marie Denham
Megan Woods
Lucy Smyth

Julie Browne
Antonella Scanu
Audrey Trainor
Darragh Kenny
Oisin Ryan
Jay Lambert
Dean Saunders
John Dennehy