2:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Commercial, 46-47 Catherine St, Limerick
Ticket Cost: €7.00
We welcome Eddie and are really looking forward to this enjoyable, informative talk in Eddie’s unique style.
Haunted places, fairy paths, holy wells: Eddie’s researches into them all is ongoing. In fact, whatever involves walking the landscape, talking to old people, hopefully glimpsing the Otherworld, interests him. This is reflected in his books ´Meeting the Other Crowd´, an anthology of testimonies from believers in the fairy faith, and ´In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway´, which is a walk down the track-bed of the most famous of all of the Irish narrow-gauge lines, which closed in 1961.
Irish fairy stories, naturally, form a prominent part of his huge repertoire, but there are historical tales, too, stories of notable persons (women especially, including the banshee), devil stories, accounts of saints (St. Patrick prominent among them, naturally), of monsters, ogres, giants, ghosts and much, much more.
He lives in Crusheen, Co. Clare, but his travels have taken him as far afield as such places as the USA (over 40 states, including a performance at the Smithsonian Institute and award for contribution to the Arts by the City of Philadelphia), UK, Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, among otherplaces. He is always delighted to bring the fruits of his years’ researches and collecting to whoever he may share it with.
In Ireland, too, he is a frequent visitor to schools, libraries, prisons, literary festivals – in fact anywhere people are prepared to sit a while, listen and reflect – as their forbears did when these stories were first told.
While Emerald Giant Productions DAC were location scouting for The Yellow Wallpaper Film in May this year with the Art Directors (subsequently filmed on location in County Limerick); it became apparent that some of the Irish have a very different understanding of ‘The Other Crowd’ from our international friends.
This talk is for those of use who wish to be reminded of the folklore tales handed down by our grandparents and for those who may enjoy understanding why the Irish don’t necessarily think about Fairies as others do..
- “Eddie’s stories are not for the faint-hearted, but then good stories never are.”… RTE Guide
- “Ireland’s greatest living storyteller”… Clare Champion
- “An inspired performer”… The Irish Post (London)
- “A master storyteller”… Belfast Newsletter
- “Not your picturesque Irish storyteller, nor does he want to be.”… Boston Irish Echo