THE ART OF GOOD STO­RY­TELLING

WEL­COMED GUESTS HELP RE­VIVE THE TRA­DI­TION OF STO­RY­TELLING AT ÁR MBRÉACHA HOME­STEAD

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - BY SARA GA­HAN

Many en­joyed a nice slice of home­made bread with a lovely cup of tea, as they lis­tened to those who told sto­ries, sang a song or played a tune at Ár mBréacha, the House of Sto­ry­telling, which is nes­tled in the hills of North Wex­ford in Ra­heen, Bal­ly­duff, Camolin.

Ar mBréacha is an old Ir­ish home­stead and has main­tained tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling in Wex­ford.

The wel­come guests gath­ered around in­side of the house, where some told a story they re­mem­bered from their youth, re­cited po­ems, sang a song and played mu­sic.

‘We in­vite and en­cour­age peo­ple to tell their own sto­ries, write their own po­ems and play some mod­ern mu­sic as well,’ said host Phil Car­ton.

Phil said that many of the guests dur­ing the sum­mer, when the house is open ev­ery Tues­day night, are vis­i­tors from abroad.

‘We’ve had French, Ital­ian, Span­ish, Swiss, Amer­i­can, and Aus­trian. They have all re­ally en­joyed it, es­pe­cially see­ing how maybe their an­ces­tors lived,’ said Phil.

Phil said she would es­pe­cially like to thank Fr Jim Fe­gan for the use of the house, who bought it in the 90s and came up with the idea to help re­vive the tra­di­tion of sto­ry­telling.

Every­one who ar­rives on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month at 8 p.m. is a wel­come guest. They are in­vited to bring some­thing to go with the cup of tea. A ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers pre­pare the re­fresh­ments, in­clud­ing Carmel Mur­phy who has been there for 25 years.

Mary Kenny and Bri­die Cloke. John Kenny. Martin Mur­phy and Paddy Do­ran.

The large crowd that at­tended the most re­cent Ar mBreacha ‘House of Sto­ry­telling’ event. Carmel Mur­phy.

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