Long and short tales at Sneem sto­ry­telling fest


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IT WAS a week­end packed with the usual sus­pects as tales – long and short –were re­galed with a deep pas­sion and love of cul­ture and hu­mour. Over 1,000 peo­ple at­tended var­i­ous events at this year’s Sneem In­ter­na­tional Sto­ry­telling & Folk­lore Fes­ti­val which is now a fes­ti­val grow­ing from strength to strength.

Fri­day’s ‘Sto­ry­telling in an 18th Cen­tury Barn’ with Kate Cork­ery was bol­stered by the manda­tory tea and scones as over 60 peo­ple en­joyed the event. The Sto­ry­telling Con­cert fea­tured tell­ers from the US, UK, Cork, Ca­van, and Kerry with Lis­towel’s Frances Kennedy one of the main highlights. This was fol­lowed by the fa­mous Sto­ry­telling Pub Trail which saw all the fes­ti­val tell­ers mov­ing from pub to pub in the vil­lage.

The Satur­day night cen­tre­piece was ‘The Man in Woman’s Shoes’ writ­ten and per­formed by Mikel Murfi which was met with an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse by the 250 strong au­di­ence who just about con­firmed ev­ery­thing that peo­ple had heard about the tal­ent, en­ergy and ge­nius dis­played in this per­for­mance. An­other high­light was Kate Cork­ery’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal short play, ‘The Sweet Shop on the Shore’ which was ex­tremely pop­u­lar and ev­ery bit as en­thralling as Mikel Murfi’s pro­duc­tion.

Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ing was given over to the chil­dren who were en­ter­tained by tell­ers Len Cabral and Kate Cork­ery which was well at­tended at Sneem Crèche. Adults were catered for at var­i­ous times also, and lo­ca­tions around the vil­lage which in­cluded work­shops and sto­ry­telling ses­sions fea­tur­ing Ca­van’s Jack Lynch, Len Cabral, Kate Cork­ery and Kil­lian Burns.

Kil­lar­ney toast­mas­ter supremo Sean Lyons told sto­ries about a mid­dle-aged Ir­ish­man at Sneem Ho­tel; Batt Burns de­liv­ered ‘fake news’ at the Blue Bull Pub; The South Kerry Rosen Choir per­formed ‘Songs of Kerry’ in the lo­cal Protes­tant Church with the kind per­mis­sion of Rev­erend Ka­vanagh who also ac­com­pa­nied on gui­tar.

“The Com­mit­tee of the Fes­ti­val would like to ex­press their warm thanks to our fan­tas­tic sto­ry­tellers and per­form­ers and our many lo­cal spon­sors who help make this fes­ti­val the suc­cess it is. Also, a special word to all our won­der­ful vol­un­teers with­out whom none of our plans would ac­tu­ally be­come re­al­i­ties,” said fes­ti­val PRO, Rosie Crouch.

Kate Cork­ery at Sneem Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val

US sto­ry­teller Len Cabral at the Sneem Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val.

Sad­hbh O’Leary tells a be­liev­able tale at this year’s Sneem Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val

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