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was excited to be able to explore much more of the country over a longer stay, and I was ready to absorb

“Storytelling is an intimate and interactive art. A storyteller tells from memory rather than reading from a book. A tale is not just the spoken equivalent of a literary short story. It has no set text, but is endlessly re-created in the telling. The listener is an essential part of the storytelling process. For stories to live, they need the hearts, minds and ears of listeners. Without the listener there is no story.” (Storytellers of Ireland – Aos Scéal Éireann)

was different each time, transformed, similar to the transformation of the stories as they move through

something of myself in return


LANDSCAPE Rock Grass Wood


Stories in Stone Walls west coast of Ireland, I came across a man, Cillian, offering

As we drove around the island, he spoke of the patchwork

The design in the stacking of stones tells the story of the stacked in a simple way that is sturdiest in wind, while others move livestock from one section to another, a pathway in the these walls is pulled directly from the land it encloses allowing


Enchantment in the Land the breathe of the landscape, there is an enchantment found

The grounds of Blarney Castle yield much more then a stone to

another path lead me into an enchanted forest preserved for its magical contents including a witch trapped in a rock until


Poulnabrone Dolmen in


HERITAGE City Heritage


Trinity College / Trinity Library

amount of detail incorporated into something that in the end may seem primarily decorative is only fully perceived in

relation to every hand that has interacted with these tomes


Reliquary of St Adjutor


Museums, Galleries and Historical Sites

storytelling here, although I found it, but in search

the common stops, archeology and natural history museums, as well as art galleries both contemporary

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narrative contemporary works to a golden statue of an angel atop a cathedral said to come to life during the apocalypse, narrative elements are fused with


Shrine of the Cathach


Shrine of the Miosach “This book shrine was associated

sides of the shrine date to the late

series of repeating stamped silver foil panels showing the Virgin and Child and three saints, probably


Wexford Art Centre


Crawford Art Gallery


THANKS returned with an understanding of how integral storytelling is in the history, contemporary life and enchantment is interlaced in the roots of culture from telling stories around a fireplace to the government of the integration of folklore and culture is invaluable to my work as a

to experience all that I did and for the impact it has had on my work in


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