A rich heritage of Irish storytelling

Irish stories. Image copyright Ireland Calling
Irish stories. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Ireland has a rich heritage of storytelling … and its long and sometimes troubled history has provided plenty of material.
Irish stories. Image copyright Ireland Calling
There are folk tales and fairy stories dating back over thousands of years. There are stories of saints and sinners, heroes and villains, victory and defeat, sacrifice and betrayal…and some great and often heartbreaking love stories.

Here we try to tell some of the best of these stories.

Love stories – from the ancient legends of Tristan and Isolde to modern tragedy of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford.

Fairy stories – magic spells, princes and princesses, witches, ghosts, poor boys who make their fortune, poor girls who marry the hero…and, of course, lots of leprechauns.

Did you know?

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran performed an Irish language version of his smash single Thinking Out Loud on RTÉ 2fm. It was a great gesture from Sheeran to learn his own song in another language – and his performance came after a classic radio prank. Find out more.

Have you heard about…

A stunning former schoolhouse in Co Sligo was sold in 2017 and turned into a beautiful home. Take a look inside.

What about this…

‘The man who couldn’t be killed’ - firefighter Mike Molloy was an Irish emigrant living in New York in the early 20th century. He was the victim of a consistent series of murder attempts by an insurance fraud gang. Find out more.
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