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Irish Folk Tales and Halloween Legends
October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Irish Folk Tales and Halloween Legends:
An Evening of Storytelling
October 23 • 7:00p • FIA Theater • Free Admission
Storyteller: Mark Ó Géaráin
This evening recalls legends and tales, for an adult audience, of the ancient feast known now as Halloween.
Irish Storyteller Mark Ó Géaráin presents the origins of Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) through shadowy, twisted stories marking the beginning of the dark half of the year. These mythologies have inspired and protected Irish people for generations. Ó Géaráin gives a raw and darkly funny look at the stories and traditions that have shaped the legend’s life.
Ó Géaráin is the Experience Manager of the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, the world’s only museum dedicated to Irish folklore and mythology. He grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, surrounded by tales of Gods and warriors, heroes and monsters. Coming from a background in fine art and sculpture, Ó Géaráin found the medium of the spoken word to be more fluid and flexible than steel or stone. Storytelling has a commonality which allows people from all backgrounds and cultures to come together. He firmly considers himself to be a “storyteller and conversationalist” and believes there are no stories unless there are people to tell them to.
Image: John Rogers Cox, American, 1915–1990. “Nocturne – Silver and Grey,” 1952. Oil and tempera on Masonite. 17 x 237/8 inches. Gift of Pat Glascock and Michael D. Hall in memory of all American Regional artist, Inlander Collection, 2003.22