Wicklow Arts Office & Mermaid Arts Centre Present at Lynham's of Laragh

After Autumn Almanac - Storytelling with Colum Sands, Eimear Burke & Jack Lynch

Mermaid Arts Centre, with the support of Wicklow Arts Office, is delighted to bring an evening of storytelling and song to the beautiful setting of Lynham's of Laragh. Draw close to the fire and join us.

All welcome, no need to book.

Read on to learn more about our performers for the evening:

Colum Sands
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A poet disguised as a songwriter and a singer disguised as a storyteller, Colum Sands has been acclaimed on stages from Aughnacloy to Auckland, Belfast to Berlin, Carlingford to Capetown, and countless places in between! The County Down songwriter has won awards for radio and studio production but his real passion lies in live performance. Building bridges rather than borders, he continues his wondrous journey, weaving songs and stories that are often humorous and always thought provoking.

Eimear Burke
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Eimear is a Druid and a Storyteller. She has a deep love of the ancient Irish tales and has a passion for storytelling. She brings the old tales to new audiences, and - while remaining faithful to the stories - often examines them from new perspectives, so that listeners experience them as fresh and relevant. She loves to weave in song and the harp into her stories. She particularly enjoys showing people the sacred sites of Ireland and telling the ancient tales right where they happened.

Eimear has private practice as a Counselling Psychologist and her interests in Druidry and psychology have led her to act as a Celebrant, helping people to design and enact meaningful rites of passage. She is licensed to perform legal weddings in the Republic of Ireland and can also offer non legal ceremonies.

Eimear is the Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and lives in Kilkenny, Ireland. She is also a Priestess dedicated to Danú in the Fellowship of Isis. She is an Arch Druidess in the Druid Clan of Dana and a member of the Noble Order of Tara.

Jack Lynch
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Dublin-born Jack Lynch performs throughout Ireland, combining folkloric elements with ancient Irish myths, Wonder Tales and absurdist Tall Tales, working in schools, libraries, prisons, elderly care homes and arts festivals. He has represented the Irish oral tradition throughout Europe, in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean, Newfoundland and the U.S.(at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival). Jack works with migrants and asylum seekers, with dementia patients and students of all ages. As an Associate Member of Hakaya, The Arab Storytelling Network in Jordan, he was the English language editor of the 3 volumes of their publication Timeless Tales (2015-19), Folktales collected from Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon. He is a founder-member and past-chair of the Charitable Trust, Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann and is on the PoetryIreland Writers-in-Schools panel.

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