Tell Me A Story with Eddie Lenihan
Episode 20 : The Care Of The Dead
Season 1, Ep. 20
Death has always been a mournful time. The transition from one world into another. In Ireland, the rituals and practices that surrounded a funeral and burial were both grand and precise. There was a respect there for the spirit of the dead person, and care was taken to ensure their passing was a marked event, grounded in both grief and celebration. The wake, the dressing of the body, and the digging of the grave all followed a line of tradition that allowed the community to experience their sorrow and protect the souls of the departed on their journey onwards.
Episode 19 : Trades Part 2
Season 1, Ep. 19
This month, Eddie continues his study of the old trades of Ireland. Things back then were made to last, where as things today are made to wear out. There was a dignity and quality behind the work, tools and utensils crafted to the highest standard by skilled trades people. The harness maker, the tinker, the hatter, the cooper, the potter, the basket-maker; Eddie explains how each trade was so necessary within the local communities. If you enjoy the stories in this podcast, you can support us through the donations page, or purchase books directly from Eddie through his online store. https://eddielenihan.weebly.com/store.html
episode 18 : Trades Part 1
Season 1, Ep. 18
Trades-people formed the backbone of society in traditional Ireland, supplying the public with hand-made tools and services. This month, Eddie looks at some of the important trades that influenced old Irish life, and the folklore tales that accompanied them. Eddie speaks on the role of the blacksmith, the thatcher, the wheel maker, the tailor and the dress maker. Part 1 of a 2 part series.
Episode 17 : Birds
Season 1, Ep. 17
Ireland has a wide variety of native birds, full of colour and character. This month, Eddie discusses the superstitions and symbolic relevance that birds have played in Irish tradition and beliefs. From the crow, to the wren, to the robin - Eddie explores how each bird has it's own unique personality traits, and how we can learn to read their behaviour as harbingers and predictions of what may lie in the future. If you like the podcast and wish to contribute a donation, please visit out supporter page. https://supporter.acast.com/tell-me-a-story-with-eddie-lenihanYou can purchase Eddie's folklore books through his website, and all copies are signed personally. https://eddielenihan.weebly.com/store.html
Episode 16 : Roads Pt.2
Season 1, Ep. 16
Eddie continues his discussion of roads in Ireland, this time reflecting on some of the stranger aspects of our routes and byways. He speaks of the significance of the public road, and how it acts as a symbol of safety to those who encounter the darker elements of the night. He mentions what happens to those who stand on the stray sod when out walking, and the confusion that ensues when alcohol is involved.
Episode 15 : Roads Pt.1
This month, Eddie takes a historic look at the role that roads play in Ireland in all their complexity, beauty and ugliness. The windy and straight, the good and the bad, the up and the down. Eddie explores why certain roads in Co. Clare exist and what purpose they served both long ago in the past and in the present now.
Episode 14 : The Long Dark Winter Nights
Season 1, Ep. 14
The Long Dark Winter Nights. An eerie time of the year, where those other things might be closer to us than we think. They take many forms, and often appear to us on a cold, dark road in Ireland. This month, Eddie recounts the eight types of spirits and supernatural creatures that one might meet, and give examples of stories where poor ordinary folk had encounters with the otherworldly. If you enjoy the stories on this podcast, you can support us through the donations page, or purchase books directly from Eddie through his online store. https://eddielenihan.weebly.com/store.html
Episode 13 : Christmas
This month, Eddie speaks about Christmas customs and traditions in Ireland in the olden days. A time for preparations, rituals and feasts. The point of midnight on Christmas Eve is a special time, a moment when magic can happen. It's said that animals have the gift of speech, but make sure you don't listen in on their conversations.
Episode 12 : Trees
We're back at last. This month, Eddie speaks about the great trees of Ireland, and why they held such a profound spiritual power over the native Irish people - from druids, to saints and farmers. He discusses the traditions and folklore that surround Irish trees, and how the Irish translation of their names give us an important insight into the geography and history of the island of Ireland. This episode is proudly part of the 'Whose Woods These Are' festival taking place from the 17th - 20th of December. 'Whose Woods These Are' is a four day celebration of trees in music, art, film, talks and story presented by Natalia Beylis and Eimear Reidyin association with The Dock Arts Centre. For more information, visit https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/whose-woods-these-are