Carlow Folk Tales

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County Carlow has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely captured in this collection of traditional tales from across the county. Here you will find the lore of the Balckstairs Mountains, tales of how the rivers got their names, and the ancient history of Dinn Righ, the seat of the kings, along with stories of Beauchamp Bagenal, handsomest man in Ireland, St Lazerian and the dates of Easter, and why people living on the mountains walk with a limp. In a vivid journey through Calow’s varied landscape, local storytellers Aideen MacBride and Jack Sheehan take the reader to places where legend and landscape are inseparably linked.


Aideen McBride is a professional storyteller and member of the Storytellers of Ireland who has appeared in festivals such as Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival and Spirit of Folk. She is also an oral historian and has been involved in several projects to collect traditional tales. Her previously published works include Our TalesJack Sheehan is a member of the Storytellers of Ireland and regularly appears at Dublin Yarnspinners and Carlow Storytellers. Jack also has an interest in local history and is a member of Carlow Local History Society. A retired businessman, he collected many of his tales during his travels around the county as part of his working life.