“Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs.”
St. Patrick’s Festival offers interesting perspectives on our singing and storytelling traditions, taking music and words to locations across the city, creating unique living backdrops that add another dimension to the tales in the telling. Immerse in the history of Dublin from Georgian splendour to Irish revolution to slum tenements at No. 14 Henrietta Street with musicians, poets and storytellers (Thursday, 14 Henrietta Street, 5.30pm & 7.00pm, €15).
Find comedy and sadness at Finnegans Wake with storyteller Liz Weir and singer Ann Buckley (Thursday, Glasnevin Cemetery, 6.30pm, €12). Hear stories of leaving home and making one’s way in the world at Schooldays Over with storyteller Rab Fulton and sean-nós singer Aodhán Ó Ceallaigh (Friday, National Print Museum, 6.30pm, €12).
Discover coming of age tales at Young and Foolish with singer and fiddler Helen Diamond and poet Frances Quinn (Saturday, Dublin Writers Museum, 1.00pm, €12). Hear stories of emigration in Thousands Are Sailing with storyteller Helena Byrne and musician and singer Macdara Yeates (Saturday, EPIC - The Emigration Museum, 6.30pm, €12).