Telling stories on radio go
Stories of Dublin go
Matt Talbot and Hatcha in Stories of Dublin go
How Wicklow Folk Tales
came about go
Telling Wicklow Folk
Spirit in the bottle
Bubbles the cat go
The Dollacher go
Loaded mother go
Brigid's water go
Licence for a dead dog go
Summer Loving go The lie go
Blood fieldgo Performing
of a ballplayer go
Talepipe Humours of Dublin go
Talepipe Days and nights of fun and frolicsgo
programme began as a DCU students' project in the hot summer of 2013.
Each segment is self contained and is absorbing.
My contribution is on storytelling on radio. Select Brendan from the menu
to see and hear it.
three shows began with a comedy night.
They were followed by a drama night, by when the shows had been listed
in top Ten Things to see in Dublin, after one performance.
By the third, and final, night the show was sold out with a queue formed
That is: a full theatre with a waiting list for storytelling to an adult
Talbot and Hatcha in Stories of Dublin
Have you ever asked for intercession through prayer?
If you were not answered did you ask why?
Well here’s what happened when an aesthete died in Dublin and people
sought relics of him.
small correction, the tongue slippeth: It was Rutland, not Russell, Street.
Interview One for Wicklow Folk Tales in
which the storyteller Brendan Nolan recounts how it all came about.
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Wicklow Folk Tales Interview
Two for Wicklow Folk Tales in which the storyteller Brendan Nolan recounts
how it all came about.
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A romance that ended in a double
tragedy close to the old village of Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow is a love
story that is played out every year on the anniversary of the tragedy
on Midsummer's Eve.
For Mary, one lover was not enough, but, two led to unforeseen consequences.
Danny Boy is one of the best
known love stories ever.
Whether it is a father keening for his son, or a mother her lost child
or a lover lamenting the absence of a true love is for you to decide the
truth of the love story here played out.
Spirit in the bottle
(Grimm's Brothers KHM
99) told in English by Brendan Nolan
you ever been broke?
Did you ever dream of finding your fortune?
Well here’s what happened when a young man found a bottle in the
deep forest that looked interesting.
Did you ever wonder
what a quiet house across the road might mean?
Have you ever wondered if your neighbour has been murdered?
Well here’s what happened when a suspicious neighbour called the
story is included in Dublin Folk
monster once stalked the streets of Dublin, seen as a great black devil
Brendan Nolan, an expert storyteller and author of the upcoming 'Dublin
Folk Tales', tells the chilling and surprising story of the Dolocher.
The spot he stands in was once known as 'Hell' a dark and shadowy lane
behind Christchurch where the Dolocher met his end.
this story is included in Dublin
you ever met an angry woman with a gun?
Have you ever eaten stolen cake?
Well, here's what happened when some crooks broke into an empty post office
and had a feast instead just as the baker of cakes arrived home tired
from Christmas shopping and reached for a gun that hung upon a nail high
on the wall in her kitchen.
Brendan Nolan recalls the true story of a pair of simple folk who carried
on the traditions of old Ireland past the point of wisdom.
Have you ever bought a bottle of holy water?
Have you ever wondered if it did any good?
Well here’s what happened when a simple soul poured the wrong water
into the right bottle.
for a dead dog
Brendan Nolan tells his original story of a licence for a dead dog.
Have you ever been asked to pay for a licence for something that does
Have you ever explained to a judge that he is just plain stupid?
Well here's what happened when a citizen was hauled before a court of
law. This is a live recording of the telling at Dublin Yarnspinners 15th
anniversary session in Dublin in June 2010. This story is featured in Brendan's hilarious collection of stories:
Barking Mad: Tales of Liars, Lovers, Loonies and Layabouts. Available
both in hard copy and as a Kindle
The recording is also featured as the lead track on the double CD Dublin
Yarnspinners celebrating 15 Years
Brendan Nolan tells his original story of what happened when a smiling
man called to the door of a lonely woman.
Have you ever contributed to a good cause?
But, what do you do if the good bits go bad?
Well here's what happened when Maria opened the door to a stranger.
A story of love challenged by doubt and cupidity.
Brendan Nolan tells his original story
of the blood field.
Did you ever think you heard noises in the night?
Have you ever seen someone pass by from a time long gone?
Well here's what happened when two children felt the hand of history touch
Have you ever thought about performing
in front of loads of people?
Have you ever been ejected from a public park?
Well here’s what happened when a out-of-work man became a performance
poet with a difference.
Haunting of a ballplayer
Have you ever dreaded being haunted?
Did you ever hear noises in the night?
Well here's what happened when a ballplayer believed a dead woman had
returned to visit him.
And a hand scratched on a windowpane in the still of night.
Humours of Dublin
Martin Nolan plays tunes against a backdrop of his native Dublin.
Martin joins storyteller Brendan Nolan to form Talepipe presenting tunes
and tales of their native city. Days and nights of fun and frolics
Martin Nolan features in this Talepipe video.
Pictures and editing are by Rita Nolan.
Talepipe is Martin Nolan playing tunes and Brendan Nolan telling tales.
The rest is legend.