Sneem International Folklore & Storytelling Festival 

The colourful, charming, prizewinning village of Sneem in Kerry will play host to storytellers, singers, lecturers and musicians from Ireland and abroad.

Events are held across several locations (including local hostelries) in this charming, colourful village set amongst the beautiful mountains on the Ring of Kerry.

Storytelling was part of the fabric of life in the Iveragh Peninsula in South Kerry for centuries and the festival is breathing life back into this all but lost tradition in the area.

There is a story in all of us and the festival is a platform for all enthusiasts, young and old, to enjoy a yarn and share a tale”, commented Batt Burns, festival founder and renowned seanchaí.

This year the festival has attracted leading professional storytellers who will perform at the Storytelling Concert on the Friday night of the festival. Renowned storytellers from the USA, other Counties of Ireland and the UK.

Patrons can look forward to storytelling walks in the countryside, adult and children’s storytelling workshops and talks including a conversation with best-selling Irish authors and poets.

There is also a storytelling pub trail, a Young Tellers concert (11-18 year olds), lunchtime theatre (‘Faith Healer’ by Brian Friel, performed by Sneem DramSoc) and the hugely popular ‘Story Swap Sessions’ which are hosted by our featured tellers over the weekend and where members of the public can come along to share and swap stories with each other.

Come join in Ireland’s oldest form of entertainment, explore the fabulous scenery and rich local heritage, join with the locals around the turf fires in the local pubs listening to traditional Irish music and stories.

There is also bus trips to Staigue Fort and Derrynane House, home of The Liberator Daniel O’Connell, and trips to other historical places. 

Sample some traditional Irish music and storytelling with a major concert on the Friday night and a play on the Saturday night. In 2014 we had the fabulous Tom Crean Antartic Explorer written and performed by Aidan Dooley held in the Sneem Hotel.

We also have our fabulous Young Tellers (under 16 years old) who are our seanachai of the future, come and see them they will amaze you with their stories.

For This Years Itinerary:

Visit the Storytelling website here:

Location: Sneem, Co. Kerry

Telephone: +353(0)861522346 

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