The land of storytellers has its epics
With a mythology to rival that of Greece and Rome, a people just as old, and a culture so different that the rest of the continent, Ireland's storytelling tradition has flourished as one of the world's greatest.
On this walk through Dublin, we will visit the sites that are connected to these old stories, not to mention quite a few fresher stories that, in turn, will caste their shadow on the centuries.
The songs we'll hear will sometimes be linked to the stories told; other times they stand alone - unique, yet bowing to traditional motifs, rhythms, and structures.
We'll enjoy a journey through Ireland and Dublin's traditions of stories and song that's as mixed a landscape as the country itself!
From tales that prophesy the bloody destiny of Ulster (which includes Northern Ireland), to origin myths that connect the Irish to characters in the Bible. With monuments older that the pyramids, and rivers older still, the mysteries of those who came before and who still watch us remain, propagated by the orders of the 'file' (poets) & storytellers for over a millennium.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Outside the Bald Barista café, Aungier St.
End location: O'Connell St., General Post Office
Duration: 2 hours
Guided walk through the streets of Dublin.
Entry to some hidden sites you wouldn't discover on your own.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6 EUR - We'll grab a snack and/or coffee to go
Souvenirs, food and drink
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
Guiding inside some attractions, e.g. Trinity Library, Dublinia, is restricted somewhat.
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We had a wonderful walking tour with Garvan of the city of Dublin - highlighted by stories and songs! Garvan is very knowledgeable of Ireland and you can tell that he is very passionate about his homeland. He made history come alive with his stories (OK, some of them may have been slightly exaggerated - but who lets the truth interfere with a good story?!) We also learned about famous Irish musicians and had a wonderful guessing game of "Who sang this?" We only wish the tour had been longer!