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The Children of Lir

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The Tap Tavern

9 Guardwell

P17 AF50 Kinsale

Ireland

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A poetic reimagining of one of Irelands most loved stories from an eco/psychological perspective

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Come join for an evening of myth and magic, as the multi talented Joanna Ryan–Purcell performs a dramatic reading of her book of prose poetry, Children of Lir – The Journey Through the Curse.

One of Ireland's best known tales, it tells the story of King Lir and his four children. After their mother died, Lir married her sister Aoife. However, his new wife soon grew jealous of Lir's affection for his children and cast a spell on them which turned them into four white swans. They spent the nest nine hundred years living on various lakes around Ireland, with the curse only being lifted when they heard the ringing of a church bell. They were changed back into old men and women and died on the lakeshore where they were baptised and buried by Caomhag, the monk who had rung the bell.

Joanna's book is an imaginative retelling of the myth from an eco/psychological perspective. It looks at what happened to the land after the curse, and follows the children as they go on their personal journeys of isolation through the darkness of the human mind, until the transformative moment when the characters finally find break the curse and find their way out of the darkness and into the light.

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The Tap Tavern

9 Guardwell

P17 AF50 Kinsale

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Organiser Kinsale Storytellers

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Kinsale Storytellers was founded in 201 by Patrick Doyle with the aim of retrieving some of Ireland’s forgotten stories and giving them new life. Stories, like old friends, can disappear for a long time, but the good ones always turn up when they are most needed. They are tabernacles in which the spirit of a people is preserved and without them we cannot know who we are, what we have been through, or how we have made sense of our experience. It is the stories we tell that gives shape to the world and in traditional cultures storytelling was considered a scared function for they understand that it is the retelling of the stories which shaped the world that helps keep the world in shape.

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