The 2014 Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival takes place from Wednesday Oct 8 to Saturday Oct 11.
As well as Pat Speight from Cork and Jim Maher from Kilkenny, local singers, storytellers and musicians will play an essential part in the festival.
The four-night event opens at the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnitty with a Rambling House session on Wednesday, October 8.
A special feature of this year’s programme is an evening of stories and song that includes a three-course meal in the gracious surrounds of Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois. This happens at 7pm on Thursday October 9 and as places are limited booking is essential.
On Friday night, October 10, proceedings adjourn to the Leap Castle in Offaly near the Tipperary town of Roscrea. With a reputation as the most haunted Castle in Ireland the night in the Leap is always special as the ancient keep resounds to the crackling of the great fire and peals of laughter.
The final night promises to be a fantastic gala conclusion to the festival as the parish hall in Aghancon, not far from the Leap Castle, hosts the storytellers, musicians and singers for one last hurray before the festival closes.
You can contact Mick Creagh at 087-9407573 For further information and booking contact Frank Bergin at (087) 285 7271, Hannah and Paddy Flynn, Roundwood House (057) 8732120 or www.slievebloom.ie