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We are a group of storytellers, performers, and musicians. We tell Irish myths to a live audience with live music. Candlelit Tales was founded by brother-sister storytelling duo Aron and Sorcha Hegarty. Driven by a passion for Irish mythology, we started retelling the stories to a near-empty room upstairs in a Dublin pub one rainy evening in November. The next week, the room was a lot less empty, and we were joined by musician Ru O’Sé. By the fourth week, the room was full, and so was the ha ...
 
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Show NotesWelcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Emer and the only time she experienced jealousy so fully it brought her to a battle rage. The story is also known as ‘T…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Finibhear, the daughter of Queen Medb of Connaught This re-telling is inspired by true events that happen all around us all the t…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Findchoem, who is mostly remembered for her relationships to the heroes of the Ulster Cycle. She was related to Conchubar Mac Nes…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. Sorcha and Aron chat about the stories so far.You might recognise the characters in this series from the Táin saga. These stories stand alone, linked …
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Friuch, the swine herd of Munster. Friuch once had a close friend called Rucht. The two of them shared a lot in common, as they w…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. In this episode you will hear the story of Ferdia Mac Daman, warrior of Connaught, told by Rú O’Shea. You might recognise the characters in this serie…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Neasa, the woman who was once called Easa. She was called this because Easa means gentle, but after seeing the horrific murder of…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and back to the Battle Rage Series. This year we decided to choose lesser known characters from the Ulster Cycle, and tell their most interesting stories. This is the story of Laeg, charioteer to the Champion of Ulster, Cuchulainn. He was know as the king of charioteers when he died. But as a youth it's …
 
This podcast was brought to you by our Patreon supporters. We say it every week, but it’s not just a slogan. This was brought into stark focus for us last week as the equipment purchased by Patreon donations decided to spontaneously and simultaneously go on strike! So with the podcast delayed, Aron and Sorcha jumped on a call to thank our Patreon p…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the first episode of our last series of 2021. In this episode we got together and talked out the plan we have in store for the Battle Rage Series. Each year for the past seven years we have always told the Táin Bó Cuailnge, or a variation of it. We have several iterations of this Irish epic record…
 
Samhain Eve Special!Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and the last episode of our Superstitions Series. We had the pleasure of talking with Anthony Murphy from Mythical Ireland about the last three stories, and we hope you enjoy our conversation even half as much as we did.In this episode we talk to Anthony about the wider connotations f…
 
Part of our 2021 Samhain Superstitions SeriesStory by Sorcha and Aron HegartyMusic and composition by Oisín RyanProduced by Ruairi O’Shea & Oisín RyanThis podcast is proudly sponsored by the people who donate to us each month viahttps://www.patreon.com/candlelittales and anyone who sends us a once-off donation through the Paypal button on our websi…
 
*******Part of our 2021 Samhain Superstitions SeriesThe infamous story of the murder of Brigid Cleary became well known as the last witch burning of the nineteenth century. The world turned it’s gaze at Ireland in 1895, when Michael Cleary was found guilty of manslaughter after burning his own wife to death. The only reason he wasnt charged with mu…
 
Part of our 2021 Samhain Superstitions SeriesThis is a story of the Good Folk and their ways. When we think of the fairies, we might think of the leprechauns, hiding pots of gold with a twinkle in their eyes. We might think of funny little rascals, playing harmless pranks and tricks. We don’t often think of them the way we used to, back when they w…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the post show chat episodes about our collaboration with ‘The Embers Collective’, and we will hear from Lonan Jenkins, Oisin Ryan as they compare notes about the stories they shared.If you missed episode 132 of this series, have a listen before this episode to avoid spoilers, or after if you prefe…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the post show chat episodes about our collaboration with ‘The Embers Collective’, and we will hear from Sarah Lisa and Ruairi O’Shea as they compare notes about the stories they shared.If you missed episode 131 of this series, have a listen before this episode to avoid spoilers, or after if you pr…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the post show chat about our collaboration with ‘The Embers Collective’. In this episode we will hear from Sam Rixy and Aron Hegarty as they compare notes about the stories they shared, as well as hearing Sorcha Hegarty's take on the whole thing. If you missed episode 130 of this series, have a li…
 
Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the last story episode in our Echoes Series.Episode 132 - has the story of Sleeping Beauty followed by the story of Capturing Bláthnát.In this series you will hear one story from The Embers Collective, and the Irish story we think echoes something intrinsic in it. It may not be identical, but ther…
 
Welcome to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the penultimate episode in the Echoes series.Episode 131 - has the story of The Devil’s Violin followed by the story of The King’s Harp.In this series you will hear one story from The Embers Collective, and the Irish story we think is it’s echo something intrinsic in it. It may not be identical, but th…
 
Welcome to a brand new series; EchoesWhen any story is told, you can hear others echo in its re-telling.We often get messages about how the great warrior Cuchulainn reminds people of the hero Achilles. How Fionn is our Odin, or Manannan Mac Lir our version of Poseidon or Neptune. And when you look at any of the great stories, you will often find a …
 
Welcome back to the Invasions Series. This series is all about the oldest stories of Ireland, and the people who came to this land from afar over thousands of years. And this is the very last episode of a long series taken from the Book of Invasions. This cycle of Irish Myth is also known as the “Mythic Cycle” of Irish Mythology and we are sad to c…
 
Welcome back to the Invasions Series. This is the last episode of this fairly long series. And we decided to end it on a caracter we met in the very first story, and one who has cropped up a couple of times since; Fintan Mac Bocera. He is known as the wise seer, and spiritual connection between man and island. He transformed to become one with ever…
 
Welcome back to the Invasions Series. We’re coming towards the end of this series, and today we're talking about the Sons of Mil, the last peoples to come to mythic Ireland. We’re talking about the “good” Tuatha de Dannan and how they might not be so black and white as all that; the gods and goddesses of the island and how it got its name at last; …
 
Welcome back to the Invasions Series. This series is all about the oldest stories of Ireland, and the people who came to this land from afar over thousands of years. The last of the mythic peoples to arrive came not with a conquering eye, but with a wandering one. And after their curiosity and wonder was met with suspicion and violence, they return…
 
Welcome back to the Invasions Series. Today we're talking about the Second Battle of Moy Tura.We’ll be chatting about good vs evil (or not!); the climax of the conflict between the Old God and the New; the final defeat of the Fomorians, and the curious habit they and the Tuatha de Dannan had of mixing. Why were so many of the Tuatha de Dannan’s gre…
 
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