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Traditional Irish Storytelling

Departs : College Green – outside Ulster Bank, 1:45pm daily

Price : €20

 

Please arrive 10 mins before departure!

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Join us on a magical journey through Ireland’s past and its rich folklore, aboard our unique bus. Your guide/storyteller will entertain and amuse you through the art of unique Irish storytelling. You will discover Ireland’s rich history; a history that is so inextricably linked with its mythology that at times it is hard to distinguish one from the other.  Listen to stories of a mythical time when pookas, fairies and giants roamed this land. Hear the tale of how the Vikings were outsmarted by three leprechauns; of epic battles and dangerous quests; of magic spells and true love. Visit the spot where Irish mermen are said to appear and who knows what you might see! Travel to the site of Ireland’s greatest battle and hear first-hand, how one of our greatest kings was killed.

To be sure, join us on our custom built storytelling bus and through storytelling, live poetry and song, let us take you on a journey to an Ireland of times gone by. It is no ordinary bus, we promise you won’t forget this magical evening!

 

“Travel in style, go on a thatched cottage bus with a bar!”

 

Went to Dublin for the Traditional Irish Storytelling tour and I have to say that it lived up to being great craic. The double decker bus was converted to a high standard with the downstairs sporting a traditional pub complete with piano and the upstairs giving the audience a real experience of being told old Irish stories by the fireside! The stories were told with a flourish and the two actresses kept even the younger members interested. The locations were excellent and well worth the journey and the pint of Guinness helped lubricate the pipes for a rendition of Molly Malone amongst other Irish ballads. The whole experience was one to be recommended!

 

 

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Traditional Irish Storytelling Tour Itinerary

 

Ireland's Only Custom Built Traditional Irish Storytelling Bus!

1) Depart From College Green Tourist Office 1.45pm
Join us on a magical journey through Ireland's past. A rich history that is so inextricably linked with its mythology. Listen to stories of a time gone by when pookas, fairies and giants roamed this land. Hear tales of how the Vikings were outsmarted by three leprechauns; of epic battles and dangerous quests; of magic spells and true love. Visit the spot where Irish mermen are said to appear and who knows what you might see! Travel to the site of Ireland's greatest battle and hear first-hand, how one of our greatest kings was killed in these beautiful surroundings. Listen to the origins of the Tuatha De Danaan and how they were forced to move underground and became known as Ireland's “Sidhe”, "Little People" or "faeries". Due to their magical nature, the Tuatha could still visit the land by using magic cloaks which made them invisible. Over the years the Tuatha De Danaan have appeared in many forms above ground, most commonly as Sidhe, pookas, banshees, fairies and the most famous of them all....the leprechaun! The trickiness of leprechauns is perfectly demonstrated by a story which comes to us from a time when the city of Dublin was on the verge of being founded!

2) Arrive at the peninsula of Beann Eadair
As we look out to the beautiful east at this magical location, you can see the small lighthouse on what is known as Howth Head. There have been many sightings over the years along this coastline of Irish mermen. These mermen or Merrows, are not known like their female counterparts as beautiful creatures. They are in fact a rather revolting sight. They have the tail of a fish, the torso of a man, small fins instead of arms, the snout of a pig and tiny ears. They wear small red caps on their heads and are very fond of a drink. Hear about Jack O' Mahoney's friendship with one; but please, do be careful where you sit! It was on this peninsula that many centuries ago the High King of Ireland, Conn of the Hundred Battles, used to spend many an evening strolling along its beaches. You see despite his wealth, power, his prowess in battle, and the great prosperity and peace he brought to Ireland, he had been unable to defeat the greatest enemy of all - death! Learn about the spell of Becúma as you re-board our bus, and let us take you back to the land of Morgan the Giant as you enjoy a complimentary drink!

3) St Anne's Park - Brian Boru, The Irish King
We make our next stop at Clontarf - the site of one of Ireland's biggest (and arguably the most important) battles. The Battle Of Clontarf signalled the end of Viking rule in Ireland but was also where one of Ireland's most famous kings, Brian Boru, was killed. This park is well known for its flora and fauna which is said to be very popular with the people of the Sidhe. The trees, shrubs and flowers provide perfect hideaways for these mystical creatures. So please do mind your step as they don’t take too kindly to being trod upon! If you’ll remember from the tale of the Viking king, the people of the Sidhe can be a vengeful lot! Wait, can you hear that scream behind you? Beware and please mind yourselves! 

4) Fionn MacCumahail
Don't forget about Fionn MacCumahail - the leader of the Fianna, a band of warriors who served the High King of Ireland. They were famed for their prowess in battle which was only matched by their good deeds. They lived by their motto, “Gláine ár croi, Neart ár ngéag, Beart de réir ár mbriathar” or in English “Purity of our hearts, Strength of our limbs, Action to match our speech”. Learn about the infamous trick played on Benandonner and the mystical memory of a giant running away in fear of an over-sized baby forever!

5) Finish at The Church Bar On Mary Street approx 3.45pm
The bus tour finishes at The Church Bar On Mary Street - the site where Arthur Guinness was married, and where the composer Handel practised his famous ‘Messiah’ before its first performance in Fishamble street, which is just across the river! But before we lead you inside, we have one more very special, traditional song we would like to sing for you!

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Ireland's Only Custom Built Traditional Irish Storytelling Bus!

“This is great fun!”

Reviewed 10 February 2015

Don't miss a daft 2 hours on this bus. My Daughter and I really had a good laugh. Dylan tells a good tale and keeps you mesmerised with his spooky and traditional stories. 25 euros for the trip on the bus that looks like a cottage from the outside and in including a bar (a free drink is included), a fireplace and a piano....really! You can't see where you are going as it would spoil the effect. There are 2 stops where you get off for 2 short walks for more stories. Wrap up well cos if the weather isn't cold, the stories will send a chill through you! Go on, go back to childhood...everyone enjoys a tall tale well told!

Visited February 2015

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 12 February 2014

This is probably the most amazing experience we've had in Dublin. The storyteller Dylan was so captivating, we didn't even noticed the bus moving. The bus makes two stops when you are required to step outside and enjoy the story in the park or on the beach. We were there during winter so it was sark already when we had stepped out of the bus but that just added the mistery to the stories. You even get a free drink on board and the beautiful sing along of Molly Malone. Magical.

Visited November 2014

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 16 August 2013

Went to Dublin for the Traditional Irish Storytelling tour and I have to say that it lived up to being great craic. The double decker bus was converted to a high standard with the downstairs sporting a traditional pub complete with piano and the upstairs giving the audience a real experience of being told old Irish stories by the fireside! The stories were told with a flourish and the two actresses kept even the younger members interested. The locations were excellent and well worth the journey and the pint of Guinness helped lubricate the pipes for a rendition of Molly Malone amongst other Irish ballads. The whole experience was one to be recommended!

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 July 2013

This tour was the nicest birthday surprise ever. It starts up beside Trinity College and brings you out to places like Clontarf and Dollymount Strand. There are two storytellers but lots of songs along the way. A lovely pint of guinness helped me remember the words of Molly Malone. This is such a lovely way to pass an evening - look at places and you dont even have to walk there. Its all part of the bus journey. I cannot think of anyone who would not enjoy this spin around Dublin in a thatched bus
Watch out for the fairies though!!!!

Visited July 2013