A storytelling and folklore podcast.
Telling some of the famous and not so famous British and Irish myths, legends and folktales, in no particular order.
Coming direct from South Yorkshire it is currently regularish, and will feature all of the above and whatever other miscellaneous snippets take my fancy.
Presented by Graeme. Website at http://www.TalesofBritainandIreland.com
We continue our look into the beginnings of the Fenian cycle with a grisly plot item, a definitive answer to the question of whether fish-oils are good for the brain (in very specific circumstances), one weird trick to beat narcolepsy and an obligatory climactic shown down for the young Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Musical credits, sources and more at https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episode-4-the-boyhood-of-fionn-part-2/ #myth #mythology #folklore #legends
Thumbs up for Fionn
This episode continues the podcast’s look into the beginnings of the Fenian cycle. There’s a grisly plot item, a definitive answer to the question of whether fish-oils are good for the brain (in very specific circumstances), one weird trick to beat narcolepsy and an obligatory climactic showdown for the young Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
To not be too spoilery I also think that the bait and switch final battle in this is genuinely excellent.
Oh and the episode is going to keep threatening at some poetry.
But that’s just the start (not the Fionnish?)
Continue with all the fun of the Fenian Cycle with the next episode:
The origin story of two of the most important characters in The Fenian cycle: Fionn’s dogs. We’ll learn about the dangers of an angry ex, the…
The Big Fish
These days the Salmon of Knowledge has been memorialised in a Belfast statue which appropriately for this story features some poetry. I’m not going to retype out the whole Wikipedia article here but it’s worth a little gander.
The Illustrated showdown
- Gods and Fighting men – Lady Augusta Gregory at Sacredtexts.org
- The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn at Mary Jones
- Silva Gadelca – Translated by Standish O’Grady at archive.org
- Oral and Literary Fenian Tales – Alan Bruford at Jstor
- Duanaire Finn = The Book of the lays of Fionn : Part III – Gerard Murphy at archive.org
- Irish Faerie Tales – James Stephens
Musical credits for Episode 4: The Boyhood of Fionn Part 2
Intro and outro theme from the incredibly talented Alice Nicholls Music
Other music, used under various Creative Commons licenses:
Lark in the morning. The Atholl Highlanders
Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy
Railroad’s Whiskey Co
His Last Share of the Stars
Reservoir Sunset (Full Synth Mix)