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Telling stories on radio

This programme began as a DCU students' project in the hot summer of 2013.
Each segment is self contained and is absorbing.
My contribution is on storytelling on radio. Select Brendan from the menu to see and hear it.

Stories of Dublin
 

These three shows began with a comedy night.
They were followed by a drama night, by when the shows had been listed in top Ten Things to see in Dublin, after one performance.
By the third, and final, night the show was sold out with a queue formed for cancellations.
That is: a full theatre with a waiting list for storytelling to an adult audience.
QED.

Matt Talbot and Hatcha in Stories of Dublin


Have you ever asked for intercession through prayer?
If you were not answered did you ask why?
Well here’s what happened when an aesthete died in Dublin and people sought relics of him.
small correction, the tongue slippeth: It was Rutland, not Russell, Street.

Wicklow Folk Tales
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Interview One for Wicklow Folk Tales in which the storyteller Brendan Nolan recounts how it all came about.
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Telling Wicklow Folk Tales
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Interview Two for Wicklow Folk Tales in which the storyteller Brendan Nolan recounts how it all came about.
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Dargle lovers

A romance that ended in a double tragedy close to the old village of Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow is a love story that is played out every year on the anniversary of the tragedy on Midsummer's Eve.
For Mary, one lover was not enough, but, two led to unforeseen consequences.


Danny Boy


Danny Boy is one of the best known love stories ever.
Whether it is a father keening for his son, or a mother her lost child or a lover lamenting the absence of a true love is for you to decide the truth of the love story here played out.


Spirit in the bottle

(Grimm's Brothers KHM 99) told in English by Brendan Nolan

 

Have you ever been broke?
Did you ever dream of finding your fortune?
Well here’s what happened when a young man found a bottle in the deep forest that looked interesting.

 

Bubbles the cat

Did you ever wonder what a quiet house across the road might mean?
Have you ever wondered if your neighbour has been murdered?
Well here’s what happened when a suspicious neighbour called the cops.

The Dollacher
this story is included in Dublin Folk Tales

A terrifying monster once stalked the streets of Dublin, seen as a great black devil pig.
Brendan Nolan, an expert storyteller and author of the upcoming 'Dublin Folk Tales', tells the chilling and surprising story of the Dolocher.
The spot he stands in was once known as 'Hell' a dark and shadowy lane behind Christchurch where the Dolocher met his end.


Loaded mother
this story is included in Dublin Folk Tales

Have you ever met an angry woman with a gun?
Have you ever eaten stolen cake?
Well, here's what happened when some crooks broke into an empty post office and had a feast instead just as the baker of cakes arrived home tired from Christmas shopping and reached for a gun that hung upon a nail high on the wall in her kitchen.


Brigid's water


Storyteller Brendan Nolan recalls the true story of a pair of simple folk who carried on the traditions of old Ireland past the point of wisdom.
Have you ever bought a bottle of holy water?
Have you ever wondered if it did any good?
Well here’s what happened when a simple soul poured the wrong water into the right bottle.

Licence for a dead dog


Storyteller Brendan Nolan tells his original story of a licence for a dead dog.
Have you ever been asked to pay for a licence for something that does not exist?
Have you ever explained to a judge that he is just plain stupid?
Well here's what happened when a citizen was hauled before a court of law.
This is a live recording of the telling at Dublin Yarnspinners 15th anniversary session in Dublin in June 2010.
This story is featured in Brendan's hilarious collection of stories: Barking Mad: Tales of Liars, Lovers, Loonies and Layabouts. Available both in hard copy and as a Kindle download.
The recording is also featured as the lead track on the double CD Dublin Yarnspinners celebrating 15 Years

Summer Loving



Brendan Nolan tells his original story of what happened when a smiling man called to the door of a lonely woman.
Have you ever contributed to a good cause?
But, what do you do if the good bits go bad?
Well here's what happened when Maria opened the door to a stranger.

The lie

A story of love challenged by doubt and cupidity.


Blood field


Brendan Nolan tells his original story of the blood field.
Did you ever think you heard noises in the night?
Have you ever seen someone pass by from a time long gone?
Well here's what happened when two children felt the hand of history touch their lives.

Performing poet

 

Have you ever thought about performing in front of loads of people?
Have you ever been ejected from a public park?
Well here’s what happened when a out-of-work man became a performance poet with a difference.

The Haunting of a ballplayer



Have you ever dreaded being haunted?
Did you ever hear noises in the night?
Well here's what happened when a ballplayer believed a dead woman had returned to visit him.
And a hand scratched on a windowpane in the still of night.  

Trailers

Dream of Love


Wedding storyteller



TalePipe

Humours of Dublin

Piper Martin Nolan plays tunes against a backdrop of his native Dublin.
Martin joins storyteller Brendan Nolan to form Talepipe presenting tunes and tales of their native city.

Days and nights of fun and frolics

 





Piper Martin Nolan features in this Talepipe video.
Pictures and editing are by Rita Nolan.
Talepipe is Martin Nolan playing tunes and Brendan Nolan telling tales.
The rest is legend.

© Brendan Nolan July 2011
copyright means you do not copy this piece to anywhere else.

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