A Seanchaí is...

A Seanchaí is a traditional Irish storyteller/historian. The word Seanchaí (Plural: Seanchaithe) means a bearer of "old lore" (seanchas). In the ancient Celtic culture, the history and laws of the people were not written down but memorised in long lyric poems which were recited by bards. In that ancient society, bards held a position of esteem, second only to kings. Bards memorised vast amounts of poetry which they performed live, and their poems and songs were often the only historical record available. Some may consider them to be historians. Bards evolved into storytellers called Seanchaithe. Some of them were members of a settled community and might be termed "village storytellers" who told their stories and tales at ceremonies and community events. We love to think of ourselves as modern Seanchaithe, who use images and words to preserve and enhance the heritage of the rich cultural texture of Connemara.


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CARRAROE Breathnach's Eurospar

CASLA Tigh an Bhreatnaigh (Texaco Petrol Station)

CLIFDEN Clifden Bookshop - Main Street

GALWAY Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop - Middle Street

GLYNSK Glynsk House Bar & Craft Shop

LEENANE Sheep & Wool Centre

LETTERFRACK Cloverfox Hostel, Restaurant & Craft Shop
Letterfrack Country Shop

LETTERMORE Ruadhrí O Conchubhair (Centra Supermarket)

MOYARD Cottage Handcrafts - N59

OUGHTERARD Henry Keogh Shop - Main Street

SPIDDAL An Spailpín Fánach (Ceardalann Village)
Standún - Connemara Coast Road

WESTPORT Mc Loughlins Bookshop - Shop street
Seamus Duffy - Bridge Street
Tertulia - 2, The Harbour Mill - The Quay

Where you can buy our books