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Storyteller Niall De Burca To Visit Thurles Library

Storyteller Niall de Burca

Storyteller Niall de Burca

Traditional storyteller Niall de Burca will visit Thurles Library, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Wednesday next the 8th October 2009 at 2 p.m. This is a free event and is suitable for both adults and children and is promoted by Europe Direct Information Centre, Thurles Library.

Niall brings to life traditional Irish stories and rhymes that both entertain and enlighten his audience.

Raised in Galway on the west coast of Ireland and now living in Ireland’s capital  Dublin, Niall is recognised for the diversity of his stories and with an ability to reach all ages. He is a familiar figure to many Irish children through his innovative school programmes. His “Storytelling As A Tool Of Education” workshops are highly recommended by educators. In May 2002 he received a Medal Of Excellence from the Heidleberg school district in Germany for his work with young authors.

Another important aspect of his work is the interpretation of museum and art gallery exhibitions. These include performances on the life and works of Max Ernst and kinetic sculptor Len Lye.

In October 2001 Niall produced the first storytelling series for the Museum of Country Life at Castlebar, County Mayo. At present he is creating a new collection of tales based on objects in the Museum’s collection.

In January 2004 he produced Blackwater Story stream, a peace and reconciliation initiative using storytelling to link together fifty schools in the border counties of Armagh, Monaghan and Tyrone. In November 2004 he directed Scéalta Shamhna, Dublin’s annual celebration of the oral tradition.

In 2005 Niall produced Tale Tellers, a CD of Irish teenagers relating traditional stories and rhymes.

Schools please note, this event should not be missed.

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