5 Minute Irish Stories Welcome to my collection of traditional Irish stories. There are four sets of stories- an Orientation , a motivational tale and a list of sources. Each story is numbered so you can use your browser's search function to find a random story to explore. You may send me comments via e. mail.
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When I teach Irish Studies I always come to class with my black file box of cards of verse. I take a moment in each class to pass them out to my students. Each student gets a card and reads the short line or short story from it. Then the students are instructed to pair up with one another selecting someone in the class that they do not know. Then, each tells the story or reads the verse to the other. In this way after each class period each student has two new sayings or stories. After exchanging the tales I ask students to select the strangest of the lot. Undoubtedly this process focuses upon elements of the Celtic or Traditional Irish aesthetic. One might also find this technique useful at family gatherings and party’s. It is a good way to infuse the traditional into the contemporary and to avoid the arguments which come up at family events when there is a cultural void. Take a moment to raise up these stories from the printed page and place them back into our culture where they might take on real life. I have included both the very short and the moderate length tales. This gives the reader a choice. Some do not do as well reading the longer as the shorter. Additionally I have tried to provide a variety of styles. This “stew” aids in identifying the Irish or perhaps Celtic aesthetic which runs through the storytelling tradition as a constant through time. I have purposely not categorized these stories. The intent is for the reader to browse through the stories so as to experience a wide a range of the variety of the tradition as possible. Those wishing to search for a specific topic are reminded that they can use their Browser ‘s search feature to search these pages. return to the top
Many of the stories appear in several of the sources listed below.
A Celtic Miscellany., Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson, Penguin Books, 1975
Folktales of Ireland., Sean O’ Sullivan, The University of Chicago Press, 1966.
Irish Folk-Tales., Ed. Henry Glassie, Penguin,1985.
The Kiltartan Books., Lady Agusta Gregory, Oxford University Press, 1971 return to the top
Irish Myths and Legends., Lady Gregory,Running Press, 1998.
Irish Folk Stories for Children.,T.Crofton Croker.,Mercier,1983.
Irish Fairy Tales.,Jeremiah Curtin.,Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland., Ed. W.B. Yeats., Macmillan,1983.