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An Irish Bard – The Story of a Modern Irish Poet and Storyteller (#204)

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Episode Summary:

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Letter from Ireland Show.In this episode, Carina talks with a very unique individual that we discovered in the wilds of West Cork! Cormac Lally originally comes from Tullamore in County Offaly – but now resides in Skibbereen in County Cork where he makes a living as a modern Irish Bard. We worked with Cormac recently on putting one of our Green Room member’s Family history to verse – and were delighted with the outcome! So, if you would like to hear the story of a modern Irish Bard – and hear that family history we mentioned – then please do listen on!

The Letter from Ireland Show is a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

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  • Anthony Maroney says:

    That young lady is very good In her statements of the Irish songs, in which I like to see more of the same

  • G Lawrence says:

    I really loved hearing Cormac relate Jim Purcell’s history. So well done! Thank you

  • Sandy Laferriere says:

    Absolutely loved this Letter. 😊❤️ Thank you Carina . Cormac, your talent is wonderful and boy did that take me back to Skibbereen and Corner Bar. 😊

  • janice ward says:

    Great letter from Ireland. Loved Cormac’s poem. Janice Ward

  • janice ward says:

    Loved this letter from Ireland. What a talent has Cormac!!!! Janice Ward

  • christine mulcahy says:

    very beautiful poem enjoyed it thank you for sharing

  • Diana OConnell Murray says:

    Thank you for sharing your poems Cormac, it was a pleasure of listening to old Irish Bards..thank you Carina… Diana O’Connell Murray…

  • Laura Shiels says:

    Charming series. I don’t read every letter right away, but I save them for a lazy day. I’ll share the recent bard with some people I know who are avid genealogists.

    Private information: My grandfather was from Donegal, a tiny village north of Letterkenny. Spelt variously, it’s something like Carronnagannanogh, depending on the census form, note-taker and transcriber. It was also abbreviated in my father’s & aunt’s speech & sounded like Carnaganogh. My grandfather died in Scotland when my father was young, so I never met him. The family visited the village & my aunt remembered people saying, ‘Michel og’, indirectly referring to them as being descended from the son of Michael.

  • Lee O'Brian says:

    Oh, how I enjoyed Cormac’s poem. My stepfather was a Purcell. Although I never knew anything of his ancestry, it was interesting to know Purcell was a very Irish name.

  • Cheryl johnson says:

    Thank you , it was great to hear the Bard

  • jackie mcgovern says:

    Oh my my what a gift you have me I loved every minute of the podcast❤
    IRISH BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS

    • Mike Collins says:

      Well thank you Jackie. It was a treat for us too to have Cormac drop in to the letter from Ireland show and recite his verse in person!

  • Beth Putnam says:

    Glad to her this! What a lovely subject idea!

  • Carol Kemister says:

    I found the Irish Bard episode extremely interesting because co-incidentally, my husband, of Irish descent, has also created poems for various events in his life including when he was Best Man at both weddings of a close personal friend. He picks similar topics, and has a lovely one about his grandfather and recited one about his Dad at his funeral service. He has been published on ABC radio in Australia as well as performing some of his poems at an Award Ceremony for a well known magazine here. Who knew it was the Irish Bsrd in him coming out! Thanks for your podcast on this topic. I found it interesting and stimulated me to learn more if his family history in Ireland.

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