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Fireside is the Irish Storytelling Podcast. Kevin C. Olohan is your host and Fireside Bard. Every Wednesday, Kevin takes a story from Folklore or Mythology, gives it a fresh retelling, and discusses the story itself and the craft, culture and history of Storytelling. Whether you’re a folklore fanatic, or someone who just enjoys hearing a good yarn, you can always join Kevin by the Fireside.

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The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

2024-02-2928:56

In episode 238 of Fireside, Kevin adapts the Grimm Tale of The Frog Prince, a spoiled princess loses her precious golden ball, but when a mysterious frog offers to get it back for her, the princess may get more than she bargained for... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: 0141442220 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 237 of Fireside, Kevin adapts the Grimm Tale of Briar Rose, better known as The Sleeping Beauty. A king and queen are desperate to have a child, but when their blessing arrives, one uninvited guest could threaten to take it all away Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: 0141442220 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cinderella

Cinderella

2023-11-1032:31

In episode 236 of Fireside, Kevin continues the celebration of the folklore behind Disney, with a story of dress making trees, three day festivals, and brutal self-mutilation...what else but Cinderella? Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: 0141442220 Describe the Night tickets: https://glassmasktheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873652326/events/129505816 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Snow White

Snow White

2023-11-1035:31

In episode 235 of Fireside, Kevin begins a new chapter of the podcast, celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of Disney, by looking at the folklore origins of some of the company's most iconic movies. First up is the one that started it all - Hair black as ebony, lips red as blood, skin as white as snow...it's Snow White. Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: 0141442220 Describe the Night tickets: https://glassmasktheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873652326/events/129505816 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fireside of Horror V

Fireside of Horror V

2023-10-2652:44

In episode 234, It's the fifth annual Fireside Halloween Special! This year Kevin takes another look at the gothic masterpiece Dracula, reading a segment where Jonathan Harker begins to suspect something is suspicious about his mysterious host Count Dracula... In a second reading, Kevin compares Dracula with the earlier gothic work Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane wakes in the middle of the night to sound of demonic laughter, she follows the sound into the room of her master Mr. Rochester. There Jane finds the room on fire, and with Mr. Rochester asleep in the bed! Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/drac-3.html https://victorianweb.org/authors/bronte/cbronte/janeeyre/15.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Witches' Excursion

The Witches' Excursion

2023-10-2632:07

In episode 233 of Fireside, Kevin tells the whimsical tale of a man who wakes up in the middle of the night to discover a party being held in his kitchen. A party of witches, all gearing up for a hell of a night out.... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 232 of Fireside, Kevin tells the gruesome tale of a priest's long journey home - the farmer's complain that their cows give no milk...and the priest may have found out why - bringing about a horrific encounter that will make him question everything... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The McCarthy Banshee

The McCarthy Banshee

2023-10-2532:01

In episode 231 of Fireside, Kevin tells the gothic tale of Charles McCarthy, who lives a hedonistic life of whiskey, wine and women. But when his lifestyle catches up to him, and Charles has a brush with death - what will he do with his second chance? Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 230 of Fireside, Kevin tells a tale of the figure that heralds the death of Irish families...Thomas Connolly is on his way to visit old Biddy Maguire. But when he reaches the old stone bridge he meets a woman who gives him quite the tale to tell... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Pooka's Tower

The Pooka's Tower

2023-10-2230:43

In episode 229 of Fireside, Kevin tells the tale of Daniel O'Rourke who drunkenly leaves a party and ends up encountering a bog, an eagle, a whale, a flock of geese, and even the man on the moon...or is it just one shapeshifting faerie? Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Kildare Pooka

The Kildare Pooka

2023-10-2027:41

In episode 228 of Fireside, Kevin tells the tale of the staff of a Dublin townhouse, all of whom begin to hear creaks and clatters in the night. Who has cleaned the kitchen? Was it one of them? Or was it a shapeshifting faerie? Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Changeling Bride

The Changeling Bride

2023-10-1531:18

In episode 227 of Fireside, Kevin tells a changeling tale with a twist - Jamie Friel works hard and looks after his mother. But one Halloween he takes a visit up to the ruins of an old castle, to meet the other folk and seek his fortune... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 226 of Fireside, Kevin tells the bloody tale of Abhartach, a supernatural demon dwarf who terrorised the folk of Derry a long time ago. Abhartach may also have inspired a Dublin writer who would redefine the world of horror... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/dracula-bram-stoker-inspiration Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radiant Boy

The Radiant Boy

2023-10-1130:20

In episode 225 of Fireside, Kevin tells the ghost story of Captain Stewart, who while hunting, gets caught in a storm. After taking refuge in a large country estate, the captain has an encounter that may change the course of his life, and indeed, his death... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stewart,_Viscount_Castlereagh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 224, Kevin explores the ghost story of a hard working, honest woman named Grace Connor, whose spirit has unfinished business with the mortal world. Also featuring the poem A Legend of Tyrone by Ellen O'Leary Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brendan the Navigator

Brendan the Navigator

2023-09-1432:23

In episode 223 of Fireside, Kevin weaves the worlds of Myth, Religion and History with the story of Brendan the Navigator, who set out to discover the Isle of the Blessed, and on his way may have discovered a few other lands... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=may2s9j4RLk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 222 of Fireside, Kevin enters the world of Chinese Mythology with the ancient tale of the Zodiac. How it came about, what it's purpose was, and how its animals were chosen... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/st-brendan-and-the-original-big-fish-story Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The White Trout

The White Trout

2023-07-2828:43

In episode 221 of Fireside, Kevin tells the Irish folk tale, of the tragedy of two lovers, and the vow of a princess to wait for her love, whatever the cost, even if it means spending an eternity as a fish... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Tales-Ireland-William-Butler/dp/0684829525 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 220 or Fireside, Kevin tells the of the voyage of Máel Dúin, who's troubled birth leads him on a sea voyage to find his parents and avenge his father. But how many islands will it take to find his answer? Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: maeldun_en.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Isis and Osiris

Isis and Osiris

2023-06-1533:06

In episode 219 of Fireside, Kevin dives into Egyptian Mythology with the epic love story of the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. The King of all of Egypt is buried alive by his treacherous brother Set, but Isis will not rest until her husband is found - dead, alive...or in pieces... In episode 218 of Fireside, Kevin tells the Irish folk tale of Teig O'Kane - an irresponsible and wandering rover. After his father gives him an ultimatum based on his behaviour, Teig takes a moonlit walk, and runs into twenty faeries carrying a dead body. But by the end of the night, it just might be Teig who is the corpse... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Source: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/e/roman/texts/plutarch/moralia/isis_and_osiris*/a.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Omar Sharawy

Although I already know this story as an Egyptian, I enjoyed your special storytelling skills. keep it up.

Apr 18th
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Omar Sharawy

Hello Kevin, I was trying to learn about the Irish culture recently as I am going to relocate to Cork city next month for work. I would like to say that I enjoyed your stories Kevin, you are the best.

Apr 16th
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Tracey Walker

Really enjoying listening to Kevin, have lost myself in his delightful storytelling and explanations.

Nov 16th
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Deirdre Bradway

so glad someone recommended this podcast to me. I often walk down the road grinning as I listen. probably appear to be the village idiot 😊

Dec 29th
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twter

a fantastic podcast! the background noise is so soothing and the stories riveting. carry on keeping the legacy of Irish storytelling living!

Jun 5th
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Cass

The beheading trial also resembles that in Gawaine and the Green Knight, which is interesting!

Apr 3rd
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Jaymes

great podcast!

Aug 20th
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