Aideen McBride will launch ‘Tipperary Folk Tales’ on October 17th

‘Tipperary Folk Tales’, written and illustrated by storyteller Aideen McBride and published by The History Press Ireland, will be launched at 3pm on Saturday, October 17th in Thurles Library.

‘Tipperary Folk Tales’, written and illustrated by storyteller Aideen McBride and published by The History Press Ireland, will be launched at 3pm on Saturday, October 17th in Thurles Library.

Dan Fannin, editor of the ‘Tipperary Historical Society’, will officially launch the book.

The book is part of the ‘County Folk Tales’ collection, a 32-volume series which is being produced by the History Press Ireland and which contains stories from ancient mythology and local history and some of the best Leprechaun stories Aideen has ever come across in-between.

Discover how the first settlers came to Ireland, what might happen if you join in the singing of the fairies of Knockgraffon and the many places where treasure might be hidden.

Find out how Lough Derg, Knockshegowna and Slievenamon got their name. Meet legendary poets, pipers and shoemakers and kings. From age old legends and fantastical myths to amusing anecdotes and cautionary tales, this collection is a heady mix of bloodthirsty, funny passionate and moving stories that will take you into a remarkable world where you can let your imagination run free.

As well as websites, journals, newspaper archives and publications from the 1800s, the book draws heavily from sources in the National Folklore Archives in UCD. The collections held there include a selection of stories compiled by schools in 1930s, as well as stories gathered by celebrated folklorists Martin Burke and Seosamh Ó Dálaigh in the 1930s and 1940s.

This is Aideen’s second book in the series. Her first, ‘Carlow Folk Tales’, was written in collaboration with her father, Jack Sheehan, and was published in March 2014.

The launch will be preceded by a family storytelling session (2pm-3pm) hosted by Aideen where she will tell some of her favourite stories from the book.