Ghostly goings-on deep in heart of Glenariffe

THE Glens Storytelling Festival has been launched at Laragh Lodge in Glenariffe.

Organised by Antrim Glens Tourism, it aims to attract both tourists and local people for a celebration of the rich traditions of storytelling and music in the area from October 24-28.

This is a Storytelling and music festival.

On the lead up to Hallowe’en, the stories told will have a distinctly spooky flavour as the festival theme is one of ghosts, fairies and banshees.

Listeners of all ages will be welcome at venues.

So come and experience the true spirit of the Glens at this unique festival where listeners of all ages will hear tales of ghosts, fairies and witches to send shivers up their spines.



Thursday 25th October
You CAN tell stories- A Workshop with Liz Weir

If you want to improve your storytelling in time for Saturday afternoon’s story swap, this could be the session to come to for practical tips!
Ballyeamon Barn FREE

Thursday 25th October 9.30-11.00pm Evening of Stories, Music and Craic – Liz Weir and friends
Join Liz and some of our visiting tellers for a relaxing evening of stories and music
Mary McBride’s Bar, Cushendun FREE

Thursday 25th October 8.00-10.00pm An evening of Spooky Tales & Music – Colum Sands, Karen Edwards, Christine McMahon Colin Urwin
Visit the hotel with its own haunted room and listen to some tales which will chill your blood.
Ballygally Castle £5

Friday 26th October 8.00-10.00pm Tales and Tunes – an evening of stories and music- Kate Corkery Karen Edwards &Eamonn Keenan
An evening to sit back and relax listening to stories and traditional music in a rural location like a good old fashioned ceili Adult

Slemish Barn, Aughafatten

Friday 26th October 8.30-10.30pm Storytelling & Music Concert with Colum Sands, Niall de Burca, Christine McMahon, Kate Corkery
A concert of fine music and great storytelling with our guest artists,
Cushendall Golf Club £5

Friday 26th October 10.30pm Late Night Scary Stories
A chance to hear some of our guests tell spooky tales in a proper traditional pub setting.
Joe’s (McCollam’s) Bar, Cushendall

Saturday 27th October 11.00-11.45am Not So Scary Stories
Sessions for younger children – to book please contact libraries
Cushendall 02821771297 Ballycastle 03820762566
Carnlough 02828885552
Cushendall Library -Niall de Burca
Ballycastle Library – Christine McMahon
Carnlough Library –Kate Corkery FREE

Saturday 27th October 10.30am -12.30pm Scullion Hurls: Hurling with The Other Crowd –stories told by Gerry Donlon plus a display of hurley making by Micheal Sculllion– try your hand at hitting the slither!
Adult Scullion Hurls, Loughgiel –
16 Lough Road, Loughguile,
Ballymena, BT44 9JN
£10 children free

Saturday 27th October 10.00-11.00am Steenson’s, Glenarm: Tales of Gold & Silver told by Eamonn Keenan
Visit the jewellery workshop and see the handcrafted products while listening to some golden tales
Family Steenson’s, Glenarm FREE

Saturday 27 th October 11.30 -1.00pm Forest & Story Walk in partnership with Glenarm Walking Group. Janice Witherspoon & Karen Edwards & Eamonn Keenan
Stroll round the beautiful forest and stop to listen to a tale or two. Look out for red squirrels too!
Family Glenarm Forest
(meet at Forest Entrance) FREE

Saturday 27th October 3.00pm-4.00pm Tea & Tales at Blackthorn & Willow
Relax with a cup of tea or coffee and some of Roseanne’s tasty fare while listening to a story or two from Glenarm’s new resident storyteller Janice Witherspoon
Family Blackthorn & Willow, Glenarm £6 (includes refreshments)

Saturday 27th October 2.45pm-4.00pm Ghosts on the Coast: Tales at Manor House Rathlin –Christine McMahon
Take the ferry over to the island of enchantment and listen to some tales of the sea. Rathlin residents especially welcome as well!
Family Rathlin Island – Manor House
(2pm boat, 4.30pm return – weather permitting -) £5, children free
(not including ferry tickets))

Saturday 27th October 2.30pm-4.00pm Spooky crafts, stories, face painting and fancy dress – Liz Weir &Kate Corkery
A repeat of last year’s very popular event. Children can enjoy face painting, making crafts and can also hear some spooky tales. Fancy dress welcome!
Family Cushendall Golf Club £4 per child

Saturday 27th October 4.30-6.00pm Ghost Story Swap – your chance to tell a tale
Your chance to share a story with visiting tellers in the relaxing atmosphere of Joe’s
Adult Joe’s (McCollam’s) Bar, Cushendall FREE

Saturday 27th October 8.30-10.30pm An evening with Spooky Tales & Music – Colum Sands, Niall de Burca, Christine McMahon, Kate Corkery
Our first evening concert in Ballycastle, so we hope folks will come out to hear fine music and storytelling. Enjoy a special 2 course festival meal for £15 at the Marine beforehand (contact hotel to book)
Adult Marine Hotel, Ballycastle £5

Sunday 28th October 11.00 -12.30pm Forest & Story Walk– led by guides John Robbin and Fiona Jones
Join John and Fiona plus visiting storytellers for a relaxing stroll around the Waterfall Walk. We’ll pause for tales to be told. Look out for our Glens Red Squirrels.
Family Glenariffe Forest Park
(meet at Laragh Lodge) FREE

Sunday 28th October 1.00-2.30pm A Feast of Fearful Tales (with soup and sandwiches)
After a bracing walk have a warm bowl of soup and a bite to eat before sitting back to listen to stories.
Family Laragh Lodge, Glenariffe £6

Sunday 28th October 2.00-4.00pm Witch at Sea with Karen Edwards
Scary tales around Carnlough harbour aboard the Curiosity. To book contact Davy Smyth on 07720464044
Family Carnlough Harbour or Town Hall in case of bad weather! £6

Sunday 28th October 3.00 – 4.30pm
Stories and Songs in Time – with
Caoimhin Mac Gabhann, Josephine Mulvenna and friends
An afternoon of fine singing and local tales in a great setting.
Ballycastle Museum FREE

Sunday 28th October 8.30-10.30pm Spooky Stories & Strange Songs
Liz Weir, Kate Corkery, Karen Edwards
To round off the festival a final evening of tales and tunes Make a night of it and enjoy dinner there first.
Adult Londonderry Arms, Carnlough FREE

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