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BELLTABLE: Connect presents series of audio readings marking Celtic beginning of Spring 

Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, To celebrate the ancient festival Belltable has produced three new adaptations of Irish stories.

BELLTABLE: Connect presents series of audio readings marking Celtic beginning of Spring 

What is Imbolc or Imbolg as it’s often referred to?  Many might know it from school as Brigid’s Day.

Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Traditionally it was held on February 1 as it lands about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

To celebrate the ancient festival Belltable has produced three new adaptations of Irish stories.

These contemporary versions are inspired by the time of the Tuatha de Dannan – long before the Celts ever came to Ireland when Gods and Goddesses were common and the fairy people still lived over the ground.

The Tuath(a) Dé Danann (meaning “the folk of the goddess Danu”), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a supernatural race in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann constitute a pantheon whose attributes appeared in a number of forms throughout the Celtic world.

These stories of Étaín, Emer, and the Ulaid are written, directed, and read by some of your favourite Limerick artists.

Each 30-minute story is released on Friday, February 5, 12, and 19, for you to listen to on your walk, in the car, or at home.

Étaín
Written by Liam McCarthy
Directed by Terry Devlin
Read by Georgina Miller
Sound by Mark Bergin
Available from Friday 5 February

Hounds of Love (The Wooing of Emer)
Written by Helena Close
Directed by Frances Healy
Read by Jean McGlynn
Sound by Mark Bergin
Available from Friday 12 February

An Introduction to Celtic Literature 1010 (With a Hangover)
Written by Myles Breen
Directed by Simon Thompson
Read by Brian Roche
Sound by Mark Bergin
Available from Friday 19 February

All stories are available to listen to until 6 March 2021, 10 pm.

Tickets are free, with optional donation amounts. Book here.

For more stories on the Belltable go here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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