Seanchaí: Celtic Story Teller

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The Seanchaí means (“old lore”) Seanchaithe in Gaelic. A traditional Celtic Story teller and Historian. This tradition even continues in contemporary times.

Seanchaithe (plural) in ancient times served the Clan Chiefs. They were keepers of the history and stories for their tribe. These Celtic storytellers used their own special artistry and dialect that was unique to the Irish folk tradition.

Source & Reference:

  • Robinson, M (1985) The Concise Scots Dictionary Chambers, Oxford ISBN 0-08-028491-4
  • Illustration of a Seanchaí sharing a story (Public Domain)

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