The Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival opened with two of the world's most famous bards hailing Irish folklore as amongst the richest on the planet.

The festival, now in its 19th year, has earned a worldwide reputation for the island 13km off the west Cork coast with American Tim Tingle and Italian Paola Balbi admitting they were honoured to be invited.

“The idea is to tell the story in such a way and in such a place as the stones will speak,” Paola said.

The Italian storyteller, who lives in Rome, said there was now a growing interest amongst people in stories that linkedthem to their place, their culture, their people and their history


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