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Four Irish Tales

Four Irish Tales

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with

Four Irish Tales

Our encore bonus playlist for St. Patrick’s Day includes an Irish version of Cinderella, a fun story about a king who has a secret, a tale about the clever giant, Finn McCool, and of course a lovely poem about wee fairies riding through the night sky.

Spotlight Theme – Stories

As a former elementary teacher, a narrator of books for the blind, a storyteller at a low-income school, the published author of nine picture books, a frequent presenter at schools and conferences on “Linking Literature to Life”, and as the host of my own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story, I enjoy sharing my passion for stories with people of all ages and all walks of life.  And after a lifetime of being steeped in stories that stir my soul and make my heart sing, I believe that…

Good stories can give us space in our lives to pause and ponder some bolt of beauty, some truth, or some new way of looking at life.  It is what I call, the Story Souvenir

Souvenir is a French word, meaning to remember. So, it is some nugget of truth or some glimmer of truth about what it means to be human that will linger with us long after the last word is uttered – it is what our heart will remember most.

Each month we will pick one story for you to pause and ponder with your little listener – some discussion questions and some background about the country where the story takes place – or, as in this month’s episode, instead of focusing on the country, we will focus on the story’s theme.

Let’s start with some discussion questions for you to share with your little listener after you have heard the story.

Discussion Questions

Jar full of question marks
  • Which of these stories was your favourite and why?
  • Fair, Brown, and Trembling was an Irish version of Cinderella.  Can you name three things that were different from the Cinderella story you know?
  • Can you name the souvenir of each of these stories?
  • Which story souvenir do you find most helpful to your life?
  • What was the hardest secret you ever had to keep?  Why?
  • Have you ever done something brave to help someone you love?
  • Why did the Irish people find it easy to believe in what St. Patrick taught them about Christianity/ (hint – I explain this in the intro of this playlist)

Here are some other stories from our podcast that are related to this episode. 

Related episodes:

A  talented harpist is rewarded for his kindness to a leprechaun.  An old Irish tale adapted by Kathleen.

The Sheperd and the Fairies

When a young shepherd boy is lured away to the land of the fairies, he falls in love with lovely fairy lass, but after some time, he is so homesick for his native land, that he tells her he must return. 

The Pot of Gold

A fun Irish folktale about a man who comes upon a leprechaun in a cabbage field, and immediately he demands the leprechaun to show him where his pot of gold is hidden. But when he agrees to show him, it turns out it is. not going to be as easy as he thought to retrieve this treasure, because of course, leprechauns can be very cunning and crafty.

Huge thanks to Mila in France for this lovely note.

And huge thanks again to Mila for these lovely drawings inspired by some of our Journey with Story episodes.

Why Armadillos are Funny
Jemima Puddleduck
The Three Wishes

If you haven’t already done so, get in touch with us at and let us know your listener’s favorite story and send us their drawings and letters so we can share.

We love to hear from our listeners. Leave a comment below!

Join me next month for March’s Spotlight Story!

Feel free to visit my YouTube channel Kathleen Pelley

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