M.C.s 2020

The talented bunch who will introduce this year’s tellers and films.

Indeed more than MCs, these much loved characters will be telling their tales too!

Jack Lynch

Dubliner Jack has been the featured Irish storyteller at the Cape Clear Festival on three occasions. A founder member of Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann, he has told at festivals throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America. www.jackstory.com

Paddy O’Brien

Born in Co Kerry he is a natural storyteller who has appeared at the Cape Clear Storytelling festival on three occasions including the first festival in 1994. He has also featured regularly at many of the other Irish storytelling festivals such as Slieve Bloom and Courtmacsherry. .

Pat Speight

Pat has told stories from Cork to Tennessee, Belfast to Montreal, North of England to Sardinia and many places in between. He has told stories to groups of two to 1200. A featured teller at festivals all over Ireland, England, and North America, is a regular visitor to Cape Clear. He was Storyteller-in-Residence to Cork County Council in 2002. He is the MC for the ever popular “Story Swap” event on Saturday afternoon.

Liz Weir

From County Antrim she is the founder of the Yarnspinner community storytelling groups in Ireland (1986). She was Director of the Ulster Storytelling Festival (1989-2008), and the North West International Storytelling Festival in Derry (1993-2000). She is currently the Director of the new Ghosts in the Glens Festival. She has been a member of the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival since its inception. Since 1992, she has travelled the world performing at international storytelling events, from the National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee) to the Australian and Canadian National Storytelling Festivals.

Diarmuid O Drisceoil

He grew up in a bi-lingual home, speaking English and Gaelic, and listened to the stories of his wide family network for years. He draws his stories mainly from the Irish tradition but adapts them to suit his surreal sense of humour. He has been a great favourite with audiences as MC at the festival and has been a featured storyteller on five occasions. Diarmuid is the author of four books, three of which with his brother Donal. The most recent offerings “50 years have flown: A History of Cork Airport”, and “Serving a City: The Story of Cork’s English Market” have been widely acclaimed.