26-28th October inclusive, so arrive on Friday 25th October 2019

Storyteller in Residence: Clare Muireann Murphy

Dublin born storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy has been telling stories since 2006 on stages all over the world including The Globe Theatre London, DramtikkenHus Oslo, and Out of the Box Festival Singapore.  She featured twice at the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival (having started life there as a volunteer). 

Her work ranges from Irish myths to the political folklore such as her Syrian piece “The King of Lies” to playful pieces like UniVerse which explores where quantum physics, philosophy & mythology meet.  She tells the story that is called for in each situation from telling to President Mary Robinson to performing at the Writers Room of the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

She teachers, lectures, trains and consults on storytelling and communication.  Her clients include NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, BBC Radio 4 and the National Museums of Ireland.


How do you bring a story to life?  How do you animate it so that it engages audiences?

How do you keep it exciting on repeated ‘tellings’?  What makes it lift up out of the ordinary into the extraordinary?  This workshop will focus on the subtle and not so subtle ways that we can keep our relationship to stories alive.  We will work on embodying and inhabiting the characters and the landscape of the story.  We will look at how we choose stories, and why we tell them. We will also work on relationship to audience and stage presence.  Please bring a couple of stories that you know well.  Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily.


Timetable: Where and When

To be held in cottage 6 behind Ciaran Danny Mike’s Pub

SATURDAY 26 October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m Morning Session

1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.m LUNCH

2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m Evening Session

9:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m Optional Stories/music

SUNDAY 27 October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m Morning Session

1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.m LUNCH

2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m Evening Session

6:30 p.m DINNER in a restaurant on the island 

MONDAY 28 October
9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m Morning Session

1:00 p.m Optional Island Walk

4:00 p.m Ferry

More ferries, Monday morning at or 9:00 a.m, Tuesday 7:15 a.m 9:00am or 4:00pm

Open to all but limited to c. 16: A fun yet heuristic opportunity for aspiring storytellers, practicing storytellers, teachers of all levels, librarians, social workers, politicians, actors , priests, publicans. . .

When Applying


Total cost €200 = €150 for course plus a non-refundable registration fee of €50.

A light buffet Lunch of  Vegetable soup (gluten/ dairy free) and an array of bread, crackers, cheese, ham, various salads, and other delights, along with cakes, tea, herbal tea, coffee and biscuits, will be created and served up by our delightful assistant Ann Brennan, on Saturday and Sunday, these lunches will be included in the price. Monday lunch will be what ever is left! Or you can buy lunch in Sean Rua’s restaurant before you leave the Island…or in Bushe’s of Baltimore (to be on the safe side)

Any dietary issues please tell us in registration email.

A special banquet for all, held Sunday night, will be an extra, price (and location) yet to be determined.

TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE WORKSHOP email Conor ( his email address:- finnegas2  complete the address with @gmail.com).

The whole amount can be paid in advance, at the time of Registration, or

REGISTRATION pay a Deposit €50

Last Registration (€50) by September 8th 2019

Workshop fee due by October 1st 2019: €150  ideally paid well before deadline.

Registration process:

1. Send an email to finnegas2 (complete the address with “@gmail.com”).

2. You will receive an email-confirmation that you have been placed on the registration-list on a first-come first-serve basis.

3. Make sure to pay the non-refundable registration fee within *two weeks* of your email confirmation.

   Please note that if you have not paid your registration fee within these two weeks, we may no longer be able to guarantee your place.

4. Once all places on the workshop have been filled, we will keep your name on a reserve list through which you may still obtain a place should someone cancel.


*Note: the workshop fee can also be paid in one go with the registration fee at the time of registering * 😊 thank you for doing this.


 Info on the International Storytelling Festival: www.capeclearstorytelling.com ; info on the island: www.oilean-chleire.ie Questions? Contact Conor O Brien finnegas2 (and as before) @gmail.com  




HOUSE SHOES  Please bring slippers, as both houses are shoe free zones, slip on shoes are useful for going between houses.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: usually a gang of us stay in the Hostel, where we can make our own breakfast’s and dinner’s. Email hostel direct to book a place, prior booking is best, Info@capeclearhostel.com

There is a B&B – Eileen Leonard 028 39160 (close to Chucks house, that will now be a 20 min walk to the new venue for our workshop )

Cape Clear Holiday Houses; there is an opportunity for people to stay there, so if  up to 6 people would like to club together you could rent a house, one en-suite double room and two twin rooms, so hardly any walking involved, please contact Mary O Drisceoil 0044 7553359596, or 086 3665078 please organise this amongst your selves

VENUE for Workshop

We will be working in the Holiday houses close to North Harbour.


If you require a taxi for the short walk up a small hill, ring 086 3836759



Leaving Baltimore:   (€16 return)  45 minute crossing

Friday ( 25th ) ferry service to Cape Clear

Sailing: 11am or 5.30pm


Leaving Cape Clear:

Ferry is at 4pm (Monday 28th)

More ferries, Monday morning at 9:00 a.m

Tuesday 7:15 a.m, 9:00am or 4:00pm




The Storytelling Workshop, sister to the Storytelling Festival, is also in it’s 25th year. Chuck and Nell Kruger, founders of both the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival and the popular October Weekend Storytelling Workshop, have sadly left the Island. However a bunch of hard core attendees have decided to keep it going in their honour, and also because they love it too much to let it die.

*Please note that the location for holding the workshop has changed on the island, it will now be held in the holiday houses behind Ciaran Danny Mikes Pub, same as last year, not far from where the ferry comes in.