Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival is one of Ireland’s most distinctive and best-loved festivals.

The Festival celebrates one of the world’s oldest art forms and brings storytellers and listeners together for an enriching experience in the unique setting on Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island.

The event is one of the most renowned festivals in the world’s storytelling calendar. Each year it brings together some of the world’s most accomplished tellers, giving visitors to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way the opportunity to meet the best Irish exponents of storytelling art in an intimate and dramatic island environment.

Cape Clear is situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. The stunning scenery and local folklore make this the perfect setting for this long-running and much-loved storytelling festival.

This year’s tellers

Donna Washington – USA

Donna Washington is an award-winning internationally known master storyteller, artist-educator, and author who has been performing for audiences of all ages for over thirty-five years. She is renowned for her storytelling for both children & adults from poignant & funny fables about the human condition to racy relationships stories to spine-tingling tales of terror.

Joe Brennan – Ireland

Joe Brennan from Wexford, has been telling traditional stories for over 20 years across Ireland and beyond. He has travelled to Norway, Iceland, USA, India, Egypt, Lithuania, Russia, Austria, Belgium and Romania telling stories and delivering workshops.


Colin Urwin –  Northern Ireland

Described as ‘keeping alive the tradition of the Seanchaí’, Colin Urwin is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Co. Antrim. He is well known locally and performs at venues and festivals all over Ireland, the UK and further afield. As well as his beautifully woven stories drawn from the local legend and folklore of his beloved Glens of Antrim, Colin tells many traditional Irish and Scottish folk tales.


Valentina Zocca – Italy

Valentina Zocca is a professional storyteller from Italy with a broad repertoire of tales. She regularly performs in educational settings, nursing homes, community groups and for the public. This will be her first time at Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival, we are excited to have her join us for the festival weekend!


How to book

For the full programme and booking links, click here. Tickets must be purchased in advance – there are still some available in the last week of August!

The ferry from Baltimore will depart at 10am on Saturday 2nd September, bringing guests over in plenty of time for the events.

Please book your ferry ticket in advance – contact Cape Clear Ferries.



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Sep 01 - 03 2023


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