“We hired Helena Byrne to entertain us one night over dinner. It was brilliant – an evening of Irish stories and songs where we learned all about Irish Fairies, Pookas and Banshees. Helena’s stories transported us and gave us a much better feel for Irish history and mythology… We would highly recommend to other families.” – Eric Stoen, Travelocity, January 2017
Voted in the Top 10 Family-Friendly Activities Not To Miss in Ireland, Helena’s ‘Irish Storytelling & Folk Song Experiences’ will bring magic & laughter to your family gathering, school or children’s event.
Combining her love of Irish folklore, music and theatre, Helena regularly performs as a traditional seanchaí (storyteller) and folk singer for children & adults alike.
This is so much more than your average ‘storytime’. Helena’s interactive storytelling transports children’s imaginations into the magical world of Irish folklore, with tales of the Leprechaun, the Fairy Folk and spooky Irish ghost stories. Not only are children entertained; They also learn fun vocal and physical exercises, and will be encouraged to create their own characters and stories. Every child is a storyteller in the making!
“Helena came to our school to do a workshop with 3 classes during literacy week. The workshops were a huge success. The children were so engaged and eager to participate. There was storytelling, drama, singing and creativity across the classes and Helena was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Helena for school workshops and we will certainly invite her back again soon.” – Alison Furey, Shellybanks Educate Together, Dublin, February 2019
Helena has brought her stories to numerous schools, libraries & homes across Ireland, as well as to special events such as the YARN Storytelling Festival in Bray, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Portavogie Seafood Festival and the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC.
“Ms Byrne participated in the Kids Euro Festival at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC… She is a gifted storyteller, performer & singer, bringing to life Irish folklore & culture interwoven with Traditional Irish songs. The audiences at the embassy, young & old alike, were very impressed with Ms. Byrne’s performances & storytelling.” – Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the USA, December 2017
For further information or to book Helena for your children’s event, please email Helena@HelenaByrne.com
UPCOMING PUBLIC CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING EVENTS
An Easter’s Tail – The Púca: A Creative Craft & Storytelling Workshop
April 20th & 22nd 2019
EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum
CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Join Helena as she facilitates EPIC’s Easter programme & explores the Irish legend of the Púca with a series of fun activities & storytelling.
Mayo Day 2019
(Children’s & Adults Event)
May 4th 2019
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough
Join Helena for a fun and interactive children’s storytelling experience, as she tells magical stories of the Irish Fairies, the Leprechaun and spooky Irish ghost stories that your wee ones will thoroughly enjoy! Later that day, Helena will perform for adults as she delves into the superstitions, folklore and music of an Ireland of times past, alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; Mayo and the Great Famine, the Addergoole 14 and the Titanic, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
Children’s Shows at 1pm & 1.45pm (Running Time 30 Mins)
Adult Show at 3.30pm (Running Time 1 Hour)
OPW 50th Anniversary Celebrations
June 8th 2019
The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Join Helena as she leads you into the magic of Ireland in days gone by. With spellbinding tales from Ireland’s folklore & traditions, legends of the the mysterious Fairy Folk and timeless Irish songs, this is sure to be a fun filled afternoon for all the family.
2pm – children under 6 years.
3.30pm – children 7 years+.
Harry Potter’s Birthday at Rathwood, County Carlow
July 31st 2019
Rath, Tullow, Carlow, Ireland
Join Helena & the team at the Rathwood Store as she celebrates Harry Potter’s birthday with lots of magic themed storytelling.
Listen to ‘Sean Fitzgerald & The Leprechaun‘ from Helena’s second album ‘Scéal’
‘Why We Should Be Nice To The Fairies’
Yarn Storytelling Festival 2015
Reviews of Helena’s Irish Storytelling & Song
The Pursuit of Happiness Tour East Coast Leg
A Capella at Ballyfin Demesne Luxury Hotel
Clips from Helena’s performances throughout the year 2017
For further information email Helena@HelenaByrne.com