“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
Helena’s customized ‘Irish Storytelling & Folk Song Experiences’ will bring unique and memorable entertainment to your special event.
Akin to the traditional travelling seanchaí of times past, Helena is renowned for bringing her spellbinding folk tales and songs to diverse audiences in settings large and small. From lively, interactive afternoons filled with Irish superstitions & traditional Irish fortune telling games, to intimate evenings of magical storytelling, Helena will carry your guests into an Ireland of times past & give them an entertainment experience they will never forget.
Whether your goal is to offer a fun, team-building experience with an Irish twist, or to give your guests a unique taste of traditional Irish storytelling and song, Helena will work closely with you to tailor the perfect bespoke experience for your event.
“I hired Helena Byrne to perform for just under 100 people at an international conference in Trinity College, and she captivated every single person with her wonderful songs and stories. Helena not only has an incredible voice (and really knows how to use it) but she is also very pleasant to work with and highly professional. Next time I organise something similar, Helena is sure to be on the programme again.”
Dr Mads Haahr, Trinity College Dublin, Google Review, January 2019
“An entertaining evening out with a Global Work Group. As part of an international event we had 21 people from all over the world attend seminars. Helena was fantastic and had everyone mesmerized. We really couldn’t recommend this evening out enough.”
Fenaghman, TripAdvisor, February 2018
“Helena’s storytelling sessions at the National Gallery of Ireland were undoubtedly a highlight of the evening, captivating visitors of all ages throughout the night. We were delighted to receive an array of positive audience feedback about her engaging performance and could not recommend her more any more highly.”
Kayla Martin, National Gallery of Ireland, September 2018
“Captivating Storytelling and Enchanting Songs. Helena made everyone in the room feel welcome with her warm demeanor and hospitable nature. She held the room captivated by her charisma and detailed storytelling. When she began to sing towards the end of the evening, the event was elevated to a whole new level.”
Dave M, Cary, TripAdvisor, October 2016
“If you are in Dublin, RUN do not walk to see her performance. It is beyond outstanding.”
Mike Russell, Albany, NY, USA, September 2016
Irish Fortune Telling Games with Storyteller Helena Byrne
Helena Byrne performing at the Irish Embassy, Washington D.C.
‘The Banshee’ – Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Email Helena at Helena@HelenaByrne.com to find out more.
Where Has Helena Performed?
Helena has been fortunate to have performed for families & private groups in some of the most beautiful hotels in Ireland, including Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois – the Shelbourne Hotel, the Merrion Hotel and Westin Hotel, Dublin – Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo – Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare
She has performed for several companies and tour operators including Adams & Butler Luxury Travel, Original Travel, Irish Luxury Tours, EIL Intercultural Learning & CIE Tours International.
Other companies & venues include…
Dublin: Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Dalkey – University College Dublin – The LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Libraries – The National Leprechaun Museum – Dublin Unitarian Church – Whelan’s Bar – Arthur’s Bar – Christchurch Cathedral – The Brazen Head Pub – The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire – Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney – Babel Academy of English.
Clare: Bunratty Castle & Folkpark, Knappogue Castle.
Kilkenny: Kilkenny Arts Festival – Cleary’s Bar, Hugginstown – Cleere’s Bar, Watergate Theatre.
Wicklow: Mermaid Arts Center, The Commonground, Church Terrace, Caffé Letterario Gatta Nera, Albert Walk, Yarn Storytelling Festival, Bray
Wexford: Katie Daly’s Cellar Bar, Gorey – Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Down: Portavogie Seafood Festival, Portavogie
Westmeath: Walsh’s Bar, Athlone
Galway: Lough Cutra Castle, Gort
Longford: Leinster Fleadh Cheoil, Newtownforbes
Helena has toured extensively in the USA, performing in…
Washington DC: The Embassy of Ireland, Washington DC.
New York: New York Irish Center, Queens – The Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany – Comhaltas Branch ‘Craobh Dugan’, Clinton – The Rambling House, Bronx – Buffalo Irish Center (Comhaltas Branch ‘Martin Wynne’), Buffalo – St. John Fisher College, Rochester – St. Ann’s Church, Syracuse.
Connecticut: Yale University, New Haven – Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Hamden – Quinnipiac University, Hamden – Irish Heritage Society of Milford, Milford.
New Jersey: Sea Girt Lighthouse (Irish American Cultural Institute), Sea Girt – Drew University (Irish American Cultural Institute), Madison – Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern, Sea Girt.
Massachusetts: The Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton – Cape Cod Irish Village, Cape Cod – The Santa Claus Society of New England.
Georgia: First Annual Historic College Temple Storytelling Festival, Newnan – Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Centre, Norcross.
Rhode Island: Hibernian Hall, Newport.
New Hampshire: Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, Peterborough.
California: United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco – Aesop’s Fablers, Sacramento – Dublin/San Jose Sister City Program, San Jose – Monterey Public Library, Monterey.
Helena Byrne, live in Sacramento CA
Colcannon – A Capella at Ballyfin Demesne Luxury Hotel
2017 Reflections – Clips from Helena’s performances throughout the year 2017
Email Helena at Helena@HelenaByrne.com to find out more.