*’SAOL EILE’ – THE NEW ALBUM OUT NOW*
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?…
‘Saol Eile’, meaning ‘Afterlife’ is a gripping collection of Irish tales of the supernatural. From Haunted Castles and Poltergeists to Guardian Angels and Fairies, Helena delves deep into the captivating world of Irish Ghost Stories and the Irish people’s unique relationship with the Afterlife. This is a fascinating, haunting journey across the island of Ireland.
Some stories are on the spooky side.
Parental guidance is advised.
Order you Copy of ‘Saol Eile’ Now (CD & MP3 included)
*US Tours 2020*
Helena will be touring the USA in May & October 2020
Storytelling & Irish Song Experiences with Helena
Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for Irish music, Helena Byrne regularly performs as a seanchaí (storyteller) and singer in Dublin and further afield for both private and public groups. Helena’s storytelling interweaves tales of the Other World and the mysterious Fairy Folk with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into the Irish life of days gone by.
Online Storytelling Lessons with Helena
Helena now offers Online Storytelling Lessons to adults and children (age 6+). Through these lessons, Helena will guide you through the A to Z of storytelling and help you to bring out your true ‘seanchaí’ (storyteller) talents.
YARN Storytelling Festival
November 9th 2019
Bray Town Hall, Main St., Bray, Co. Wicklow
Today’s Ireland is fast paced and technology heavy. Our phones give us the world at our fingertips. Scientific research progresses by the day. Yet the Irish still wear the supernatural on their sleeves.
In this special event, Storyteller Helena Byrne delved into that which remains unexplained, with tales of spirits and demonic energies across Ireland, haunted buildings that carry the weight of their history into the present day, and accounts of personal experiences that have shaken the staunchest of sceptics.
Children’s Hallowe’en Storytelling at North Dublin Libraries
October 30th 2019
Balbriggan Library & Skerries Library
Audiences joined Helena for some spooky Hallowe’en storytime for children.
Balbriggan Library @ 11am to 12 noon
Skerries Library @ 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Children’s Hallowe’en Storytelling at Athlone Castle
October 26th 2019
Athlone Castle, Co. westmeath
Audiences joined Helena for some spooky Hallowe’en storytime for children. Four storytelling sessions took place in the Upper Keep of Athlone Castle at 12pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and & 4.30pm. The first and second sessions at 12pm and 2pm were suitable for children from 3 to 6 years of age and included fun nursery rhymes and activities suitable for that age group.
The last two sessions at 3.15pm and 4.30pm were suitable for children of 7 to 11 years of age and included fun exercises for children to create their own characters and stories. Every child is a storyteller in the making!
Relaxed Children’s Storytelling in Maynooth Library
August 22nd 2019
Main St, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Helena hosted this relaxed children’s storytelling session, with children with ASD particularly welcome.
Storytelling for families at GLAS Community Garden
August 22nd 2019
GLAS Community Garden, Shangan Dr, Ballymun, Dublin 9, D09 W6P9
Helena spent an afternoon of stories, songs and games in GLAS Community Garden in the heart of Ballymun.
Throughout the garden, there were also lots of spaces to explore pastimes and games from our previous generations.
Storytelling Workshop with Helena Byrne
July 3rd & August 7th 2019
Churchtown Rd Upper, Dundrum, Dublin, D14 VP97
Helena told Irish folk tales with fun, interactive exercises in the art of storytelling for children aged 6 to 12 years old.
Mayo Day 2019
(Children’s & Adults Event)
May 4th 2019
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough
Helena performed some fun and interactive children’s storytelling experiences, telling magical stories of the Irish Fairies, the Leprechaun and spooky Irish ghost stories! Later that day, Helena also performed for adults as she delved 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.
OPW 50th Anniversary Celebrations
June 8th 2019
The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Helena lead the children of Kilkenny 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 was a fun filled afternoon for all the family.
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
Helena facilitated EPIC’s Easter programme & explored the Irish legend of the Púca with a series of fun activities & storytelling.
*Special St. Patrick’s Festival Event* Gnás – Thousands Are Sailing on March 16th 2019
Helena was joined by traditional singer and multi-instrumentalist Macdara Yeates to present songs and stories of Irish emigration at EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival 2019.
The Pursuit of Happiness Tour 2018
Following the release of her third studio album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness) and the success of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ East & West Coast Tour, Irish storyteller and singer Helena Byrne brought her new show ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ down south to Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee & Missouri in October 2018.
Helena delved into the music, superstitions & folklore of Ireland, alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
‘Thursday Lates’ at the National Gallery of Ireland: Lúnasa – August 23rd 4.30pm to 8.30pm – Free Event
Helena took part in the ‘Thursday Lates’ program on August 23rd 2018, telling Irish folklore stories at the National Gallery of Ireland. She was in good company, with lots of other performers & activities for guests to enjoy, including live traditional Irish music and specialty Irish food and drink.
On October 27th and 28th 2017 Helena was given the honor of performing at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC, and met with Irish Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall.
Photos by Marty Katz and Jörn Rodaebel.
Helena’s album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness) out November 2017.
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ is a collection of stories and songs that illustrate the history of Irish emigration to the United States & Canada.
A note from Helena: “With this album, I hope to bring the listener on a journey through the Irish experience of emigration to the New World; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.”
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ includes 8 songs alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; emigration during the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
Order your copy of ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’
Yurt At The Yard – Children’s Storytelling at the Kilkenny Arts Festival – Stormfest
Helena brought her magical tales of the Irish Fairy Folk to the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland on August 14th 2017, in association with Barnstorm Theatre Company and Creative Ireland
Children’s Storytelling at the Portavogie Seafood Festival
Helena performed a collecting of Irish Folklore Tales for Children at the Portavogie Seafood Festival on August 12th 2017
Walsh’s Bar – Traditional Irish Party (with storytelling, dancing & music)
Helena brought her stories and songs to this wonderful evening of Irish culture in Walsh’s Bar, Athlone on August 5th 2017
Walsh’s Bar, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Helena’s US East Coast Tour USA – March 2017
Helena performed eight shows in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts for her East Coast Tour 2017.
SCÉAL – Live in the Mermaid Arts Centre
Helena performed this unique theatre piece based on her studio album ‘Scéal’ at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow on Saturday November 19th 2016, as part of the YARN Storytelling Festival.
“In this modern world, are we really so far removed from our ancestors’ beliefs and behaviours? This was not a question that storyteller and singer Helena Byrne expected to answer when she set out to gather Irish folk tales. But her venture into Ireland’s past led her to discover more about her grandparents and herself than she had ever anticipated. In this unique theatre event, Helena brings Ireland’s most precious heirlooms to life; legendary tales of the Fairy Folk, the Other World, and a selection of much loved and newly composed Irish folk songs, with help from her father John Byrne and pianist Josh Johnston.”
Helena’s Scéal’ Tour USA 2016 – September 2016
Helena’s ‘Scéal’ Tour 2016 brought her to many parts of the US in September 2016, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Georgia.
‘An Evening of Ireland’s Stories, Superstitions & Songs’ at Cleary’s Bar, Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny – Friday 4th December 2015 at 8.30pm
‘Helena Byrne at the YARN Storytelling Festival – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015
>Helena was delighted to take part in the YARN Storytelling Festival 2015 in Bray, Co. Wicklow for her children’s storytelling show ‘Why We Should be Nice to the Fairies’ on Saturday 21st of November at 3.30pm in The Commonground, Church Terrace, Bray and for her adults show ‘An Afternoon of Irish Stories & Song’ on Sunday 22nd November at 5pm in Caffé Letterario Gatta Nera, Albert Walk, Bray.
‘Samhain – An Evening of Stories, Superstitions and Song with Helena Byrne’ – Thursday 5th November 2015
Helena entertained guests at the LexIcon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin at 7.30pm as she delved into the mysterious world of Samhain, burrowing into the superstitious practices of years gone by, sharing stories of the Other World and bringing to life a collection of Irish folk songs that complimented these enchanting tales.
Culture Night at the Unitarian Church, Dublin – September 18th 2015
Helena was part of a wonderful line-up of performers at the Unitarian Church, Dublin as part of Culture Night 2015.
‘Helena Byrne & Enda Reilly live in Dublin – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Singer/Songwriters Helena Byrne and Enda Reilly joined forces for a special concert in August 2015.
Helena & Enda performed in Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin on Sunday 23nd August 2015.
‘Irish Fairy Stories for Children’ – Saturday 15th August
Helena spent an afternoon in Dun Laoghaire’s LexIcon regaling children with Fairy Folk stories of magic and wonder. 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday August 15th in the LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
‘The Lazy Band’ Special Guest Performance – Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin – 25th May 2015
Helena performed a collection of her original songs, joining the Lazy Band as their special guest.
‘On Yer Bike’ – Dalkey Castle, Dalkey, Co. Dublin – 14th March 2015
Helena will perform alongside a wonderful cast in this beautiful compilation of the work of famous local writers — James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison and Joseph O’Connor.
‘Helena Byrne live in Concert’ – Cleere’s Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny – 6th February 2015
The sparkles are resting again for now. I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for Friday night’s concert. To have an audience full of family and friends was something very special. Until next time… H x
‘Connecting Musicality’ – Saturday 29th November 2014 – New York & Dublin
Helena was one of the Dublin-based songwriter’s taking part in this exciting show produced by the Break-Away Project. ‘Connecting Musicality’ is an innovative project allowing Irish and American singers and songwriters to collaborate through technology and present those collaborative creations to Irish and American audiences in a unique and innovative way.
‘Beings of the Other World’ Break-Away Hallowe’en Spectacular – Friday October 31st 2014 – The Crypt in Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
Helena played the role of ‘Evelyn’ for this special one-night-only event. Guests were brought into the realms of the Other World, where they encountered the Banshee, the Pooka and other Creatures of the Night followed by a musical theatre experience unlike any other.
‘Cáca Milis’ The Masqued Samhain Cabaret – Saturday 1st November 2014 – Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas St., Dublin
Helena performed a selection of her original songs as part of a fabulous evening’s entertainment.
Friday 26th September 2014 – ‘Ceol Album Launch’ – The Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St Lower, Dublin 8
The official launch of Helena’s debut album ‘Ceol’. She was joined by the wonderful Josh Johnston (piano) and Amy Ryan (Cello) along with special guest Rónán Ó Snodaigh for a great evening’s entertainment in the Brazen Head, Dublin.
Thursday 14th August 2014 – ‘Cellar Sessions’ – Katie Daly’s Cellar Bar, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Helena performed as a featured singer/songwriter at this exciting new showcase that gives songwriters a platform to showcase their original material.
Friday 30th May 2014 – ‘Break-Away Cabaret’ in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland – The Purty Loft, Monkstown, Co.Dublin
Helena performed as part of a wonderful evening’s entertainment all in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Line-up also includes Colm O’ Snodaigh, Josh Johnston, Dan Forde, Michael Heavey.
Saturday 24th May 2014 – ‘On Yer Bike’ – Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Helena performed alongside a wonderful cast in this beautiful compilation of the work of famous local writers — James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison and Joseph O’Connor.
Saturday 1st March 2014 – ‘The Rose of Allendale’ for Down Syndrome Ireland
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day 2014, ‘The Rose of Allendale’, from Helena’s album Ceol, is now available for download. All proceeds go to Down Syndrome Ireland.
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Wexford Arts Centre
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin
Helena played the role of ‘Evelyn’ in the Break-Away Project’s staged reading of ‘Lusmór’, a new bilingual music theatre piece, in association with Foras na Gaeilge.