Irish Emigration & The Humble Potato ~ Online Experience

Learn about Irish life in days gone by, the powerful stories of Irish emigration to the ‘New World’, and discover the phenomenal impact that the humble potato has had in forming Ireland’s history
– with Irish storyteller & singer, Helena Byrne.

WHERE WE’LL BE
You’ll be given a warm ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ (a hundred thousand welcomes) into Helena’s home in south Dublin, minutes from the heart of Dublin city to the north, the Wicklow mountains to the south & a stone’s throw from the Irish sea to the east.

WHAT WE’LL DO
The country of Ireland has an incredibly rich history, which has been molded by tradition, culture and most certainly, by it’s food.

“Did you ever eat Colcannon when twas made with yellow cream, & the kale & praties blended like a picture in a dream?”
 

Join acclaimed Irish storyteller & singer, Helena Byrne as she guides you back in time to an Ireland of long ago, We’ll gain a deeper understanding of what life was like for the common folk of Ireland, their love for the humble potato, & how this simple food has had a phenomenal impact on Irish people’s history; shaping the Irish experience of emigration to America & Canada; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.

Helena will perform a selection of Irish folk 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.

Potatoes will never taste the same again!

This is an interactive experience throughout, with lots of fun activities between stories, including Irish sing-alongs. Questions are greatly encouraged & Helena is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Irish folklore & history.

“This will be enjoyed by both the Irish diaspora family and those who simply have a love of Irish music and stories alike”Travel Ireland Magazine
 
 
 

FAQs:

  • “What age are these sessions suitable for?”
    The sessions are suitable for adults & older children.
  • “What equipment do I need for these sessions?”
    All you need is a good internet connection, access to a web camera & microphone and a free Zoom account.
  • “How long does the experience last?”
    The experience is 70 minutes in length.
  • “How many people can Helena entertain per session?”
    Helena is delighted to accommodate everything from one household to several households in a group chat.
  • “I don’t live in Ireland. Can I arrange a session?”
    Yes. Helena will liaise with you to arrange a time of day that is convenient for you wherever you are in the world.
  • “I’d love to gift a performance to loved ones. Can I purchase a Gift Certificate?”
    Absolutely. Helena will email you a personalized Gift Certificate for you to share. Simply purchase the performance below & Helena will be in touch via email.
  • “I have purchased a performance. What happens next?”
    Wonderful. Helena will be in touch with you via email shortly to arrange a time for the performance.
  • Have another question?
    Contact Helena at Helena@HelenaByrne.com

    Prices start as low as €20 to accommodate small families.
    Special rates available for groups of more than 10 people.


Irish Emigration & The Humble Potato ~ Online Experience




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REVIEWS OF HELENA’S ONLINE EXPERIENCES
“I booked Helena for a family session in honour of my niece’s 12th birthday. It was a wonderful experience, and Helena made sure that my niece had a special time. Helena makes the stories come to life across the screen, whether they be funny or creepy, and engages her audience throughout. It’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon or evening, and be enchanted by Irish myths and legends. I highly recommend Helena’s online storytelling!” Maike Hamann, South Africa, June 2020 via Google Reviews

“Helena is an absolute delightful entertainer! She has the outstanding gift to immediatelly create a relaxed atmosphere and to both inspire and amuse with her lively stories and fairy tails. I have experienced her both live in a genuine pub environment and online via Zoom, always fun and a great pleasure. 🙂
She is also a great singer… I advise you to see her any time any place and any how you can. With recommendation for everyone, whether old or young.”
Phillipp Petermeier, Germany, May 2020 via Google Reviews

“This direct, personalized experience was wonderful! There were no technical issues and Helena was as entertaining as always. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we purchased a second session for some friends to join us virtually. Helena customized the content for us and it was another great success. She has a beautiful voice and engaging personality – whether virtually or in person when things get back to normal, this is a great experience.”Terry Freed, USA, April 2020 via Google Reviews

“I got a wonderful Birthday surprise here in California when my wife treated me to a family Zoom with a wonderful engaging performance from Helena. She is a wonderful storyteller, combining both historic tales and personal ones handed down from her grandparents. In addition she sings as part of her performance and her voices is amazing. She will customize the experience to include your favorites. She was also very open to questions about Ireland and it was the next best thing to going back for a visit, which we hope we can do soon.”William Smith, USA, April 2020 via Google Reviews

“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