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.

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.

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

So sit back, relax & let this experience carry you back to the fireside in an Ireland of times past.



  • “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 60 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

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