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Mary Maddison, Storyteller – The Beara Peninsula, County Cork
Perhaps inevitably, the traditions of Irish storytelling survived much longer on the country’s off-shore islands than anywhere on the mainland. Mary’s grandmother was raised on Long Island off the coast of West Cork. Likewise, her mother grew up on Hare Island off Skibbereen where story-telling traditions were particularly rich. This story is based on a meeting with Mary Maddison in 2008.