The annual Eamon Kelly Weekend to celebrate the famous storyteller, or seanchai, will be held in Gneeveguilla, this weekend.

Local schoolchildren are being encouraged to continue with the storytelling tradition in Kelly’s native Sliabh Luachra, which is best known for its poets and its rich store of traditional music, song and dance.

Kelly, who was born in Gullane, Gneeveguilla in 1914 and died in 2001, drew from the areas lore for many of his stories which were largely based on rural life in the final quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century.

The weekend programme, based in Teach Failte, Gneeveguilla, is supported by the local history society, Cumann Luachra.

“As well as remembering Eamon Kelly, the aim of the weekend is to encourage local talent and achievements and to promote storytelling and the cultural heritage of Sliabh Luachra,” Cormac Collins, organising committee Chairman, said.

Killarney-based seanchai and entertainer Ray O’Sullivan will conduct storytelling workshops for children between 11am and 1pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Tomorrow night at 8.15pm, there will be music, song, dance and storytelling, in Teach Failte, with Ray O’Sullivan as MC.

On Sunday, Donal Hickey, editor of the Sliabh Luachra Journal, will guide a tour of some important historical sites in the area. A free bus is being provided and those taking part are asked to assemble at the Eamon Kelly monument in Gneeveguilla village at 11am. All welcome.