Bairbre McCarthy
Bairbre McCarthy
Irish Storyteller, Author & Teacher
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Bairbre is a seanchaí (storyteller) and author from County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. She is noted for her knowledge of Irish mythology, folklore and language, and she enjoys collaborations with other artists. Bairbre is the founder of the children’s program at Catskills Irish Arts Week, in East Durham NY, the largest summer school in North America devoted to the Irish Traditional Arts, and she is also a NYS certified teacher of English, French and Gifted students.

Bairbre’s books and CDs include: Favourite Irish Legends (dual–language book and CD), 1997, Irish Leprechaun Stories, 1998, The Adventures of Cúchulainn, 2000, The Keeper of the Crock of Gold, 2008.  She has produced the CD Introduction to the Irish Language: Easy Irish Lessons for Beginners.


A master storyteller, who weaves a magic spell around her audience.
— The Irish Times
The audience of adults and children was enraptured!
— The Amsterdam Recorder

Bairbre graced our school with four days of wonder and delight, demonstrating the power and magic of story.
— Nancy Palmateer, Banford Elementary School Librarian
Wonderful stories, perfect storytelling!
— School Library Journal