Storytellers and Seanchaí

The stories are in! Thanks to everyone who took part, we hope you had fun telling your stories.

Votes have been counted and have come to their decision.



and the winners are.........

Under 16 (Irish) - Diarmuid Peilmeann 

Over 16 (Irish) - Miceál O Grianna

Under 16 (English) 1st - Maddie Mazzell - CCÉ Listowel Duagh

                           2nd - Finbar Cotter - CCÉ Leamington

                           3rd - Lexi Murphy CCÉ West London / Brigid Rose McKendry - CCÉ St James the Great

Over 16 (English) 1st - Danny McKendry - CCÉ St James the Great

                          2nd john Goulding - CCÉ Hastings

                          3rd Annie Gallagher - CCÉ Leicester / Jeanlouise Mcguire - CCÉ St Wilfrids

Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks to our judges Dick Beamish, Seamus Brogan and Theresa Gallagher Murphy.


Original Competition Information:

During this time of isolation Comhaltas in Britain is calling Storytellers and Seanchaithe/Scéalaithe to keep the tradition of Irish storytelling alive. While we might all be at home and gathered around our own fireside during this time through modern technology we can still share a story or two to keep friends entertained and while away the hours. 


So, Comhaltas in Britain are organising 2 competitions for Irish storytellers of all ages.

One Competition for the English Language and one competition for stories as Gaeilge.


Storytellers are invited to upload a short video to keep the tradition of storytelling alive in this time of isolation.

New stories and old stories are welcome and can be on any topic or theme but must be Irish in character (in keeping with the Irish tradition of the Seanchaí)


Videos received by the closing date of Sunday 31st May 2020 will be shortlisted by our judging panel and the selected stories will be put online here at by 15th June for public vote. 

These stories will be open to the public for them to vote for their favourite with the winning entries being announced on Sunday 28th June 2020.

Each competition (English and Irish) is split into 2 categories: under 16 and over 16.

The winning story will be based on the judges' decision and the public vote.



1st prize £50 Amazon voucher

2nd prize £30 Amazon voucher

& 3rd prize £10 Amazon voucher


In addition the winning story in Irish will also receive a £30 voucher for Conradh na Gaeilge's An Siopa Leabhar, Dublin, (voucher can be used online)




When telling a story you will want to give consideration to the following:


Has an original story been well conveyed? Has an old story been re-imagined and/or delivered creatively? Has a new story been created and told in the traditional Irish style to a good standard? 

Make sure a clear narrative is put across. Characters, places and events are well developed and described with a creative use of language. Consider, is a sense of character and personal style in the telling. You want to keep your audience interest throughout with natural flow and 'fireside' ease and with humour or emotion where appropriate. 

For some more inspiration here's Dick Beamish, with some guidance to get you thinking. Dick has a great interest in Storytelling/Scealaíocht and has had success in both languages at Fleadhanna Cheoil.


  • Individuals can only submit one story.

  • Entry is open worldwide.

  • Stories should be maximum 6 minutes in length.

  • No props, music or costume changes are allowed.

  • Storyteller should be onscreen for the full duration of the story.

  • Story must be told by one individual only. 

  • Video cannot contain music or song.

  • During the public vote, people can only vote once, and only for their favorite story. 

  • Stories must be submitted in any video format. Format or quality of video will not be considered as part of the judging as long as video is clear and sound quality is audible. 

  • All videos will be retained as part of the Comhaltas archive and may be used to promote the art of storytelling.

  • Competition is for storytelling - recitations, poems, dramatic readings will not be eligible.

  • Video cannot be edited and must be a single static camera comprising the storyteller telling the full story. This is not a video competition.

  • In the case of a tie or dispute judges’ decision is final.

  • Due to the expected number of entries, feedback will not be given to individual storytellers.

  • Competition is open to non-professional storytellers only.

  • Competition is not affiliated to, connected with or endorsed by Amazon or An Siopa Leabhar

  • This competition is not connected to other Comhaltas storytelling competitions and does not replace or replicate any Fleadh Cheoil competitions. 


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