The Search for the Seanachaí
The oral tradition in Ireland goes back thousands of years. The fili (poets) of ancient Celtic society were in a class second only to royalty. After the English conquest of medieval Ireland, the tradition was continued by bards, and eventually the Seanachaí. The Seanachaí were not only storytellers, but historians, entertainers, and community leaders who preserved local history well into the twentieth century. With the rise of radio and television, the Seanachaí slowly died out, and the oral tradition in Ireland was in danger of being lost forever. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in amateur and professional storytellers; however the local Seanachaí are perhaps gone forever.
This film, scheduled to shoot in July of 2017, will scour the Irish countryside to see if there are still Seanachaí in Ireland, and examine what local communities have lost in their absence.
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