Story Archaeology Podcast

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Story Archaeology combines the breadth of knowledge and skills of the storyteller with academic exploration of ancient texts. We focus on the Irish tradition, peeling back the layers of modern folklore to unearth the potsherds and treasuries of our heritage.On StoryArchaeology.com, you will find regular podcasts and articles about Irish Mythology by the Story Archaeologists, Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody. The first series of six fortnightly podcasts is titled "Mythical Women".

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Story Archaeology combines the breadth of knowledge and skills of the storyteller with academic exploration of ancient texts. We focus on the Irish tradition, peeling back the layers of modern folklore to unearth the potsherds and treasuries of our heritage.On StoryArchaeology.com, you will find regular podcasts and articles about Irish Mythology by the Story Archaeologists, Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody.
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🇬🇧 English
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2019-06-26 17:44
last episode published
2019-06-25 10:11
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25.06.2019 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

The Cats of Cruachan ~ an short animated film

This time last year, I was struggling with what felt like an impossible task. I was asked to come up with a scripted screenplay for the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Roscommon. This short animation was commissioned by Nollaig Feeney, the Roscommon Herita...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
10.03.2019 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

Medb: Conquests and Consequences

Medb, Queen of Connacht, is rightly renowned in Irish legend and mythology, as a strong and influential woman leader. Her centre of power, Cruachan Ai, is still recognised as one of the most important Iron-age sites in Ireland.  Medb lead her people in...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
28.02.2019 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

Telling Stories : Continuing the Oral Tradition

Join Chris Thompson as she takes a story-teller's view of the old Irish stories. Who told the and why were they so memorable.   In this audio article, Chris celebrates the old stories and explores the challenges in telling them today. For those who ha...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
20.12.2018 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

The Dagda’s Cauldron ~ A Seasonal Special!

# The Dagda with his cauldron of abundance, from which none leave unsatisfied, epitomises the deep and ancient yearning we  feel for mid-winter indulgence and  good company.  It may be that the cauldron had more to offer than just a solid meal. Join C...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
25.11.2018 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

Some questions answered by The Story Archaeologists

We regularly receive questions from listeners and readers. We try to answer them as soon as we can but many are well worth exploring in more detail. Here we discuss just three. Firstly there is the problem of 'coir', a word that we use regularly in epi...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
4.11.2018 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

The Mysteries of Midir: a Samhain Special

What did happen to Midir? Why does he appear in so few stories? It is a mystery. A murder mystery? Could be. Certainly Midir's  reputation was usurped and he, himself, seems to have been, effectively,  'disappeared! For a more 'in depth' examination o...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
17.09.2018 http://storyarchaeology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/logo.jpg

The Otherworld and How to Get There!

So many of the old Irish stories tell of an Otherworld that lies so close to our own. If you want to discover what the stories have to  say about getting there, what you might find when you arrive,  and when, or if, you might return, then join Chris in...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
30.10.2017

Circling the Tain: 07 – The Pig and The Hound

The briugu, Mac Då Thó, is the proud owner of the marvelous hound, Ailbe. He also possesses a notorious pig. Now he finds himself faced with contending regional kings and their retinues of elite warriors, demanding the hound for themselves. Will servin...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
1.09.2017

Women Warriors ~ The Training of CĂș Chulainn

The magnificent warrior women Scathach and Aife both play a major role in CĂș Chulainn’s future life and exploits but they are not the only women who actively engage with out young hero.. Join the Story Archaeologists as they attempt to come to terms wi...
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1.09.2017

Women Warriors ~ The Training of CĂș Chulainn

The magnificent warrior women Scathach and Aife both play a major role in CĂș Chulainn's future life and exploits but they are not the only women who actively engage with out young hero.. Join the Story Archaeologists as they attempt to come to terms w...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
27.07.2017

The Wooing of Emer ~ CĂș Chulainn meets his match

CĂș Chulainn meets his match In this episode we get to meet the marvelous Emer, the woman who bests  the young CĂș Chulainn, at least, in terms of her sharp witted and far-sighted eloquence. Join the Story Archaeologists as we try to decode how Emer mana...
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27.07.2017

The Wooing of Emer ~ CĂș Chulainn meets his match

CĂș Chulainn meets his match In this episode we get to meet the marvelous Emer, the woman who bests  the young CĂș Chulainn, at least, in terms of her sharp witted and far-sighted eloquence. Join the Story Archaeologists as we try to decode how Emer man...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
5.06.2017

Circling the TĂĄin 04: Harder, Faster, Stronger, Better – The Boyhood Deeds of CĂș Chulainn

Harder, Faster, Stronger, Better! In this episode, we get to examine some remarkable exploits of one of the central figures in the Tain tradition: CĂș Chulainn.  We explore stories told by some of the characters who know the hero, remembering him as a c...
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5.06.2017

Circling the TĂĄin 04: Harder, Faster, Stronger, Better – The Boyhood Deeds of CĂș Chulainn

Harder, Faster, Stronger, Better! In this episode, we get to examine some remarkable exploits of one of the central figures in the Tain tradition: CĂș Chulainn.  We explore stories told by some of the characters who know the hero, remembering him as a c...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
4.05.2017

Circling the TĂĄin 03: The Birth Pangs of Ulster

In this episode, we continue our exploration of the troublesome conceptions and births that stand behind much of the material of the TĂĄin tradition. This time, we examine the births of the doomed Deirdre, the fated CĂș Chulainn and re-re-visit the impor...
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4.05.2017

Circling the TĂĄin 03: The Birth Pangs of Ulster

In this episode, we continue our exploration of the troublesome conceptions and births that stand behind much of the material of the TĂĄin tradition. This time, we examine the births of the doomed Deirdre, the fated CĂș Chulainn and re-re-visit the impor...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
13.03.2017

Circling The Tain 02: Portents and Prophecies

The richly interwoven stories that make up the Tåin tradition contain a wide diversity of characters. There is much to explore. Even their back stories have back stories! In this episode, we explore the back stories of two such characters: the well-kno...
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13.03.2017

Circling The Tain 02: Portents and Prophecies

The richly interwoven stories that make up the Tåin tradition contain a wide diversity of characters. There is much to explore. Even their back stories have back stories! In this episode, we explore the back stories of two such characters: the well-kno...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
21.12.2016

Winter Special 2016: Aisling MacConglinne – A Satirical Tale of Extreme Gastronomy

The Midwinter festival has been a time of over indulgence and conspicuous consumption for millenia! This year, we dig in to the Middle Irish story, Aisling MacConglinne,“The Vision of MacConglinne”, a delicious debauch of extreme gastronomy.! Join the ...
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21.12.2016

Winter Special 2016: Aisling MacConglinne – A Satirical Tale of Extreme Gastronomy

The Midwinter festival has been a time of over indulgence and conspicuous consumption for millenia! This year, we dig in to the Middle Irish story, Aisling MacConglinne, "The Vision of MacConglinne", a delicious debauch of extreme gastronomy.! Join th...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
25.11.2016

Circling the Tain 01: The Quarrel of the Two Swineherds (or “Where It All Began”)

Welcome to Series 6,“Circling the Tain”. In this series, we will delve into the fascinating web of stories making up the Tain tradition, with the Tain BĂł CĂșailnge,“The Cattle Raid of Cooley”, at its core. We begin this exploration with the story of two...
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25.11.2016

Circling the Tain 01: The Quarrel of the Two Swineherds (or “Where It All Began”)

Welcome to Series 6, "Circling the Tain". In this series, we will delve into the fascinating web of stories making up the Tain tradition, with the Tain BĂł CĂșailnge, "The Cattle Raid of Cooley", at its core. We begin this exploration with the story of ...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
15.06.2016

Series 5,episode 6: Encountering The Morrigan

The Morrigan,  is a multi textured mythological figure, She may take  the role of war correspondent, and diplomat and record keeper. She can be sensual, uncompromising and occasionally even downright scary but then, above all, she is the perfect exempl...
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15.06.2016

Series 5,episode 6: Encountering The Morrigan

The Morrigan,  is a multi textured mythological figure, She may take  the role of war correspondent, and diplomat and record keeper. She can be sensual, uncompromising and occasionally even downright scary but then, above all, she is the perfect exempl...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
12.04.2016

Revisiting Mythical Women 05: The Search for Brigid

Brigid is  the much-loved irish saint of kildare as well a pre-Christian Celtic mythical figure.  But what connection is there    between the two? Just who is Brigid? Sift through the strata of her story  with the Story Archaeologists to uncover some u...
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12.04.2016

Revisiting Mythical Women 05: The Search for Brigid

Brigid is  the much-loved irish saint of kildare as well a pre-Christian Celtic mythical figure.  But what connection is there    between the two? Just who is Brigid? Sift through the strata of her story  with the Story Archaeologists to uncover some u...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
18.02.2016

Revisiting Mythical Women. 4: Revisiting Airmed.

Airmed is the daughter of the great Dé Danann physician, Dían Cécht, part of a family of healers.  Together, they create the healing well of Slåine, which restores injured warriors at the Second Battle of Moytura.  But do the meanings of their names te...
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18.02.2016

Revisiting Mythical Women. 4: Revisiting Airmed.

Airmed is the daughter of the great Dé Danann physician, Dían Cécht, part of a family of healers.  Together, they create the healing well of Slåine, which restores injured warriors at the Second Battle of Moytura.  But do the meanings of their names te...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
24.12.2015

Midwinter Special 2015 – Fair’s Fair

This time of year is a frenzy of shopping, family gatherings and exchange of gifts. But is this simply a modern phenomenon? For this year’s MidWinter Special, the Story Archaeologists dig as deep as their virtual spades will go, comparing the deepest l...
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24.12.2015

Midwinter Special 2015 – Fair’s Fair

This time of year is a frenzy of shopping, family gatherings and exchange of gifts. But is this simply a modern phenomenon? For this year's MidWinter Special, the Story Archaeologists dig as deep as their virtual spades will go, comparing the deepest ...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
14.12.2015

Elin Gow, the Swordsmith and the Cow, the Glas Gaianach

This is the first of two supplemental  episodes supporting  our recent podcast, Tales of Ethliu (revisited).“Elin Gow, the Swordsmith and the Cow, the Glas Gaianach” is a folktale collected in the southwest of Ireland by  Jeremiah Curtin in the late 19...
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14.12.2015

Elin Gow, the Swordsmith and the Cow, the Glas Gaianach

This is the first of two supplemental  episodes supporting  our recent podcast, Tales of Ethliu (revisited). "Elin Gow, the Swordsmith and the Cow, the Glas Gaianach" is a folktale collected in the southwest of Ireland by  Jeremiah Curtin in the late 1...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
5.12.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 3 – Revisiting Eithliu

Eithliu is a figure who seems to pop in and out of stories, taking no notice of traditional story cycles, or even how her name is spelt. Yet she rarely takes a leading role. In this“revisit”, we return to this enigmatic and sometimes troubling characte...
Story Archaeology author
5.12.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 3 – Revisiting Eithliu

Eithliu is a figure who seems to pop in and out of stories, taking no notice of traditional story cycles, or even how her name is spelt. Yet she rarely takes a leading role. In this "revisit", we return to this enigmatic and sometimes troubling charact...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
23.10.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 2 – Revisiting Macha

In the second of our“revisits”, we look back at our discussions on Noinden Ulaid and the Dindshenchas stories of Emain Macha in Co. Armagh. This was the first discussion that we had about cóir, although we were then using the Egyptian term Ma’at, signi...
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23.10.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 2 – Revisiting Macha

In the second of our "revisits", we look back at our discussions on Noinden Ulaid and the Dindshenchas stories of Emain Macha in Co. Armagh. This was the first discussion that we had about cĂłir, although we were then using the Egyptian term Ma'at, sign...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
6.08.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 1 – Revisiting Sinann

  Welcome to series 5 of Acallam na nÉces,“Revisiting Mythical Women”. In our first episode, we take a look back at the stories of Sinann, and the themes that came up when we discussed them in our very first episode. We’ve added some new discussion to ...
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6.08.2015

Revisiting Mythical Women 1 – Revisiting Sinann

Welcome to series 5 of Acallam na nÉces, "Revisiting Mythical Women". In our first episode, we take a look back at the stories of Sinann, and the themes that came up when we discussed them in our very first episode. We've added some new discussion to ...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
6.07.2015

Rowing Around Immráma 14: The Pursuit of the Gilla Decair – An Unofficial Fenian Immrám

In the last stop of our very circuitous Immrám of Immráma, we have a canter through a Fenian tale of surly servants, marine equines, hairy horrors and a battle with the High-King of the World. All in a day’s work for Finn and the Fianna
 But is it an I...
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6.07.2015

Rowing Around Immráma 14: The Pursuit of the Gilla Decair – An Unofficial Fenian Immrám

In the last stop of our very circuitous ImmrĂĄm of ImmrĂĄma, we have a canter through a Fenian tale of surly servants, marine equines, hairy horrors and a battle with the High-King of the World. All in a day's work for Finn and the Fianna... But is it a...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
2.05.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 13 – In Search of Midir

As we reach dry land after our long Immram,we encounter yet another  mystery. Midir was once a Lord of the Sidhe a judge, and a worker of wonders. He was, on  land, what  Mananann was, in the Land Under Wave. .  All is not what it seems. A mist of obsc...
Story Archaeology author
2.05.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 13 – In Search of Midir

As we reach dry land after our long Immram,we encounter yet another  mystery. Midir was once a Lord of the Sidhe a judge, and a worker of wonders. He was, on  land, what  Mananann was, in the Land Under Wave. .  All is not what it seems. A mist of obsc...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
21.04.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 12 – In Search of Manannan

As we glimpse safe harbour after our mammoth Immram, we take the opportunity to get to know a favourite Otherworld character. But where does Manannan Mac Lir come from? Is he all he appears to be? This quest became so huge that we had to split it into ...
Story Archaeology author
21.04.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 12 – In Search of Manannan

As we glimpse safe harbour after our mammoth Immram, we take the opportunity to get to know a favourite Otherworld character. But where does Manannan Mac Lir come from? Is he all he appears to be? This quest became so huge that we had to split it into...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
17.03.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 11: The Mongan Mysteries – Some Poetic Fragments

In our third and final episode on the lost hero, Mongán, we piece together some intriguing potsherds. What has the son of Manannán to say to Saint Colm Cille? What happened when he had his“Frenzy”? Can we re-construct his death-tale, Aided Mongáin? Joi...
Story Archaeology author
17.03.2015

Rowing Around Immrama 11: The Mongan Mysteries – Some Poetic Fragments

In our third and final episode on the lost hero, MongĂĄn, we piece together some intriguing potsherds. What has the son of ManannĂĄn to say to Saint Colm Cille? What happened when he had his "Frenzy"? Can we re-construct his death-tale, Aided MongĂĄin? J...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
15.02.2015

Rowing Around Imrrama 10: Mongan and the Poets

In our second dip into Mongan’s mysterious waters, we compare several stories showing off Mongan’s miraculous poetic skill. As a boy-wonder, he humiliates his father’s chief poet; as a king, he terrifies a poor student into a mysterious quest; and fina...
Story Archaeology author
15.02.2015

Rowing Around Imrrama 10: Mongan and the Poets

In our second dip into Mongan's mysterious waters, we compare several stories showing off Mongan's miraculous poetic skill. As a boy-wonder, he humiliates his father's chief poet; as a king, he terrifies a poor student into a mysterious quest; and fina...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author
23.12.2014

A Crock of Old Cobblers ~ A Holiday Special

Fergus mac LĂ©ite gets to encounter the underwater world of the  LupracĂĄn, a story which in the late middle / early modern Irish version, almost certainly, inspired Swift’s wonderful satire,‘Gulliver’s Travels’. The Story Archaeologists, ear herbs at th...
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23.12.2014

A Crock of Old Cobblers ~ A Holiday Special

Fergus mac Léite gets to encounter the underwater world of the  Lupracån, a story which in the late middle / early modern Irish version, almost certainly, inspired Swift's wonderful satire, 'Gulliver's Travels'. The Story Archaeologists, ear herbs at t...
Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody author