St. Patrick’s Festival presents

ABAIR: Treasures Lost & Stolen with Thomas McCarthy & Liz Weir

Join Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy and storyteller Liz Weir for an evening of songs and stories on the theme of ‘treasures lost and stolen’.

Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy was born in County Offaly into a family with a long history of musicianship which includes the well-recognised and respected Doran Brothers and their grandfather “Big John Cash”, who all played the Irish uillean (elbow) pipes. Thomas learned his crafts of singing and storytelling from his mother, aunts and uncles.

Liz Weir is a professional storyteller who works with all age groups promoting the traditional art for which Ireland is world famous. A children’s librarian by training, she now travels the world telling stories to adults and children, organising workshops on storytelling, and speaking at courses for parents, teachers and librarians. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the Arts and Education in January 2019.


Funded by the Arts Council

Abair is a program of traditional singing and storytelling events exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. Taken from the Irish word meaning both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day program offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day.

The events will also feature a 'songs from the floor' session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’.