Frank Delaney: A land of story

In Ireland, the figure of the itinerant storyteller--making his way from home to home, finding bed and board if he succeeded in entertaining the household with his tales--is still a feature of living memory. Writer and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who grew up in Tipperary in the south of the country, remembers one himself, encountered when he was very young.

But his father, he says, remembered many storytellers from his own youth--some of them highly educated seminarians who had decided not to become priests, who carried their gravitas with them and were respected; others perhaps figures of ...

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