Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation improving the quality of life of people aged 50 – 100+.

Kerry Writers’ Museum is delighted to host a Bealtaine Hero event entitled ‘Collecting Local Wisdoms through Story’ during the month of May. In this storytelling project, participants will be taken on a trip down memory lane led by our Storyteller in Residence Maria Gillen. A professional storyteller, Maria is an expert in elder care (FETAC Trainer in Eldercare, experience in reminiscence therapy). Participants will recount stories of yesteryear. Following each session Maria will weave and deliver an original story based on the harvested collective wisdoms of participants. On completion of the 3-week programme, we will host a feedback session to ascertain if we met the needs of our audience.

Each workshop will take place online via ZOOM. With permission from participants, each session will be recorded and will remain available to our YouTube audience as a recording in our growing archive. A Facebook live event where Maria will recite the stories created will take place at the end of the programme. This will also be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel.

Our storytelling workshops take place on May 7th, 14th and 21st from 10 am to 12 noon. Each workshop is a stand alone event. To register email

This Bealtaine Hero event is organised in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.

Maria Gillen, storyteller