A robin with a tin whistle, a goat with a guitar and an uilleann piper called Tigerlily….
These are just some of the things you can expect to hear on a new Irish language audio story for children (aged 0-6) being launched on RTÉjr Radio on St Patrick’s Day.
‘An Flóta le Cóta’ is the first in a series of four ‘readalong’ bedtime stories from Co. Wexford which will be broadcast on RTÉjr Radio at 11.30am and 4.30pm on St Patrick’s Day. The podcast will then be available via the RTÉjr Podcast.
Featuring the voices of Wexford actors Cory Ó Brollacháin and Heather Hadrill, the story follows drummer Gínie (Heather Hadrill) as she marches with pipe band Na Seamróga for the first time on St Patrick’s Day.
Excitement is high as President Michael D Higgins is due to attend but so too is the wind and when a storm shows up, it threatens everyone’s big day.
Music on the recording is provided by uilleann piper Tigerlily Keoghan, who plays with the New Ross & District Pipe Band in addition to her work as a solo musician. Jonathan Weatherill-Hunt was on sound (design/engineering) with raw edit by Stephen Rooney.
Each story in the series will feature supplementary material downloadable from the RTÉjr Radio website. This will include the text in Irish, phonetics and English so that parents and caregivers new to the Irish language can read along with their children. There will also be a downloadable activity sheet.
The story is written, directed and produced by Wexford writer Alison Ní Mháirtín with support from the Arts Council.
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