Wexford scéal hits the airwaves

What better way to mark Midsummer’s Day than a mystery boat trip?

Plab sa Phluais (Plop in the Cave) is set to take friends Gínie and Féilim on an audio adventure for RTÉjr Radio that the friends and their listeners will not forget…

Plab sa Phluais is the second in a series of four ‘readalong’ scéalta codlata (bedtime stories) from Wexford and is being broadcast on RTÉjr Radio at 11.30am and 4.30pm on Wednesday, June 21. The podcast is available via the RTÉjr Podcast for six months so listeners can catch up or listen again whenever they like.

Those who enjoyed the first St Patrick’s Day story are sure to welcome the return of characters Spideog le Feadóg (Robin with the Whistle), Gabhair le Giotár (Goat with a Guitar) and lead character Gínie. And this time she is joined by best friend Féilim and her Mam as they jump aboard Báidín Fheilímí.

Uilleann Piper Tigerlily Keoghan, who plays with the New Ross & District Pipe, provides the music for the story, which features the much-loved tune Báidín Fheilimí.

Vocals are provided by local actor Heather Hadrill alongside performances from Ciara Murphy (Gínie), Cory Ó Brollacháin (Féilim), Sandra Walsh (Treoraí) and Alison Ní Mháirtín (Mam). Sound design, engineering and editing is provided by Jonathan Weatherill-Hunt. The series is written, directed and produced by Alison Ní Mháirtín.

Each story in the series features supplementary material. They are available to download here: https://www.rte.ie/learn/home-school-hub/2023/0620/1390176-plab-sa-phluais-sceal-nua-ar-rtejr-radio/

This includes the story text in Irish, phonetics and English so that parents and caregivers new to the Irish language have the option to read along with their children. There is also an activity sheet and poster for younger listeners. Other project collaborators include Language Consultant Peig Ní Bhúiséir Ní Shúilleabháin and Graphic Designer Sinéad Duffin.

Limited hard copies of the downloadable material are available for free at Wexford Arts Centre and the National Opera House. 

This story has been produced with support from broadcast partner RTÉjr Radio, The Arts Council (Agility Award), the National Opera House, Wexford Library and Wexford Arts Centre. Alison would also like to acknowledge the self-producing support of Heather Rose (Super Paua).

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