The Dial a Seanchaí service is available to access from Friday 1st October to Monday 1st November. You may dial in as often as you like to hear all stories for the cost of a local call.

The number to call is (353) 065 6723000.

Listeners from the UK can call +44 2080503206 and from the US can call toll free on +1 833 4630651

Commissioned by Clare Arts Office and glór, Dial A Seanchaí is a unique audio experience celebrating Irish folklore, storytelling, and song. It is curated and produced by Clare artist John Lillis with photography by Myriam Riand.

The project is a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 project developed by the then Clare Arts Officer Kay Sheehy. As part of the 2021 re-imagining of the project, Eddie Lenihan speaks of the role of the seanchaí.

Hot-line callers will be invited to choose from the list of short recordings by well-known Irish artists and performers.The recordings are a mix of story and song, with themes universal to mythology the world over – widows, witches, lost islands, sun gods, drunkards, and devils.

Dial a Seanchaí 2021 will feature new recordings from six acclaimed Irish voices. Featured artists are

  • Lisa O’Neill
  • Aindrias De Staic
  • Ruth Smith
  • Ian Lynch
  • Ceara Conway
  • Kevin Barry

Please note this is a telephone playback service in line with the original project, and thus sound quality operates in a limited frequency range to preserve the phoneline listening experience. 

Dial a Seanchaí is funded by Creative Ireland Clare and The Arts Council.