Cead Mile Failte--Welcome!
Welcome to my website!
My name is Cathy Jo Smith but I also use the professional name "Caítlín na Sí, seanachai" (KAWCH-leen nuh SHEE, SHAN-uh-kee), which is Irish for "Katie of the Fairies, storyteller".
Like myself, this website is constantly changing--the basic tale remains, but I hope growth and development will continue. I will try to post updates on a semi-regular basis and list up-coming performances as the dates become available.
I have added a page on the Irish Wake and on the tours of Dublin (Ohio) that I do in conjuction with the Dublin Vistitors Bureau. And the handouts from the Wake tent are now here as "Wake Decorum"and "Basics of the Wake".
How it all started...
Well, I picked right before Halloween and came in as a little Irish lady to tell them about the real origins of Halloween and read a story about overcoming fear.
The "Irish lady" was such a hit, she made a return visit in March with St Patrick's Day stories. Her visits extended to more classes and suddenly, without really trying, I had become a storyteller.
Storytelling you can take home...my books
My first book, "Adventures of Seamus McSeamus, an Irish Rover" is available for sale
I also have a booklet for sale directly from me--Wake Me When It's Over. I think you can guess what that one is about...
Latest Updates and where I'll be next
Mount Hope Estate, Manheim, PA
June 27 and 28, 2015
Was damp, but fun--next year should be better yet!
Dayton Celtic Festival
Riverscape Metro Park, downtown Dayton, OH
July 24, 25 and 26, 2015
Lots of music,
(Gaelic Storm, Scythian, and Socks in the Frying Pan!)
food, fun and free!
Dublin Irish Festival
Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio
July 31, Aug. 1 and 2, 2015
My 16th festival as a storyteller
15th year of the Wake Tent!
And did the Wake play in Peoria?
Yes! At the Peoria Erin Feis!!