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
(July 29-31, 2016)
Lots of music and fun, if a bit wet Sunday...
And the pipe and drum folk were great fun!
Dublin Irish Festival
Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio
July 31, Aug. 1 and 2, 2015
We had music in the tent, and a grand time in perfect weather!
Does the Wake play in Peoria?
Yes! At the Peoria Erin Feis!!