Cead Mile Failte--Welcome!

Cead Mile Failte--Welcome! A bit about me My programs and stories News and Views Down Home Tales Irish Wake Tent Wake Decorum Basics of the Wake Bus Tours of Dublin & Tour Programs Favorite Links Storytelling Inspiration Part 1 Hall of Inspiration, Folklore Collectors

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...

It started when my daughter was in first grade. Her teacher had a program called "Mystery Reader". Each week, a different parent would come in and read a short book to the class--it was always kept secret and sometimes the parent would even come in costume.
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...

Below is the bodhran I received for "Living the Irish Attitude" from the Dublin Visitors Bureau at the Blarney Bash 2017

Latest Updates and where I'll be next

Celtic Fling
Mount Hope Estate, Manheim, PA
June 22 and 23, 2019
Stories as well as the Irish Wake
A fun time on the grounds of a winery and Ren-faire

Dayton Celtic Festival
Riverscape Metro Park, downtown Dayton, OH
July 26-28, 2019
Lots of music and fun, and it's free!
Dublin Irish Festival
Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio
August 2-4, 2019
My 20th year as a teller and 19th for the Wake Tent!

Peoria Erin Feis
Riverfront Park, Peoria, IL
August 23-25, 2019
A fine time for all!

Michigan Irish Music Festival
Heritage Landing, Muskegon, MI
September 13-15, 2019
Always great music, great friends and great fun!