#122 | The Skellig List: Irish Storytelling from Mythology to TikTok with Róisín McNally

Feb 07, 12:00 AM

Róisín McNally tells Éimear and Darach about how Deirdre of the Sorrows is just your typical goth teenager surrounded by disappointing adult, and how Irish mythology is full of women discovering their potential when they are left alone by men.

“Basic Structure of an Irish Fairytale: 
  1. Don’t do the thing
  2. Does the thing
  3. Death”    

Do you understand what mythology is, and its role in the way all stories are told and heard? Do you understand what TikTok is and why teenagers are spending hours preparing nine-second one-person plays in their bedrooms? How could these two things possibly be linked? Fortunately today we have a guest who can explain both.

Donegal’s Róisín McNally is an accomplished TikTok-er with a degree in Celtic Civilisation. She tells Éimear and Darach about how Deirdre of the Sorrows is just your typical goth teenager surrounded by disappointing adults, how Irish mythology is full of women discovering their potential when they are left alone by men, and the influence of Celtic Woman and Enya on Gen Z cosplayers.

This is the final episode of Motherfoclóir’s Season 2 - we’ll be back soon! Thank you for all your support.

You can find Róisín on TikTok and Insta at @roro_the_terrible

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