Etaoin Holahan and her sister Aoife, outside Fennelly’s award-winning cafe in Callan
In this heavily technological age, when every second person you meet is immersed in a smart phone or I pad, it’s refreshing to revert now and then to the good old days when people huddled around open fires in the depths of winter to hear someone tell a yarn.
On Saturday night from 7.30pm to 9pm, Fennelly’s in Callan will revive those almost forgotten times with a rollicking session of story telling, interspersed with music and chat. It will be open to all ages and promises to be evening to remember.
Apart from running a multi- award-winning cafe, Etaoin Holahan has played a pivotal role in helping to rejuvenate the town centre and transform Callan into a Mecca for the arts. She’ s a gifted storyteller in her own right, as she demonstrated so breathtakingly with her in-depth but riveting account of how the famine soup cauldron got from the grim Callan Workhouse to Fennelly’s Courtyard and back again.
If you yearn for a mini Yuletide break from the mad commercial countdown to the Big Day, you could do worse than drop into Fennelly’s where a hearty welcome awaits you, and, who knows, you might find yourself sharing a story of your own with the revellers.