74 – The Pooka Horse & other tales with Special Guest: Steve Lally

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by Steve Lally.

Strap yourself in, we’re in for a grand ride!

I am so happy to welcome Steve Lally, international storyteller and best-selling author, to Encounters with the Good People. Steve joins us today for a session of poems, music and a rollicking classic tale of the dreaded Pooka! You don’t want to miss this one.

You know sometimes someone is just born for one thing?

Growing up in County Kildare, Ireland, it seems Steve was destined from a young age to be a teller of tales.

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Steve Lally himself…

Steve’s late Grandmother was a Storyteller, and it was clear to all who knew him that, even from an early age, he would follow in her footsteps, as he gathered up stories like corn and stored them all away.

Well, he’s all grown up now and as takes his stories far and wide.

As you will hear yourself, he is really passionate about breathing life into storytelling and folklore, and sure they have never been important than they are in these now, in these unsettling days.



To celebrate Steve’s first visit to Encounters with the Good People, we have a beautiful book to giveaway.

I’m delighted to offer a hardcover copy of the recently published book ‘The Anthology of Irish Folk Tales’ to one lucky listener. This enchanting collection of stories gathers together legends from across Ireland told by a wealth of talented storytellers, including our guest Steve Lally.

From fairies, giants and vampires to changelings and witches, this book celebrates the distinct character of Ireland s different customs, beliefs and dialects, and is a treat for all who enjoy a well-told story.

Entering is ridiculously easy. Simply drop me a message telling me which episode of this Podcast has been your favourite (so far…). You can write to me via email, or on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Take a wee sneak peek at this gorgeous book here on Amazon:


Special Event:  ‘Tales by the Light of the Tilly Lamp’.

Our special guest, Steve Lally, is hosting a special live storytelling event on Saturday 4th July on his Facebook page.

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By Arthur Rackham.

For 90 minutes he will be weaving his way with poems, songs and of course, wonderful tales from 10pm to 1130pm GMT time.

‘Tales by the Light of the Tilly Lamp‘ is a fundraising storytelling session with awesome giveaways of books and pieces of art.

All funds raised will directly support Steve as he undertakes his upcoming Masters Degree in Folklore.

I hope you can join Steve on the 4th July and make a donation to support one of our great, modern storytellers to further develop his glorious craft. All you need to do is drop into Steve’s Facebook page called Irish Gothic: Fairy Stories from the 32 counties of Ireland to join Steve live for a great night on Saturday 4th July.

If you just would like to help support Steve continue in his work and upcoming study, you can!  Simply visit PayPal anytime and send a donation as a ‘Friend’ to:



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Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?
Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.


Podcast Credits.
Edited by Magic Dan
Special Guest: Steve Lally.
Steve’s Email: stevelallystories@gmail.com
Steve’s Website: www.storyman.info
Steve’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCroLuXSnqFKJog2TEQWAjWw

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Rumblin’, ‘Emerald Hills’, and ‘Gaelic’s Call’ by Trey Van Zandt.

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