121 – The Gancanagh (aka The Love-Talker)

by Edmund Dulac.

When is a broken heart more than just a broken heart?

Beware the tunes that touch your heart.

The Gancanagh will play the soul

Beware, sweet lass, don’t crave his art

He’ll pierce your heart and leave a hole.”


by Edmund Dulac.

The Gancanagh, also known as the Love-Talker, is a member of the Good People you best hope you never encounter! He seduces decent, innocent women into falling madly in love with him. Once he has conquered her, the Gancanagh disappears, leaving her to pine her life away (literally!).

You know the old saying “it’s the quiet ones you want to watch”, well this applies perfectly to the Gancanagh, he wreaks havoc subtlety, in sweet whispers.

And this perhaps is why he has been able to ply his particular trade for so very long.

In this episode we ponder if the Gancanagh not only enjoys, but is nourished by, the misery and torment he causes. I hope you can join me for the chat.



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After receiving suggestions and requests from listeners of this podcast all over the world, I’ve decided to put together a book of ‘Encounters with the Good People’. In this book I’ll include tales of encounters both historical and modern. So, if you, someone in your family, or a trusted friend, have had your experience with the Good People and are happy to share that experience, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at glassonionstories@gmail.com

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by Lucy Campbell.

Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan.

Poem and reading from ‘Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry’ by WB Yeats, read by Michael Ryan.

Michael Ryan Voiceover Website.

‘The Love Talker’ poem by Ethna Carbery. Read by thegirlwhotalks.

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

Additional Music: ‘Apex, ‘Standing Still’ and ‘Far Away’ by Joseph Earwicker.

‘Angst’ by Myuu

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