The professional story-teller, or sgealai, is still found in the West of Ireland. – The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius

The ‘sgealai’ enjoys higher status as narrator of the ‘sean-sgeal’ or international tale, while the ‘seanchai’ narrates local tales and lore concerning familiar places, family genealogies, fairies and ghosts.
– The Irish Writer and the World


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