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Irishman Reprises St. Patrick Program at Main Library

3/7/2013 4:15:00 PM

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Irishman Reprises St. Patrick Program at Main Library

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will host a Wednesday, March 13 program, “Echoes o’ the Emerald Isle,” at 2 p.m.

The free program is open to the public and will be led by storyteller and Irishman Batt Burns who is returning for a second year. He will read traditional Irish stories and poetry by W.B. Yeats, Brendan Kennelly, Patrick Kavanagh and Oscar Wilde and will include snippets of Irish history and folklore, and humorous anecdotes. He will close the program with traditional songs on the concertina.

Burns, an Irish primary school teacher by trade, launched his storytelling career after he won the All-Ireland Teachers Talent Competition in Dublin in 1983. Since then he has relocated to the U.S. where he has won storytelling competitions in several states. He has appeared in a number of Eastern Seaboard colleges and universities and was the featured storyteller in 2000 at the Masterton Storytelling Festival in New Zealand. He is a sought-after conference speaker in this country and in his native Ireland and has made appearances on radio and television including “Good Morning America,” and England’s “The Late Late Show.”

For more information, visit Burns’ website at For more information about this and other Clearwater Library System programs, call (727) 562-4970 or visit