I grew up in Ennis, where we had a great library. I loved visiting, and there was always a great sense of excitement whenever I would walk through the thick heavy doors into the wonderland of books. In the children's section - which was huge - there was an area called The Well. It was a deep circular hole surrounded by three layers of tiered seating.
Every so often a storyteller would visit the library, and we would sit in the tiers enthralled as he wove his tales for us. Eddie Lenihan was one of the ones I remember. I still love listening to him. Last year I was at a Wicca wedding in Feackle, County Clare, and Eddie was in a Mongolian Yurt, telling tales for adults. He was as good as ever.
I have never had the pleasure of performing in the well. Any time I have done a show in the library there have been too many kids. But I still love that spot. And I still love a good storyteller.