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- n. (noun) A skilled storyteller.
Mr. Seumas MacManus is as truly a shanachie as the old story-tellers that yet tell the old tales about peat fires in Donegal.
To help his memory the early 'shanachie' or story teller grouped his romantic story-store under different heads, such as 'Tains' or Cattle-spoils, Feasts, Elopements, Sieges, Battles, Destructions, Tragical Deaths.
Irish storytellers - or shanachie - are actors, poets, historians, cultural icons. Dublin native Gerry Burke is among the best.
'Shanachie' comes from the Old Irish 'senchaid,' a variant of 'senchae,' historian.