from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Scots A skilled teller of tales or legends, especially Gaelic ones.

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  • n. storyteller


Scots Gaelic seanachaidh, from Old Irish senchaid, variant of senchae, historian, from sen, old; see sen- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The story is a folk-story of many countries and Synge was told the version he worked from by the old shanachie of Inishmaan whom he calls Pat Dirane in "The Aran Islands."

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  • If you doubt that he was shanachie, not druid, compare the two legends in "Beyond the Blue Septentrions."

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  • It is because he is the reincarnation of the shanachie of the Dark Ages.

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  • The range of the shanachie is wide, and wide, too, the range of Sharp in the rôle of shanachie of barbaric life on both sides of the Moyle.

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  • Mr. Seumas MacManus is as truly a shanachie as the old story-tellers that yet tell the old tales about peat fires in Donegal.

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  • Quiller-Couch been born ten years later Cornwall had not wanted a shanachie.

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  • In other words, it is in the very manner of the shanachie of the Dark Ages, whether his work was recorded then as court poem or has been handed down by word of mouth among the folk.

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  • Trefuilngid: True indeed, O Fintan, you are an excellent shanachie in holding the memory of this land.

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  • Both plays are written out of the old legends that are the common property of Irish and Scottish Gael, and in both Sharp has treated his material with his wonted freedom of adaptation, a freedom that is generally justified by his results, his instinctive surety of reconstruction of myths being such as to make one wonder, with Mr. Russell, if Sharp is not, in some fashion, a reincarnation of a shanachie that sang as contemporary in the wars of Gael and Gall.

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