Epic Stories - Events

Songs of Home:
The Emigrant's Lament


As part of National Heritage Week, EPIC Ireland is proud to present an evening of song and story telling by renowned sean-nós singer, John Tunney.

John will sing songs of emigration and tell stories of how the Irish diaspora write about home. Taking place on Friday 26th August from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, this free event will be held in The chq Building, opposite the entrance to EPIC Ireland, Dublin’s extraordinary new visitor attraction, dedicated to telling the remarkable story of Irish migration.

Tickets are free but booking is essential as places are limited. To book your place click here. Visitors who book for this event will also be able to get a 25% discount off entry to EPIC Ireland.

John Tunney grew up in Donegal and is the youngest son of Paddy Tunney, ‘the Man of Songs’. John began singing seriously in his teenage years and made his public debut at Féile na Bóinne in Drogheda in 1977 where he performed the Child ballad ‘Tamlin’ – the ‘long version’ – with his father.  He has sung at festivals and taught workshops all over Ireland. For many years he has been a senior adjudicator at Fleadh Cheoil na h-Éireann. He has appeared on television and radio, on half a dozen CDs, and has been commissioned as an artist in residence to compose new traditional songs.  He has worked in Genealogy, Heritage Consultancy, and Museum Design. He was awarded an Irish ‘design Oscar’ for his work on the Smithfield Irish music exhibition, Ceol. In 2000, after twelve years living in Dublin, he moved to Clare and lectures in Heritage Studies, including teaching modules on Irish Traditional music and song, at Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology.  He is married to Mary and they have one son, Conall, who also sings.

Heritage Week takes place this year from 20th – 28th of August, with hundreds of free events planned across the country. For details visit their website.