Events

Bealtaine Term 2019

Sunday 14 July – Saturday 27 July 2019
Early Medieval Ireland study tour

Join Dr Pamela O’Neill on a tour of early medieval sites, museum and library collections interspersed with informative talks.
Cost
$4 200  each – please register in advance
Includes: all accommodation, transport, meals, admission to sites, expert guide and mini-lectures
You will be responsible for:  flights, travel insurance, extra snacks, drinks, souvenirs and other incidentals
Payment plan available
February   $500
March        $500
April          $500
May            $500
June           $1 000
July            $1 200
other plans available – contact us
Early Medieval Scotland and Ireland registration form

Lughnasadh Term 2019

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Sunday 11 August 2019
Holy Islands: Eileach and Skellig study day
Canberra

Eileach an Naoimh, in the Garvellachs off the west coast of Scotland is traditionally associated with Brendan the navigator. It contains relics of the early medieval period in the form off a bee-hive hut and cross-marked stone, together with later monastic remains. Skellig Michael, off the west coast of Ireland is a World Heritage site containing bee-hive huts and cross-marked stones, now famous as a Star Wars location.
These seminars will explore the material remains and history of the two islands. Register for one or both of the seminars.
Schedule
11.30am-1.00pm – Eileach an Naoimh and the Garvellachs
2.00pm-3.30pm – Brendan the Navigator and the monastery on Eileach an Naoimh
3.45pm-6.00pm – Skellig Michael
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Holy Islands registration form

Saturday 24 August 2019
Who were the Celts? study day
Penrith

A day-long introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on bronze-age, iron-age and early medieval language, art and archaeology.  We explore questions of identity, location and time period.  We investigate archaeological sites for what they can tell us about Celtic culture.  By looking at artefacts we identify the distinctive art styles associated with the Celts.
Schedule
10.00-11.30 – chronology, geography and definitions
11.45-1.00 – lifestyle and language
2.00-3.15 – archaeological sites
3.30-5.00 – art and artefacts
Venue
Penrith Gaels Cultural & Sporting Association, 75 Richmond Road corner Glebe Place, Kingswood
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch, morning and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Who were the Celts registration form

In partnership with the Kildara Centre, Melbourne
Saturday 31 August 2019

Holy Islands: Iona and Lindisfarne study day
Melbourne

The island of Iona was a centre of learning and the head of Saint Columba’s federation of churches.  We will discuss the history of the church in Saint Columba’s time, and investigate the many early medieval and later artefacts associated with Iona.  The tidal island of Lindisfarne was settled by monks from Iona at the invitation of the king of Northumbria.  It came to be of central importance for Christianity in the north of England.  We will explore Lindisfarne’s establishment and its role in the development of Christianity in England. We will look closely at the Lindisfarne Gospels and other artefacts from Lindisfarne.
Schedule
10.00-11.30 – Saint Columba and Iona
11.45-1.00 – Iona artefacts
2.00-3.15 – Lindisfarne history and place
3.30-5.00 – Lindisfarne artefacts
Venue
Kildara Centre, 39 Stanhope St, Malvern VIC
Cost
$30 – please register in advance
Registration and Payment are through the Kildara Centre
https://kildaracentre.net.au/
kildara@netspace.net.au
PH 9509 7906

In partnership with the Kildara Centre, Melbourne
Sunday 1 September 2019
Holy Islands: Eileach and Skellig study day
Melbourne

Eileach an Naoimh, in the Garvellachs off the west coast of Scotland is traditionally associated with Brendan the navigator. It contains relics of the early medieval period in the form off a bee-hive hut and cross-marked stone, together with later monastic remains. Skellig Michael, off the west coast of Ireland is a World Heritage site containing bee-hive huts and cross-marked stones, now famous as a Star Wars location.
These seminars will explore the material remains and history of the two islands. Register for one or both of the seminars.
Schedule
10.00-11.30 – Eileach an Naoimh geography, topography and natural history
11.45-1.00 – medieval history and archaeology
2.00-3.15 – Skellig Michael the place
3.30-5.00 – early medieval history and archaeology
Venue
Kildara Centre, 39 Stanhope St, Malvern VIC
Cost
$30
Registration and Payment are through the Kildara Centre
https://kildaracentre.net.au/
kildara@netspace.net.au
PH 9509 7906

Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 September 2019
Irish Language Conversation evenings
Sydney

Learners, practice your Irish in a friendly environment with gentle guidance.  Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Irish, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner.  Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautiful language.
Schedule
6:30 – 8:30 weekly
Venue
Gaelic Cultural Centre, 1/64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and snacks included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Irish Conversation registration form

Sunday 8 September 2019
Early Medieval Celtic Saints study day
Canberra

The Early Medieval period is famous for the saints of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. In this study day we will look at some of the most interesting of them; their places, lives, legends and artefacts. The national saints such as Patrick, David and Piran, together with other famous saints like Columba and some lesser known saints.
Schedule
11.30am-1.00pm – saints Patrick and Bridget
2.00pm-3.30pm – saints Ninian and Columba
3.45pm-6.00pm – saints of Wales, Cornwall and Brttany
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Early Medieval Celtic Saints registration form

Saturday 21 September 2019
Scottish Gaelic study day
Revesby

Learners, practice your Gaelic in a friendly environment with gentle guidance.  Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner.  Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautiful language.
Throughout the day we will practice our conversational skills and develop vocabulary relating to work, travel and clothing.
Schedule
10.00-11.15 – session 1
11.30-1.00 – session 2
2.00-3.30 – session 3
3.45-5.00 – session 4
Venue
Revesby Workers Club, 2B Brett Street, Revesby
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Scottish Gaelic registration form

Wednesday 2, 9 and 16 October 2019
Scottish Gaelic Conversation evenings
Sydney

Learners, practice your Gaelic in a friendly environment with gentle guidance.  Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner.  Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautiful language.
Schedule
6:30 – 8:30 weekly
Venue
Gaelic Cultural Centre, 1/64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and snacks included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Scottish Gaelic Conversation registration form

Sunday 13 October 2019
Lord of the Rings study day
Canberra

In this study day, we will investigate the traces of historical Celtic, Norse and Anglo-Saxon language and literature in The Lord of the Rings.  We begin with Tolkien’s academic work, his literary output, and the many letters he wrote. We will consider the distinct cultures of the Celts, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, and how they are reflected in the different races in the novels and in Peter Jackson’s movie series.
Schedule
11.30am-1.00pm – Tolkien; scholar and author
2.00pm-3.30pm – Anglo Saxons, Celts and Vikings
3.45pm-6.00pm – Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Lord of the Rings registration form

Saturday 19 October 2019
History of the Celts in 20 Objects study day
Glenbrook

The Celts are defined linguistically, and yet we are able to associate a vast collection of objects, decorative and utilitarian, with Celtic culture over more than two millennia.  An attempt to define the history of the Celts through such a small sample as twenty objects is doomed to failure.  Rather, this study day seeks to touch on some of the more intriguing aspects of Celtic culture though the objects that are associated with it.
In examining our twenty objects, we will also glance quickly at some additional objects that did not make the cut.  We will talk about what makes an object Celtic, what is special about each object, and how it represents a particular aspect of Celtic culture.  Each object will be illustrated with a range of photographs.
Schedule
10.00-11.30 – metalwork
11.45-1.00 – stone sculpture
2.00-3.15 – manuscripts
3.30-5.00 – other objects
Venue
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, Corner Hare &, Moore St, Glenbrook NSW
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
History of the Celts in 20 Objects registration form

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On very rare occasions, we may have to cancel an event due to circumstances beyond our control.  On such occasions, we will notify all registered participants and arrange a full refund.  If you are unable to attend an event for which you have registered, we will arrange a full refund if you cancel with at least 48 hours’ notice.  If you cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice, we will endeavour to arrange a reduced registration fee for a substitute event.

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