Events

Bealtaine Term 2019

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Saturday 18 May 2019
Early Medieval Celtic Saints study day
Revesby

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 Brendan the navigator, and some lesser known saints.
Schedule
10.00-11.15 – saints Patrick and Bridget
11.30-1.00 – saints Ninian and Columba
2.00-3.30 – Welsh saints
3.45-5.00 – Cornish and Breton saints
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
Early Medieval Celtic Saints registration form

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2019
Irish Language Retreat
Callala Beach

Spend a weekend immersed in the Irish language at beautiful Callala Beach on the NSW South Coast.  We will have exclusive use of a holiday house and numbers will be limited to a maximum of six.  Twin share rooms and shared bathroom facilities will be provided in the house. If you wish to participate in the weekend but do not wish to share a room, please contact us as other accommodation arrangements are available.  Formal Irish language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach and enjoying the outdoors – all in Irish.  All activities are optional, providing time to relax.  All meals, materials, accommodation, etc. are included in the price.  No prior knowledge of Irish required.
Schedule
5:00pm Friday 24 – 4:00pm Sunday 26 May
Venue
Beach house, Callala Beach
Cost
$400 ($300 student/unwaged) – limited places available, please register in advance
Materials, meals and accommodation included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Irish Language Retreat Program & Registration

Wednesday 5, 12 & 19 June 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
6:30pm – 8:30pm weekly
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, 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

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June 2019
Beechworth weekend package
Beechworth

Come along to the beautiful town of Beechworth, just 3 hours north of Melbourne, on the weekend of June 15 & 16. Stay overnight at the Old Priory (make sure to call and book your room in advance) and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in town, including a brewery and a wine bar. Spend the weekend attending one or both of our study days, and in your free time explore the historic town’s bush walks (the Beechworth Historic Park looks particularly good) and museums, including the Old Beechworth Gaol.
Schedule
10.00-5.00
Venue
The Old Priory, 8 Priory Ln, Beechworth VIC
Cost
$180 ($120 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch, morning and afternoon tea included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Beechworth registration form

Saturday 15 June 2019
History of the Celts in 20 Objects study day
Beechworth

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
10.00-11.15 – metalwork
11.30-1.00 – stone sculpture
2.00-3.30 – manuscripts
3.45-5.00 – other objects
Venue
The Old Priory, 8 Priory Ln, Beechworth VIC
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
Beechworth registration form

Sunday 16 June 2019
Introduction to Early Medieval Scotland study day
Beechworth

Join us for an illustrated overview of the history, religion, archaeology, art, language and literature of Scotland in the fifth to ninth centuries. We consider the peoples known as Picts, Gaels and Britons. We survey the evidence and discuss some of the problems and misconceptions in the study of early medieval Scotland. The remarkable artistic output of this culture will receive special attention.
Schedule
10.00-11.15 – peoples languages and territories
11.30-1.00 – travel routes and topography
2.00-3.30 – archaeological sites
3.45-5.00 – artefacts
Venue
The Old Priory, 8 Priory Ln, Beechworth VIC
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
Beechworth registration form

Thursday 20 June 2019
Photographing Celtic Sites evening seminar
Sydney

In this seminar you will learn how to get the best results from your camera, whether it’s a phone or a DSLR. We will talk about lighting, framing, focal length, choosing appropriate subjects, and adjusting for the local conditions. We’ll also touch on how to improve your photos with readily available software. Along the way you’ll see lots of photos of beautiful Celtic sites. This would be perfect preparation for our Early Medieval Ireland and Scotland study tours in July.
Schedule
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost
$35 ($25 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and snacks included
To register please complete the form below or click here
Photographing Celtic Sites registration form

Sunday 23 June 2019
Celtic High Crosses study day
Canberra

Celtic Christians from the 7th – 10th centuries erected magnificent carved stone crosses commonly known as high crosses. The crosses are embellished with scenes from the bible and possibly other sources, together with abstract Celtic art.
Join us for a virtual tour of Celtic High Crosses from Ireland and Scotland. We will explore the meaning of the scenes and symbols carved on the crosses and the historical background to their creation.
Schedule
11.30am-1.00pm – Irish high crosses
2.00pm-3.30pm – Pictish cross slabs
4.00pm-6.00pm – other Celtic crosses
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
Celtic High Crosses study day registration form

Sunday 14 July – Saturday 27 July 2019
Early Medieval Ireland study tour
Sunday 28 July – Saturday 10 August 2019
Early Medieval Scotland study tour

Join Dr Pamela O’Neill on a tour of early medieval sites, museum and library collections interspersed with informative talks.  Join the whole tour, or choose either Scotland or Ireland.
Cost
$4 200  each – please register in advance
$8 000  combined (make your own travel arrangements between Dublin and Glasgow)
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

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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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