Event: St Brendan International Conference, Kerry, May 2013

St Brendan International Conference,
Tralee, Co Kerry,
17th – 18th May 2013.

St Brendan’s International Conference is being held over two days, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013.

One of the principal aims of The Gathering 2013 is to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. St Brendan (484-577AD), one of Ireland’s most famous historic figures, is strongly associated with the modern county of Kerry. He still carries an international focus, both of academic research and popular interest. This conference, which forms part of a programme of events relating to Brendan, involves leading speakers from Australia, America, Britain, France and Ireland. It will explore various themes, including early Christianity, the landscapes of Brendan, the Brendan voyage, and the Brendan cult.  The conference forms part of the St. Brendan Week Celebrations, May 14th-18th, centring on Ardfert, Fenit, Dingle and Tralee.

The St Brendan International Conference is a Gathering 2013 Event jointly organised by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and the Department of Archaeology, University College Cork and is supported by Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council under the IPB Community Gathering Fund.

Booking is essential, see website for details: http://www.saintbrendanweek.com/

Conference Programme

Friday May 17th, Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Tralee

5-7pm:  Registration, The Lobby, The Brandon Hotel, Tralee.

7pm:  Welcome Reception in the Round Gallery, Siamsa Tíre Theatre by the Mayor of Tralee, Cllr. John Wall.

8pm:  Official opening and keynote address by Professor Joseph F. Nagy, Department of English, University of California Los Angeles:  St Brendan’s Odyssey
Venue: Siamsa Tíre Theatre

Saturday May 18th, Parkview Room, Brandon Conference Centre

9.30am:    Dr Tomas Ó Carragáin, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork:  The Saints of Corcu Duibe: archaeology, history, landscapes.

10.15am:   Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, Emeritus Professor of Old and Middle Irish,  University College Cork: Kingdom saints: non-Kingdom churches.

11.00am:  Break for Coffee.

11.30am:    Professor Jean-Michel Picard, School of Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin: The Cult of St Brendan in Continental Europe in the Middle Ages

12.15pm:   Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Emeritus Professor of  Medieval History, University College Cork: Navigatio: Text and interpretation

1.00pm:  Lunch

2.15pm:  Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork: The Navigatio in the context of the Faroe Islands

3.00pm:   Dr Diarmuid Scully, Department of History, University College Cork:  Islands and Ocean: contexts for the Brendan Voyage and the Hereford World-Map

3.45pm:   Dr Jonathan Wooding, School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter: Navigating the Desert – Monastic Space and Landscape in St Brendan’s Voyage

4.30pm:  Professor Joseph F. Nagy,  A Conference Overview

7.00pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception in Winter Garden Room.

8.00pm:  Dinner in Parkview Room with entertainment provided by Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre.

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