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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Irish Balladeer Danny O'Flaherty & Archaeologist Caimin O'Brien

From the Irish Society & Irish Studies Center at the University Of St. Thomas: We have 2 more outstanding events in March for your enjoyment: March 21 and 29! Danny O'Flaherty Please join us Wednesday, March 21, for a return visit of Celtic Balladeer Danny O'Flaherty Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Celtic Balladeer Danny O'Flaherty When: 7 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, UST Sponsors: Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum, The Irish Society and KPFT Radio Station Cost: $15 for students; $20 for adults Pay at the door in cash only; no RSVP or advance tickets sold First-come, first-served You are in for a special treat with Celtic Danny O'Flaherty, who performed for us last August. Danny will perform traditional music of Ireland along with his own original ballads and love songs. From songs of Galway fishermen, aching ballads, love songs and rollicking folk shanties, Danny sings one style of music as beautifully as the next. The consummate entertainer, Danny tailors his shows to young and old alike, making his performances family friendly. To hear him tell it, he is just a simple Bard doing what has been done throughout the ages. But it only takes a moment of hearing him sing to know that it is a special gift. Danny Doyle, who was originally scheduled to perform with Danny O'Flaherty, will not be able to be with us due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the bad weather on the east coast last week. But Danny O'Flaherty will put on a fulllength concert and will entertain you with an impressive array of Celtic Ballads. Danny O'Flaherty was forced to leave his American home of New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina, and now is resuming his career in Texas. Come support Danny and hear wonderful Irish music. ---- Stories from a Sacred Landscape by Caimin O. Brien Thursday, March 29, 2007 Archaeologist Caimin O'Brien Archaeological Survey of Ireland National Monuments Service Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Stories from a Sacred Landscape, from Pagan Country to Christian Ireland When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon , UST Sponsors: Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum, Irish American Cultural Institute, UST Program in Archaeology and the Friends of Archaeology Archaeologist Caimin O'Brien will cover the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its impact on the existing beliefs of the Irish in pre-Christian Ireland. He will explore the impact of Christianity on the art, architecture and folklore of Ireland over the last 2000 years. He also will explore whether the Irish gave up their pagan beliefs and adopted Christianity or they adapted Christianity to their existing pre-Christian rituals and beliefs. Caimin will look at the social background of the evangelising saints who introduced Christianity into Ireland. He also will explain the family background and the social status of important saints like St. Patrick, St. Columcille of Durrow and Iona, St. Ciar n of Clonmacnoise and many more. He will ask questions such as: Why did Christianity gain such a stronghold in Ireland so quickly and without bloodshed or martyrdom of the saints? And why did the rulers of pagan Ireland give up their belief system that had slowly formed over the centuries and turn to a new religion in a relative short time period? These and many more questions will be reviewed through an analysis of the historical documents, landscape archaeology, architecture, art history, poetry and the folk beliefs of the Irish people. Caimin is an archaeologist with the Archaeological Survey of Ireland, which is a section of the National Monuments Service of the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. He has compiled and published the Archaeological Inventories of Counties Offaly and Tipperary, North Riding and a book on The Medieval Churches of County Offaly. See you soon! Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D. Director, Center for Irish Studies University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 713-525-3592 (direct) 713-525-3866 (fax)
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