Virtual Historic Tour of Ireland Counties Counties Kildare and Meath

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - Nov 7, 14, 28 and Dec 5

This course brings you on a virtual tour of Kildare and Meath.

Bru na BoinneCill Dara, Kildare – the cell or church of the oak. The region is associated with the ancient kingdom of the Uí Dúnlainge. The rise of Kildare sept the Uí Dúnlainge after 633AD helped promote the cult of St Brigid, as she was related to that dynasty, giving her status as one of three 'national saints' of Ireland. The Fitzgerald dynasty controlled the House of Kildare from the 13/14th century and are identified in The Annals of the Four Masters as being "more Irish than the Irish themselves" or Galls, due to assimilation with the native Gaelic aristocratic and popular culture. The Fitzgerald's held extensive estates and had many castles in the county, the principal one being at Maynooth. At Moone there is one of the most beautiful High Crosses to be found in Ireland. Mullachreelan Woods, three miles north of Castledermot, marks the birthplace of Saint Laurence O'Toole. It was at Ardscull that Edward Bruce defeated Sir Edmund Butler in 1315.

cill daraBru na Boinne:The area is thought to be the burial grounds of the ancient Celtic High Kings and the dwelling place of the Tuatha De Dannan. Tradition has it that the Lia Fail was the original Jacob’s Pillar which was brought to Ireland by the Milesians. Tara - meaning house of music- was famous all over the world and dates back over 4,000 years. Every three years an assemble was held at Tara at which laws and customs of the land was discussed and instituted The decline of Tara began as Christianity took hold. In 1843 Daniel O'Connell held his famous "Repeal the Act of Union" rally at Tara attended by about one million people. Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth were built over 5,000 years ago - older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. A bronze statue in Ardee commemorates the mythological four day battle between Cuchulainn and Ferdia. The Battle of the Boyne took place in July 1690.

To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product/virtual-historic-tour-of-ireland/ 

Call 508-394-7100 to reserve a place. Class fee: $75/$70 for members

Virtual Historic Tour of Ireland Counties Kilkenny and Carlow

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - Oct 10, 17, 24 and 31.

This course brings you on a virtual tour of Kilkenny and Carlow.

Saint Canice Cathedral KilkennyKilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) is named after Saint Canice a 6th century Irish monk who is one the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. A Viking Massacre occurred in Dunmore cave in 928 AD.  In 1320, the first recorded instance of a person being charged with witchcraft in Ireland happened in Kilkenny. The English government in Ireland passed the Statutes of Kilkenny in 1367 designed to keep English settlers from integrating with the Irish. The Confederate Catholics of Ireland met in Kilkenny in 1642 and set up a Provisional Government. Prior to the Battle of the Boyne King James of England resided in Kilkenny castle. W.T. Cosgrave won a by-election in Kilkenny in 1917 for Sinn Féin. In May 1922 18 men were killed in a battle in Kilkenny between pro and anti-treaty forces.

Brownshill Dolmen CarlowCarlow town has played a major role in Irish history, serving as the capital of the country in the 14th century. "Follow Me Up to Carlow" is an Irish folk song celebrating the defeat of an army of 3,000 English soldiers by Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne in 1580. The Battle of Carlow took place in Carlow town, on 25 May 1798 when Carlow rebels rose in support of the 1798 rebellion. Frank O'Meara, Saoirse Ronan, George Bernard Shaw all have family connections to Carlow. The capstone of the Brownshill Dolmen, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. Carlow people were nicknamed “The Scallion Eaters”.

To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product/virtual-historic-tour-of-ireland/ 

Call 508-3947100 for information. Class fee: $75/$70 for members

1916 Rebellion in Ireland

Irish History Class 
A four week course on the Easter Rising of 1916 will be presented
at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.
Wednesdays October 10, 17, 24, and 31: 7:15 to 8:15

The Famine changed Ireland forever. After the famine the social structure changed to reflect the devastation caused by the famine and the need to survive. Emigration drained the country of its young men and women and did not abate until the 1920's and was not reversed until the 1990's.

proclamation

The course is for those who wish to brush up on their knowledge of the Rising and for those who know little about it but who wish to know more. The course provides a comprehensive account of the background to the Rising and the Rising itself. The course is for those who wish to brush up on their knowledge of the Rising and for those who know little about it but who wish to know more. The course provides a comprehensive account of the background to the Rising and the Rising itself. The course will include some audio visual materials. All students will receive a PowerPoint presentation for each class.


Cultural Center of Cape Cod 
Wednesdays October 10, 17, 24, and 31: 7:15 to 8:15
Call 508-394-7100 to reserve a place 
http://www.cultural-center.org/product-category/education/humanities
One course: $75/$70 for members.

From Famine to 1916

Irish History Class 
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:15 pm - Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3

The Famine changed Ireland forever. After the famine the social structure changed to reflect the devastation caused by the famine and the need to survive. Emigration drained the country of its young men and women and did not abate until the 1920's and was not reversed until the 1990's.

 fenian collar  fenian crowd  land league poster

The search for a free and Independent Ireland continued. The radicals republicans and nationalists formed the Fenian movement; constitutional nationalists formed the Home Rule movement; the Land Wars took on a new importance with the understanding of the clear link between famine and landlordism; and, then out of the ashes arose a Gaelic Revival that sought to promote the ancient history of Ireland, its laws, culture and language as an antidote to the Anglicization of Ireland.

This four week course will explore these events in depth so that it is then possible to understand the Ireland that then produced, in a ten year period, a Rebellion, A war of Independence, A Civil War, and a partitioned Ireland. These topics will form the basis of the autumn and winter lecture series.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod 
Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:15 pm - Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3
To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product-category/education/humanities/ 

One course: $75/$70 for members.

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Virtual Historic Tour of Ireland Counties Waterford and Wexford

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - July 11, 18, 25 and August 1

This course is a four "day" virtual tour of the counties of Waterford and Wexford in the southeast corner of Ireland.

Wexford town Waterford City

Waterford (left) and Wexford (right) have a unique history involving the Viking and Norman invasions. Wexford was one of the key centers in the 1798 Rebellion. It is the ancestral home of the Kennedy's Waterford is Ireland's oldest city.

To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product/virtual-historic-tour-of-ireland/
Call 508-3947100 for information. Class fee: $75/$70 for members

Counties Laois and Offaly

Virtual Historic Tour of Ireland Counties
Laois and Offaly
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3

This course is a four "day" virtual tour of the counties of Laois and Offaly in the midlands of Ireland.

The county name of Laois derives from Loígis, of which the modern county is only a part. In the 11th century, its dynastic rulers adopted the surname Ua/Ó Mórdha. By the first century AD, the western third of Laois was part of the Kingdom of Ossory. The eastern part was divided roughly into seven parts, which were ruled by the Seven Septs of Loígis: O’More (O’Moore), O’Lalor, O’Doran, O’Dowling, O’Devoy (O’Deevy), O’Kelly and McEvoy.

odoran odowling okelly

The Kingdom of Uí Failghe from which the name Offaly is derived, was ruled by the Ó Conchobhair Failghe (Anglicised as: O'Conor Faly) whose territory included the east of the county. The Kingdom of Firceall ruled by the O'Molloy clan constituted much of the centre of the county. Much of the south of the present day county was ruled by Ó Cearbhaill of Éile (Anglicized as: O'Carroll Ely).

The present day counties were formed following the Tudor plantations in an attempt by the English Crown to expand its sphere of influence in Ireland which had declined following the Norman Conquest of Ireland. All the clans from these counties had their lands confiscated after the Cromwellian Invasion. Some of the O'Carroll's immigrated to the Americas.  Charles Carroll is the only Catholic signatory to the Declaration of Independence. Charles Jnr.was the main contractor on the building of the White House. The White House and Washington city are built on lands owned by the O'Carroll's.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3
To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product-category/education/humanities/ 

One course: $75/$70 for members.