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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.
Kilkenny (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.
Carlow 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