TITLE - In the wake of the Vikings
Leader - Professor Chris Stillman

Thu, 06/10/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

This talk is about a cruise from Bergen to Quebec. It is about the geographical and geological history, the contrasting origins of the Scandinavian and Greenland people. A few years ago Chris Stillman had the pleasure of travelling from Norway to Canada via Iceland, Greenland and Nova Scotia on a cruise-liner. He was able to show that there were several similarities between the human history and the geological one - though the time-scales are rather different : human measured in thousands of years and geological in millions. The Earth's crust is in continual movement, with the surface layers cracking and molten lava erupting as volcanoes. The ocean floors are built in this way, for millions of years, and we can see this process of cracking open and new crust filling the cracks in Iceland. The continents are cracked apart over millions of years with the new ocean-floors growing between them. The cruise crossed the northern Atlantic which is still growing. The Vikings were seamen who sailed across this widening ocean several hundred years ago. Their ancestors had in fact begun in Africa and disturbed by volcanic eruptions, they migrated from north-eastern Africa a few thousand years ago, migrating northward across Europe and settling in Scandinavia. Greenlanders have a rather different history. Neighbours to the Viking ancestors in Africa, they had taken a different route, migrating eastward across south-east Asia, then northward to Arctic Siberia. As climates changed during the Ice-Age they were able to migrate eastward across North America to northern Greenland and eventually southern Greenland, where they met their one-time African ancestors. The Vikings then sailed on to Nova Scotia where they established a short-lived trading centre. ------------------------- Chris Stillman is a retired professor of geology. He graduated at Leeds University and in 1959 joined the Northern Rhodesian Geological Survey for six years. He then took up a lectureship in Trinity College where he taught and researched until 2000. He then took up lecturing on cruise liners and his research on volcanic rocks took him around much of the world. His talk today makes use of much of this research.
TITLE - Wexford Opera- One of the Great Miracles
Leader - Randall Shannon, Executive Director of Wexford Festival Opera, previously Opera Advisor to the Irish Arts Council

Thu, 20/10/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

The title of Randall's presentation "Wexford Opera- one of the Great Miracles" is part of a quote by Colm Toibin. Randall will expand upon this description outlining the history of Wexford Opera, which began in 1951 and continues to grow from strength to strength to the presnt day.
TITLE - Guided tour of the Museum of Literature of Ireland, 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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Thu, 27/10/2022 from 00:00 - 12:00 in

Thursday, 27th October, 2022, 11.00am. Fee: €13.50 per person Something for everyone here: Literature, History, Architecture, Gardens Only 20 places available on this tour. We will have a guided tour of MoLI which has on display, amongst other Joycean material, the first copy of the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Those of us who had the opportunity to visit Marsh’s Library on Bloom’s Day this year will recall seeing copy number 143 of the first edition of Ulysses on display there. In its examination of the work of James Joyce MoLI explores Irish literature of the past as well the work of modern Irish authors with the clear intention of inspiring writers of the future. This is a deep well from which to draw. We also have a chance to see the exquisite craftsmanship and stucco work of the Lafranchini brothers in the entrance to the museum. The garden at MoLI is another surprise and gives access to the Iveagh Gardens. There is a shop and a café to revive our sated spirits. This tour will be a great all-rounder, well worth the fee and definitely one not to miss. Send an email to info@thebrayheadsu3a.ie as soon as possible to secure your place on this guided tour.
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Thu, 03/11/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

TITLE - Life in the Hills: The Flora & Fauna of Wicklow Mountains National Park
Leader - Gillian Stewart

Thu, 17/11/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

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TITLE - Gold and Treasures, National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Leader - Áine Furey

Thu, 24/11/2022 from 11:00 - 12:00 in

Thursday, 24th November, 11.00am. Fee €7 per person, pay on the day Places on tour limited to 12 people This will be a real feast for the eyes as, with expert help, we examine some of Ireland’s most famous objects. Áine Furey, experienced guide and folklorist, will lead us on a guided tour of the magnificent Bronze Age Gold collection followed by The Treasury where gold and precious metal artefacts dating from the Iron Age and early medieval Ireland are housed. These include the exquisite gold boat from the Broighter Hoard; the Ardagh Chalice, ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Cross of Cong. If time allows we will also explore the exhibition Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage. Áine Furey has been a freelance guide in Dublin for many years and has worked at the NMI, Kildare Street; Folklore Dept., UCD; for the OPW at Dublin Castle, Farmleigh House, Pearse Museum, Kilmainham Gaol, Glendalough and for Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin. Places are limited so if you would like to join Áine's tour please contact info@thebrayheadsu3a.ie as soon as possible.
TITLE - Profiling terrorists
Leader - Dr Paul Gill

Thu, 01/12/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

This talk draws on extensive access to offender interviews, police and investigative files, and court reports. It outlines the life stories of lone-actor terrorists, their motivations and how risk assessment of violent extremists works in practice. Paul Gill is a Professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He leads a research group focused upon the behavioural underpinnings of terrorism.
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Thu, 15/12/2022 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

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Thu, 05/01/2023 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

Print Date: 03 Oct 2022