TITLE - The Ancestral Stomping Ground is visited by the Historical and Archaeological Sub-group.

Wed, 10/03/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in

This session is open to Everyone and we hope that you will attend. The idea is to have short (about 10 mins), light-hearted contributions from our members about one or more of their forebears or any object that has its own ‘history’ within their family. Our forebears, rather like the Muirchú Dr Anthony Harvey was talking about, were very good at ‘corporate spin’ and often appeared to have lived their lives as models of exemplary behaviour but did they? Were they that lucky that they avoided unexpected and challenging events for which they felt ill-equipped? How did they respond to these? Dig a bit deeper and you never know what you may come up with. While light-hearted in its approach, this is not a frivolous exercise. When discussing challenges faced by earlier generations we are inevitably brought into the realms of local, social, economic, industrial and political history. A consideration of these aspects of society may lead to a greater understanding of our forebears and perhaps instil in us a greater confidence in how we approach our own challenges. Tom McNally has also very generously offered to answer specific questions on researching family history. If you would like to give a talk on your family member/s or any object important to your family the Team would love to hear from you and please let us know in advance at info@brayheadsu3a.ie
TITLE - Recovering the Sacred Music of Medieval Ireland
Leader - Dr Ann Buckley, Medieval History Research Centre, Dept of History, TCD

Thu, 18/03/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Following the centralising Carolingian reforms of the ninth century, what is generally known as ‘Gregorian’ chant gradually became standard throughout the western Christian Church. And while certain local or regional practices continued for longer in areas more distant from Rome, surviving sources belong largely to a common international repertory. A striking exception is the saint’s Office, or Historia (the medieval term), the liturgy for Matins, Lauds and Vespers used on an individual saint’s feastday. This is aptly named because both the chant texts and related spoken readings involve stories about the life of the individuals concerned, accounts of miracles associated with them (involving mostly healing and acts of charity), and glorification of their memory. There are often references to specific localities too, revealing a close personal connection with these ritual songs and prayers on the part of those who sang, spoke and listened to them. Irish saints whose offices form part of this legacy include Brigit, Patrick, Colmcille, Canice, Brendan, Laurence O’Toole, Fursa, Columbanus, Gall, Kilian, among others. The talk will include a brief account of the work involved in breathing new life into this music, an important part of Irish hidden heritage which has been silent for some 600 years; it will be illustrated by a selection of recent sound recordings and images from the manuscripts. Biography Ann Buckley is a musicologist specialising in medieval studies, with interests in the music of medieval Ireland, European medieval Latin and vernacular secular song, and the history of musical instruments. Her current research, the Amra project, concerns chant for Irish saints, based on an exhaustive survey of manuscripts which survive today in libraries and archives across Europe. A graduate of University College Cork, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Cambridge, Ann Buckley has taught and presented seminars and guest lectures at an international level, including Western and Eastern Europe, and North America. A former Research Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris, she has also held appointments at University College Cork, University College Dublin, Maynooth University and Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently based at the Medieval History Research Centre, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. Ann Buckley has received awards in support of her work from the Irish Research Council, the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, Foras na Gaeilge and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, among others. She publishes widely at an international level, and is also actively engaged in public lecturing and performance, as well as presenting radio programmes on various aspects of medieval music. Her most recent publication is an edited collection of essays, Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context (Brepols 2017: https://bit.ly/2FBbxDI), and she has recently completed another collected volume (co-edited with Lisa Colton) on Music and Liturgy in Medieval Britain and Ireland for publication by Cambridge University Press.
TITLE - COVID-19 Update (Title TBC)
Leader - Dr Máirín Ryan, NPHET and Dr Ceppie Merry, Integrative Infectious Diseases Consultant

Wed, 31/03/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

TITLE - Interesting Women in the Life of Frederick William Burton - Artist, Antiquary and Director
Leader - Dr Marie Bourke, former Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland

Thu, 15/04/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Join Marie Bourke, for an illustrated talk on the career of one of Ireland's favourite artists - Frederick William Burton, who was born in Wicklow but spent his childhood in Clare. Dr Bourke will shed light on this leading water-colourist, renowned for 'The Meeting on The Turret Stairs', 1864, NGI (which was voted Ireland's favourite painting and which appears in Photo 1), and she will mention some of the women in his life, including his fiancée, Mary Palliser from Waterford. Dr Marie Bourke is the former Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland and one of the highly successful exhibitions which she curated was: 'Frederick William Burton: For the Love of Art at the National Gallery of Ireland' (2017-18). A former Adjunct Professor in the School of Art History & Cultural Studies at UCD, she is the author of many publications including, The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000 (2011, 2013). She is an Assessor on the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme and Vice-Chair of the RDS Arts Committee. Photos: 1. Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864, Watercolour. NGI.2358. Copyright the National Gallery of Ireland 2. Dr Marie Bourke
TITLE - Brian Friel, Memory and Identity: 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' and Other Plays
Leader - Christopher Murray, Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre History, UCD

Thu, 29/04/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

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TITLE - Visions and Strategies for Regional Planning in Ireland.
Leader - Jim Walsh, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University

Thu, 13/05/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Jim Walsh is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University where he is also a member of the Maynooth Institute for Social Sciences (MUSSI). His research interests are in rural and regional development, demographic change and spatial planning. He has published extensively on these topics. In addition to his research he has extensive experience in leadership and project management in higher education as Vice-President of Maynooth University for twelve years, and in providing strategic advice on a wide range of policies over many years to government departments and other agencies that include the National Economic and Social Council; Dept of Environment on the National Spatial Strategy and the National Planning Framework; Dept. of Agriculture on the White Paper for Rural Development; and in more recent years the Dept of Community and Rural Affairs through membership of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas.
TITLE - 'The Devil's Chaplain': The Life and Times of Charles Darwin
Leader - Dr Peter Boyle, Fellow Emeritus, TCD

Thu, 27/05/2021 from 11:00 - 12:00 in Zoom Online

When he left school at the age of sixteen in 1825 , Charles Darwin said about himself that "I was considered by all my masters and by my father as a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect". And yet when he died in 1882 his name was a household word. Today Darwin is arguably the most written about and most widely discussed scientist of all time. It could also be said that no other scientist in history was to cause such a dramatic change in how ordinary people understood themselves and their place in the world. This talk will review the life, times, and career of this extraordinary man Dr Peter Boyle is a Fellow Emeritus of Trinity. He was brought up in County Sligo in the house in which the famous Cambridge mathematician, Sir Gabriel Stokes (of 'Stoke's Law' fame) was born. He was educated in The King's Hospital School in Dublin and then in Trinity College, where he was elected a Scholar and then took a moderatorship in chemistry, followed by a Ph.D. He joined the academic staff of Trinity and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1972. He remained working in Trinity until his retirement, with periods abroad working in USA and Germany. In 2015 he published a new book on the Provosts of Trinity College.
TITLE - The Middle East: An Introduction to its Lands, People, History and Complexities
Leader - Former Ambassador, Isolde Moylan

Thu, 10/06/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Anytime that the Middle East features in the news media, the story almost always relates either to wars, uprisings, tyranny, terrorism, religious extremism or threats to the west, or to the vast oil-wealth of some of its countries and people. Having spent nearly eight years living, working and travelling in the region, retired Ambassador, Isolde Moylan, has witnessed and chronicled many of these conflicts and problems first hand but, in this talk, she will be delving in behind the news headlines, the terrible press which the region attracts, and the stereotypes which abound about it, to reveal a more multi-dimensional picture of these fascinating lands, peoples and cultures and the main historical, economic and external factors which impact so heavily on it. Isolde, who is a founding member and former Team Leader of our Bray Heads U3A Group, was an Irish diplomat for over 40 years, focusing mainly on political and international development issues. In addition to posts abroad in Washington DC, at the UN in New York, in Rome, Brussels; and Boston as Consul General, she served as Ambassador to Tanzania (1996-2000); as Ireland’s first resident Representative to the Palestinian Authority (2000-2002); Asia Political Director (2005-2010); and as Ambassador to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Sudan and the Arab League, based in Cairo (2010-2015). In retirement since mid-2015, she speaks and writes on the Middle East; she is a Board member of the Friends of Bethlehem University; a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation; an Archives Reviewer for the Department of Foreign Affairs; and a member of Bray Choral Society.
TITLE - TBC: COVID-19 Update
Leader - TBC: Professor Luke O'Neill, TCD

Thu, 24/06/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Following his lively and informative talk to our Group in November 2020 and his offer to return to provide us with an update at a later stage, we are hoping that he will be able to do so on this date or around this time.
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Fri, 25/06/2021 from 00:00 - 00:00 in

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Thu, 02/09/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Print Date: 06 Mar 2021