Irish Heritage Lecture Series
November 24 & December 1
The Benevolent Irish Society will sponsoring its Annual Lecture series which is now over 30 years in duration. In the course of the series the intention is to present one or more lectures on the Island’s Irish Community, on Ireland and the Irish, and on the wider Celtic (Scots, Breton, Welsh, Manx) community.
On November 24 Dr. Tiber Falzett will share a tale of the supernatural In his lecture “’S Ann à Baile Thròndndairnis a Dh’fhalbh An Còmhlan...” (“It Was From a Trotternish Village That The Group Departed...”): Lament, Memory, and the Supernatural in the Isle of Skye and Prince Edward Island. This talk explores a legend and accompanying lament, Cumha Lachlainn Mhàrtainn (Lament For Lachlan Martin) composed by Angus Shaw (Aonghas mac a’ Lighiche) commemorating a tragedy that befell a wedding party in the Isle of Skye on January 31, 1820. In some accounts as once recited in the cèilidh houses of both Prince Edward Island and the Isle of Skye the tragedy is attributed to witchcraft. Field recordings, newspapers, and other published sources will be employed, highlighting in particular the remarkable endurance of memory among Prince Edward Island’s Skye communities.
The final talk in this year’s series will take place on December 1 when Dr. Ed MacDonald talks about The Legend Of Edward Whelan: Hit And Myth In The Life Of A Famous Islanders. Edward Whelan, today remembered chiefly as an Island Father of Confederation, wore many hats: able politician, brilliant journalist, Irish—then Island nationalist, outspoken reformer, acclaimed orator, tragic figure.
All lectures in this series will take place at the Hon. Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Road, in Charlottetown, on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.
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