Winter 2011

Joseph Campbell network in Ireland

Joseph Campbell enthusiasts appear to be scattered far and wide in Ireland so from here out we will use the Mythological RoundTable® Group of Dublin on group to provide a means of building a network and keeping in touch.


Mythos III
Tim Halford
Tim Hallford of the JCF at the back of Newgrange.

Campbell cited Thomas Mann and James Joyce as his formative influences and frequently quotes Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake through out his won masterworks (The Masks of God I-IV). The JCF is planning to a feature on Campbell and Ulysses in Mythos III. Tim Hallford arrived in Ireland in September from the US to make contacts and gather materials for the project. He also took the opportunity to visit many or Ireland's ancient sites.

Summer 2011

Jesse Tree in Swords Castle

A year or two ago when we first did the photos for the Norman Archbishop John Comyn of Dublin's summer residence in Swords Castle, we indicated that the McCorkell brothers who had completed the side windows were going to use the Jesse Tree window at Chartres Cathedral as the inspiration for the main window of the restored chapel. The McCorkell brothers have since done a magnificent job on the Swords Jesse Tree and it was installed in late 2010. To see it in its full glory look it up under Comyn's Chapel in the Project Gallery Section or visit the chapel itself in Swords - visit the archaeologists office and ask them to open it. Also included is a close up of the Upper Section which is otherwise difficult to appreciate. The magnificent restoration work appears to have slowed on the Swords Castle as a whole since the onset of the current recession but hopefully Fingal County Council will continue to support it.

Word Sleuth:

*mélit (PIE) - honey:-

The PIE noun for honey mélit is mil in Old Irish, mel in Latin, miel in French, melr in Armenian, militt in ancient Hittite and Greek méli. The Chinese word for honey mi - 蜜 is thought to be borrowed from the Proto-Tocharian mit. The name Melissa means Honey Bee in Greek
A cave painting in Valencia Spain, depicts a honey harvester with bees swarming around in Cueve de la Arana (cave of the spider) dating from circa 13,000 BCE.

Title: The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European (PIE) - Authors: J.P.Mallory and D.Q.Adams - Pub: Oxford Linguistics - ISBN: 978-0-19-929668-2