Winter 2015

Aron Hegarty, the storyteller
The Storyteller, Aron Hegarty
15thth Dec 2015 in the GCR

We finished the year in style with the storyteller Aron Hegarty braved the many floods as he made his way from Sligo. He told many tales of myth and fairy tale. We recorded the shortest of these The Brewery of Eggshells. We look forward to many more such evenings.

Autumn 2015

The Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) successfully completed is fundraising campaign. The redesign of the website and the publication of more Campbell materials should now follow quickly.

Summer 2015

The Trinity Mythfest in June was a delight. It turned out to consist of a series of mostly outdoor events dramatising mythic tales. The tales were given a comedic twist by the DU Players and were hilarious. Six photo albums of the different enactments at: facebook.com/JCF.MRT.DUB give a good flavour of the proceedings. Their take on The Brown Bull of Cooley was my personal favourite.

In May some of us stayed at the Caraiosa Centre run by Brendan and Helen Doherty while attending the spectacular Uisneach Fire Festival. A superbly run event. For a full complement of photos of the festival see our meetup.com/odysseans or facebook.com/JCF.MRT.DUB websites.

Breakfast at Caraiosa
Trinity Mythfest 3-7th June 2015
The Brown Bull of Cooley

Winter 2015

The Theatre of War symposium at the Abbey Theatre was again a resounding success. The most interesting aspect was the highlighting of, mostly young, women directors from troubled spots around the world who use theatre to make a difference in traumatised communities, often in the most difficult of circumstances.

Word Sleuth:

*gere (PIE) - Crane (English)or in Irish An Corr :-

O.E. cran "large wading bird," common Germanic (O.S. krano, O.H.G. krano, Ger. Kranich,Welsh garan, Lith. garnys "heron, stork").
Although this bird has been absent from Ireland for about three centuries the birds role in ancient society has been forgotten. This is due in part due to the fact that its name in Irish is similar to that of the Grey Heron (An Corr vs An Corr Glas). The animal appears to have been domesticated and is thought to be represented by the bird leading the procession on the Ahenny Celtic Cross. Knocknagor (cnoc na gcorr - hill of the cranes/herons); Reaskcor (riasc corr - marsh where cranes gather);.

Title: Archaeology ireland - Spring 2011 - Out of sight out of Mind - Authors: Lorcan O'Toole and Ronan O'Flaherty - Pub: Word Well Books - ISBN: 9-770790-892024-03
Title: Northern Ireland Place Names Project - Authors: (Ulster Place Name Project 1952) - Pub: Queen's University Belfast - ISBN: http://www.placenamesni.org
Title: Online Etymology Dictionary - Authors: Douglas Harper - Pub: Douglas Harper - ISBN: http://www.etymonline.com/