IRISH HELLENIC SOCIETY INAUGURAL MEETING
Where: University College Dublin
Date: Friday 20th October
Time: 7.00 pm
The Inaugural Meeting was held in UCD this year. Dr. Niki Stavrou will gave an illustrated talk on the life of writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis. 2017 has been declared the ‘Year of Kazantzakis’ by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
LECTURE: John Shaw Smith: an Irish pioneer of photography in the Mediterranean
Date: Wednesday, 11th October.
Paddy Sammon, member, gave an illustrated talk on John Shaw Smith: an Irish pioneer of photography in the Mediterranean
AUTUMN OUTING: Kildrought House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Date: Saturday 2nd September 2017
For our first meeting of Autumn we arranged a guided tour of Kildrought House, Celbridge. Kildrought House was the village school in the 18thc. and attended by Charles Napier (cousin of Lord Edward Fitzgerald), who became Governor of Kefalonia in 1822.
The visit included a guided tour of the house and gardens. A great day was had by all!
SUMMER OUTING – ‘Irish Midlands: Inside Out’
Saturday 17th June 2017
The Summer Outing included a guided tour of Dun na Si Heritage Centre and Sculpture Park, Moate, Co. Westmeath, followed by a visit to Clara Visitor Centre, Co. Offaly, with an audio-visual presentation of the Clara Bog Preservation Project. We also visited St. Manchan’s Church, Boher, Co. Offaly which holds St. Manchan’s Shrine, a beautiful work of art built in about 1130 AD, which is the largest surviving medieval reliquary in Ireland. The trip was very successful and thank you to all members who attended.
SPECIAL EVENT- Wine tasting
Wednesday 31st May 2017 @ 6.30pm
La Cave Wine Bar, 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
La Cave held a wine-tasting evening with wines from Greece, Lebanon and Georgia, as part of their ongoing wine appreciation courses, which are held in their first-floor function room.
SPECIAL EVENT- Greek Orthodox Community of Ireland Annual Dinner Dance
Saturday 27th May 2017 @ 7.30pm – 2am
Location: Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, City West, Dublin
For more information on the Greek Orthodox Church in Dublin, please go to their facebook page:
LECTURE: Bram Stoker’s Life Story
Wednesday 19th April 2017
‘Bram Stoker and the Creation of Dracula’
Paul Murray, retired diplomat and author of ‘From the Shadow of Dracula: a life of Bram Stoker’ gave an excellent talk on Bram Stoker’s life which breaks new ground in Stoker studies.
Paul’s book is available for purchase on Amazon.
DATE: Saturday 25th March
LOCATION: Long Room Hub, TCD at 8.00pm
Yannis Ritsos: The Moonlight Sonata – a dramatisation performed by Marios lordanou and Sofia Kazantzian in TCD.
This year’s Greek National Day saw the world premiere in Dublin of a dramatisation by two superb actors of the Moonlight Sonata by Yannis Ritsos.
This was a world premiere, performed by the actors Mários Iordánou and his spouse Sofía Kazantzián, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised by the Hellenic Community of Ireland in conjuction with the Greek Embassy in Ireland and the Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin. The performance was in modern Greek, with a prior reading of the translation made by Marjorie Chambers and published by Goldsmith Press (an imprint of the poet Desmond Egan). Marjorie Chambers attended the performance.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Annual General Meeting
After our AGM meeting William Fagan showed some superb photographs which he took in Greece and (pre-civil war Syria. There was also a further opportunity to purchase some of Michael Barry’s books. Please see www.andalus.ie
Article 4(d) of the Constitution states that ‘at least one member of the Committee shall retire annually and shall not be eligible for re-election for at least one year’. Nominations, therefore, were welcomed for all positions on the Committee together with motions and proposals.
LECTURE: “From Al-Andalus to the Alhambra”
Wednesday 15th February
‘From al-Andalus to the Alhambra’
Michael Barry, Author of ‘Homage to al-Andalus, the Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain’, told the story of the rise and fall of al-Andalus, its rise to splendour and sophistication in the Iberian Peninsula.
Michael’s book is available for purchase on Amazon:
LECTURE: ‘People on the Move. Greece and the East Mediterranean after the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces’
Wednesday 18th January, 2017
An illustrated lecture was given by Dr. Christina Haywood, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Classics, UCD and Director of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Sunday 4th December, 2016
Once again, our Christmas Lunch was held in the festive atmosphere of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. It was a wonderful afternoon where we celebrated the end of a year of interesting lectures and the beginning of a brand new season of talks to come.
LECTURE: Is Dirty Archaeology Over? Greek Heritage in the Digital Age
Wednesday, 9th November, 2016
Dr. Costas Papadopoulos of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, gave an illustrated presentation on modern computer applications in Archaeology related to his work in Greece.
The Irish Hellenic Society and The Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin present
A Celebration of the 2400th Anniversary of Aristotle’s Birth
.Friday 21st October, 2016
This year’s very successful inaugural took place in Trinity College Dublin and focus on the subject of Aristotle’s life and works and the celebration of his 2400 birthday. Four speakers gave short presentations on various aspects of Aristotle’s immense contribution to humanity followed by a reception.
Paul Gregg: Aristotle’s Walk
Thomaë Kakouli-Duarte: Aristotle – Father of Biology
Eoghan Mac Aogáin: Aristotle’s Psychology
Fran O’Rourke: An Aristotelian Approach to the World
The American artist Paul Gregg’s exhibition Inductive Probability is on view until 23 October 2016 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, where he has lived since 1995, and is a lecturer at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology. His Aristotle’s Walk (2012) is a columnar structure, the focal point of a memorial garden situated in the central courtyard of St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise.
Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte is, like her famous forebear whose birth we are celebrating, from Macedonia in northern Greece. Following in Aristotle’s researches into parasitic nematodes, she is an international expert in the field of environmental nematology and one of the founding members and the current Director of enviroCORE, in the Institute of Technology, Carlow. There she researches innovative bio-environmental technologies with a view towards enhancing economic and social development in an environmentally friendly manner.
Eoghan Mac Aogáin studied philosophy at University College Dublin and psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He was a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Centre and subsequently Director of The Linguistics Institute of Ireland prior to his retirement. He has spoken to the Society on the Irish philosopher Iohannes Scottus Eriugena (c. 800–870) and, with his colleague Máire Nic Mhaoláin, recently edited a new Irish-English dictionary.
Fran O’Rourke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, has recently published a volume of essays entitled Aristotelian Interpretations. He will describe early personal experiences that inspired a distinctively Aristotelian approach to the world. He will explain why Aristotle was for James Joyce ‘the greatest philosopher of all time’.
LECTURE: Canals and Canal Boats
Wednesday, 12th October, 2016
Mr. Geoff Lovegrove gave a wonderful presentation on stories about the Dublin Canals and how they effect each and every one of us.
AUTUMN OUTING: 1916 Walking Tour
Saturday, 10th September, 2016
Our 1916 walking tour with historian Michael Barry to celebrate the centenary of the rising was a great success. The tour comprised of a stroll around central Dublin to look at some of the key areas of the Easter Rising in 1916.
Author and historian Michael Barry, studied in Trinity College, Dublin. He has worked on transportation projects both in Ireland and around the world. With a strong interest in history and heritage, Michael has written many books including ‘Victorian Dublin Revealed’, and recently, the acclaimed ‘Courage Boys, We are Winning, an Illustrated History of the 1916 Rising’.
Saturday 18th June 2016
Summer Outing to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Members are invited to travel to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford for our annual summer outing and will receive guided tours of Enniscorthy Castle and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre.
Enniscorthy Castle was built in the 13th century and contains exhibitions on several floors dedicated to the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Leinster, the 1916 Rebellion in Enniscorthy, and the famous artist and furniture maker, Eileen Gray, (1878-1976) who was born just outside the town. More recently the castle was home to the Roche family and we will see the children’s nursery and their drawing room complete with the original furniture and family photographs. On the roof top there are spectacular views of Enniscorthy town and Vinegar Hill. The castle has both staircases and a lift to all floors.
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre gives the history of the United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion and it includes a “state of the art 4D Battle of Vinegar Hill Experience”.
We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a very interesting outing.
For booking forms, membership enquiries and further tour information, please contact: email@example.com
Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 7.30pm
‘Greece and the Islands Grand Tour by Lord Charlemont in the 18th Century’
Lord Charlemont who built the Casino at Marino kept journals of his travels in the Eastern Mediterranean from 1749/80
By Michael Doyle Member
Wednesday 9th March 2015 at 7.00pm
Annual General Meeting and Book launch
Prior to the AGM at 7.00pm the Greek Ambassador,H.E. Mrs. Katia Georgiou launched ‘Sweet voiced Sappho’, a collection of ancient Greek poetry, translated by Theodore Stephanides and edited by Dr. Anthony Hirst.
The Annual General Meeting commenced at 8.00pm.
Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 7.30pm
‘Eriugena: Update on a famous 9thcentury Irish-Greek encounter’
John Scotus Eriugena is the most significant Irish intellectual in the early Monastic period that was appointed head of the Palace school at the court of Charles the Bald, Holy Roman Emperor and became a translator and admirer of Greek theology.
By Eoghan MacAogain, former director of the Linguistics Institute of Ireland.
Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 7.30pm
‘Roscrea’s Modern Heritage Story’
An illustrated presentation by George Cunningham, founder of Roscrea Heritage Society. Roscrea is one of Ireland’s oldest towns and has an unrivelled suite of Heritage buildings.
Our Christmas lunch took place in the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. A fantastic evening was had by all.
To mark WB Yeats 150th Anniversary year, Ms Stella G Mew, former CEO Yeats Society Sligo, gave a talk entitled ‘Willy and Lily and Lollie and Jack’’ which dealt with the Yeats siblings and their individual achievements and relationships to each other.
Dr. Sabine Ladstaetter, Director of Austrian Institute of Archaeology and Director of excavations at Ephesus delivered the annual Inaugural lecture entitled “Ephesos, Ancient Metropolis – Modern Excavation Enterprise – Touristic Attraction”
Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek in TCD, launched Richard Pine’s book
‘Greece through Irish Eyes’, based on his Irish Times column. Denis Staunton, deputy Editor of The Irish Times and David Givens, publisher, Liffey Press, also spoke. Richard worked for 25 years in Irish Broadcasting and is the author of many books on Irish culture. He now lives in Corfu.
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Autumn Outing to Kilruddery House & Gardens
For our first meeting of Autumn we arranged a guided tour of Kilruddery House and Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Kilruddery has been home to the Brabazon family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618. The House is one of the most successful Elizabethan-Revival mansions in Ireland and the Gardens are the oldest surviving in their original 17th century unique style.