Please find below details of forthcoming lectures and related events, which we support. The lectures will be held as usual in the United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 at 7.30pm. Parking in the area is free after 7.00pm.
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Irish-Hellenic Society – lectures and events January to June 2020
Wednesday 15 January 2020
Paddy Sammon will give an illustrated talk on:
“Parallel lives: Brendan Behan and Samuel Beckett: Dublin – Paris – Athens”
These two Dubliners, from vastly different circles in Irish Society, became world famous in their own lifetimes for their mould-breaking plays, each in his own way. In Athens, the birthplace of the theatre and home to 150 theatrical stages, more than any other city in the world, their names live on: Brendan Behan’s, for a play he originally penned in Irish, but especially for a song he wrote as a boy; and Samuel Beckett’s, as the author of the most frequently translated and performed works by any foreign playwright.
This will be followed by the celebration of the cutting of the Vassilopitta. All are welcome!
Wednesday 12 February
Drs Christina and Eric Haywood will give an illustrated talk on:
“Landscapes, sites and monuments of Macedonia, from antiquity to the modern age.
The lecture will be based on the Haywood’s tour of Macedonia in 2018 and will showcase aspects of the excellent work done by the Greek Ministry of Culture for the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the region. The talk will include remembrances from the tour led by Christina in 1992 in which a number of members of the Society participated.
Wednesday 11 March
Annual General Meeting (Members only)
Wednesday 15 April
Dr. Margaret Desmond will give an illustrated talk on:
Ancient Rome reimagined as a ‘fire regime’.
In this talk, the ancient city of Rome is re-imagined as an urban fire regime. Using this concept from modern fire science, the way in which periodic fires (460 BC to AD 410) reshaped Rome in terms of architecture and technology, history and politics can be illustrated. Fires acted as a catalyst for change, were used to shape the streetscape, and allowed leaders to build in their own image and likeness. Fire – and the threat of fire – also had an effect on the social and psychological well- being of the citizens; although the written sources are largely silent about the loss and trauma resulting from fires, a glimpse of this human experience can be seen in contemporary comparisons.
Saturday 20 June – Summer Outing to Birr Castle – Depart Dublin at 9.00 am sharp
We travel to Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly for our summer Outing. Birr Castle is a very impressive Gothic style castle set in formal grounds and is still the family home of Lord and Lady Rosse, descendants of the Parsons family who have been there since 1620. We will be given guided tours of the Castle’s main reception rooms, the historic Science Centre, the Great telescope and award winning gardens in the Demesne. The tour will also give some information on the newly built I-LOFAR telescope.
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Additionally, the following events may also be of interest:-
From Tuesday 4 February in the Gate Theatre
Euripides Medea, in a new version by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks, which sees the tragedy through the eyes of the two children of Medea and Jason
Sunday 23 February: 11.a.m to 4p.m. at CHQ, 1 Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
The Fourth Greek Business and Arts Festival. The Festival has been growing by leaps and bounds since it was first held in the Chester Beatty in 2016. The CHQ is a superb venue, and those attending will be able to avail of a special 50% rate to visit the EPIC Museum – the Irish Emigration Museum. It was voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction in 2019.