Discovering Ancient Ireland: The Folklore and the Facts with Jennifer Carbery

Discovering Ancient Ireland: The Folklore and the Facts with Jennifer Carbery


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Join us for a journey across the Irish countryside –– contextualizing magical tales of enchanted fairy-forts, witch-hunts, and warrior battles on-site of locations where they actually existed. Wandering the haunted castles and tombs of Ireland’s fiercest tribes, saints, and spirits we will learn about the real-life landscapes and towns where these larger-than-life legends once ruled. 

Exploring legends older than the Arthurian collection, inspired by the Norse and the Celts, we will gaze at the Celtic stone crosses which taught the early teachings of Christianity, hieroglyphics that marked the ancient calendar of the year, standing stones (think beyond Stonehenge) that screamed the name of the rightful kings, and tomb chambers which acted as liminal spaces between the world of the living and the dead. Join us to unravel the stories behind the stones of Ireland's Ancient East.

We’ll also explore the landmark sites such as:

  • The Village of Kells, where the book was penned
  • The famous passage tomb of Newgrange
  • The Hill of Tara, home to the High Kings
  • Lough Crew, where witches once created challenges for rulers of the island
  • Additional iconic prehistoric and medieval monuments along the way

Led by an archaeologist, anthropologist, and lover of stories, Jennifer Carbery, this interactive seminar will explore a selection of Ireland’s most intriguing heritage sites -- explaining both their historical importance and the legends that they have inspired. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an insight into the culture and folklore of some of Ireland’s most magical and mysterious destinations and villages.

Jennifer works with historical research around Ireland's complex history. She studied Anthropology and History as a mature student and upon completion she worked in Archaeology; digging the land for treasure. She has her own business providing research and content for historic sites, events, and radio. She teaches, assesses, and trains students, guides, and learners in history. She has written several apps for tours within Ireland.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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