Friday, March 30, 2007, 7 PM, Mr. Caimin O'Brien, an archeologist with the Irish Government (Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government) will speak at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Mr. O'Brien is a Trinity College graduate.
In his slide presentation and lecture, Mr. O'Brien covers the family background, social status, and roles of saints, such as St. Patrick, St. Columcille of Durrow and Iona, St. Ciarn of Clonmacnoise and others. What became of the Druids? How were their symbols and teachings absorbed? Why did the rulers of a pagan Ireland give up their belief in an established religion to (rather quickly) turn to the new religion? What lead to the rise of Monastic orders and monasteries?
Mr. O'Brien has an extensive slide presentation of historical documents, landscape archeology, historic buildings, art and poetry. Images of ruined monasteries, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts (think Book of Kells), religious carvings and stonework are part of the explanation of the ancient process of the evolving of religion, which created the world of the round towers made so famous by the popular book, "How the Irish Saved Civilization."
Mr. O'Brien has had rave notices from his earlier appearances. You will want to get there
early for a good seat. Tickets are $8.00 per person at the door. Need more information, join them on the web at www.azirish.org or call at 602-258-0109.
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