Lecture on Irish History at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield on October 2


The following announcement is from the Gaelic American Club:

Na Croch na Cearca! (Don’t Hang the Hens!) An exploration of early Irish life and law.

FAIRFIELD, CT – Brehon Law is the body of ancient native Irish law which was generally operational in Gaelic areas until the completion of the English conquest of Ireland in the early 17th century. During the time of Elizabeth I, the Brehon laws were outlawed and English common law was introduced. Although part of oral tradition and of unknown age, the Brehon laws were first written down on parchment in the 7th century and were named after the Brehons (na breithimh) who acted as interpreters of the law when they were called. This code of law conveys so much about the character of early Irish life – its hierarchy, the centrality of agriculture and animal husbandry, the relationship to land and property, marriage and the education of children, illness and recovery – among other aspects of life. Una McGillicuddy will discuss some of the principles upon which the Brehon Laws were founded along with examples that will surprise, delight and probably confuse! Her main interest is in exploring what was meaningful to these living men and women and what, if anything, we can learn from them and apply to our own lives and times.

Una McGillicuddy is originally from Dublin where she studied Irish and Classical Civilization at Trinity College. She has lived in New York since 1985, teaching Irish with Daltai na Gaeilge and other language immersion events.

Sunday, October 2, 2022
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
American Gaelic Club
74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
Sorry, we cannot accept GAC script or credit cards

Help us plan seating and refreshments by registering in advance. Register online at: [email protected] Subject: Irish History. Please provide name, address, phone and email.

Sponsored by:
Feile, Inc.

Hosted by:
Fréamh Éireann Genealogy & Linguistic Groups GAC


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