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Storyteller Susan Gallagher Explores Ancient Irish Tales
8/4/2011
The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies will present “Intersection and Illumination: New Insight into Ancient Irish Tales,” an evening of traditional Irish storytelling with Susan Gallagher. The event will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 on the UST campus in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon.

The ancient myths of pre-Christian Ireland, which were written down by Christian monks in early medieval times, include the earliest vernacular literature in Europe. Treasured for their rich language, vivid characters, captivating stories and gripping examinations of such universal themes as love, honor and the cost of war, these enduring tales are also valuable for the light they shed on the culture and customs of the people who created them. In this lecture, Susan Gallagher will tell and examine stories from the Mythological Cycles in historical context, drawing from archeological, literary, legal and numismatic sources.

Gallagher believes that stories have the ability to heal, enlighten and transform, and that a tale spoken aloud in a face to face encounter between teller and listener has a particular power. She grew up listening to traditional tales in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York in an Irish-American family in which the beauty of language was deeply valued. She has performed and has presented workshops in schools, libraries, museums and festivals. Before Susan began telling, she practiced law and was involved in a variety of social justice work.

The event is free and open to the public. First-come, first-served, no RSVP required. Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or irishstudies@stthom.edu for more information.

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