Whaling Museum president’s lecture offers 4000-year overview of Ireland, Feb. 10

The Gap of Dunloe, a stunning mountain pass in County Kerry, is one of many views of Ireland in Whaling Museum president James Russell's 'Irish Experience' presentation Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7pm.

Whaling Museum president and CEO, James Russell, will take the podium for an entertaining presentation on his native Ireland on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. The illustrated talk will highlight that country’s great AHA! moments with a focus on early Irish art, history and architecture. The presentation will take a sweep through 4,000 years starting with Newgrange, perhaps the greatest extant example of Neolithic architecture in the world. See some of the best examples of manuscripts, metalwork and high crosses ever created. Celtic, Viking and Norman invasions of the country will be examined. Learn how a country absorbed successive waves of immigration from Scandinavia to Austria to Iberia. A renaissance of Irish art began with the introduction of Christianity thus creating a land of saints and scholars. If only it were so simple! Learn how the

Part of the AHA! Communities of New Bedford Lectures, The Irish Experience Series is sponsored in part by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Admission is free.

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