16 May: St Brendan the Navigator – a webinar for primary schools

Saint Brendan the Navigator was born in Fenit, near Tralee around 500 AD. He founded a federation of monasteries in Ireland, but he is most famous for his legendary voyage across the North Atlantic in a simple wooden boat. Without the help of navigational instruments, he may have reached America 500 years before the Vikings and 1000 years before Christopher Columbus. His story seems to describe the sheep and seabirds of the Faeroe Islands, the volcanoes of Iceland, the icebergs of Greenland and the fog surrounding Newfoundland. His travel adventures were written down in monasteries all over Europe and soon became a major medieval bestseller.

From growing up in Fenit to his famous travel adventures, this webinar is an introduction to the life and adventures of Kerry’s adventurous seafaring Saint whose feast day is annually commemorated on the 16th May. You can register for this webinar via the Education Centre Tralee: https://www.edcentretralee.ie/cpd-courses-tralee-kerry/primary-courses/2754-23tra377-st-brendan-the-navigator-kerry-s-seafaring-patron-saint-3rd-to-6th-class.html

Presenter: Claudia Köhler is the Education Officer at Kerry County Museum and chairperson of the Saint Brendan Heritage Committee, Fenit.

Duration: 30 minutes + Quiz and Q&A

Suitable for: 3rd – 6th Class (all ages welcome)

Strand/ Unit: Stories/ Stories from the lives of people in the past

This webinar is part of a series of events in collaboration with the Education Support Centre Tralee, the Saint Brendan Heritage Committee in Fenit and the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society to commemorate Kerry’s seafaring saint.

By |May 15th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

International Museum Day 18 May: The Night Sky in Irish Folklore by Seán Mac an tSíthigh

Join us at Kerry County Museum on Thursday 18 May at 7:30pm for a fascinating talk by RTÉ journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh. Drawing from old manuscripts, Seán will explore aspects of the night sky in Irish folklore. While Greek and Roman traditions may dominate our perception of the constellations today, the Irish once had their own native understanding of the stars. In this talk old star-names, origin legends and folk-beliefs about the stars will be revealed, offering an imaginative rendering the night sky and a forgotten tradition. This is a free event to mark Bealtaine and International Museum Day but please note that places are limited and booking is required. The event is likely to sell out.

To book please call the Museum at 066 7127777. All museum’s galleries are spread out over three floors and can be accessed by elevator, if required. Please call us or email education@kerrymuseum.ie if you have any special requirements or would like to discuss the details of your visit in advance of the event.

By |May 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Bealtaine event 4 May: Curator’s Tour – Behind the Scenes of Kerry County Museum

Please join us at kerry County Museum on Thursday May 4 at 11:30am for a Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator Helen O’Carroll. Helen will reflect on some of the museum’s award-winning exhibitions and discuss the museum’s varied collection. This is a free Bealtaine event for Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society’s current and prospective members. If you are not a member yet but are curious about becoming one, why not come along on the day – all are welcome! All the museum’s galleries are spread out over three floors and can be accessed by elevator, if required. Please call the Museum at 066 712 7777 or email education@kerrymuseum.ie if you have any special requirements or would like to discuss the details of your visit in advance of the event.+ GOOGLE CALENDAR+ ICAL IMPORT

By |May 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

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