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Primary school webinar: St Brendan the Navigator

May 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am

| Free

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 and the local sites connected to him, to his famous travel adventures, this webinar is an introduction to the life and adventures of Kerry’s adventurous patron saint whose feast day is commemorated on the 16th of May.

Presenter: Claudia Köhler is the Education Officer at Kerry County Museum, Honorary Education Officer of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society & the Chairperson of the St Brendan
Heritage Committee, Fenit.

Duration: 30 minutes + Quiz and Q&A (45 minutes in total)

Suitable for: 3rd – 6th Class (older and younger pupils are more than welcome)

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

Date: Thursday May 16, 2023

Time: 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Cost: Free

Organizer: Education Support Centre Tralee and Kerry County Museum

Venue:   Online Via Zoom
You can register for this webinar via the Education Support Centre Tralee:



May 16
9:30 am - 10:15 am