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Aristophanes' Knights at The Orchard Yard
The Greek flag was hoisted to the mast for the eighth production of the Orchard Yard Players while the company implored the Olympians to hold off their threats of rain, at least until after 6p.m. Zeus obliged, no doubt in deference to the appearance of our guest of honour Meg The Goat, mascot of the Milk Wood Theatre, and the smiling faces of political candidates around the set. The wizardry of Orla Coffey’s sounds illustrated the proceedings; the Knights of Attica came in to the strains of Der Koniggratzer Marsch , and from there on Aristophanes’ story of political shenanigans in 424 BC was accompanied by sounds as diverse as Status Quo, Fr Jack Hackett, the Soggy Bottom Boys, and Dylan Thomas. We saw Cleon reduced from overweening potentate to selling sausages outside the city gates, while Demos was boiled in a pot and rejuvenated before our eyes. Proceedings adjourned for tea, and slán mar a n-instear é, just after 6 o’clock, down came the rain!

Patrick J. Ryan

Autumn-Winter Programme 2017

Classes in Latin and Greek
are about to resume
Please contact Mr. Patrick Ryan for further details:  p.strepsiades@gmail.com or mobile 087 2391862

Please note (except where specified) all lectures will take place in the
Limerick Education Centre
Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road

October
Date: Saturday, 14th at 2.30pm
Venue: The Orchard Yard, Foxhall, Newport
Event: A Play-Reading of 'Octavia'. All are welcome

Date: Wednesday, 18th at 4pm
Speaker: Prof. G. Huxley
Venue: Dept. of Classics, NUI Maynooth
Title: ‘Sappho and the Aeolian Aristocracy’

Date: Wednesday, 25th at 8pm
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Potter, author and archivist
Title: ‘Roman Britain 43 - 410 A.D.

November
Date: Wednesday, 8th at 8pm
Speaker: Mr. Patrick Ryan, M. Litt.
Title: 'Roman stereotypes of the Greeks, from Cato the Censor to Cicero'

Date: Friday, 24th
Speaker: Dr. Carmel McCallum-Barry (UCC)
Venue: UCD, Belfield.
Title: TBA

Date: Wednesday, 29th at 8pm
Speaker: Dr. Joachim Fischer (Dept of Languages and Humanitites., UCL)
Title: 'Utopias - Classical and Modern'


Spring-Summer Programme 2017

Language Classes
Our Latin and Greek language group are continuing to meet at Limerick Education Centre, Dooradoyle, on Mondays from 4 to 6pm until the end of May.
New members are welcome to join at any time, and classes are free of charge
For further information. contact: Patrick J Ryan, Course Tutor; 087 2391862

February
Date: Wednesday, 8th
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Potter, (Limerick City & Co. Council Archives)
Title: 'Byzantium's greatest Ruling Family: the Macedonian Dynasty, 867-1256 A.D.

Date:Wednesday, 22nd
Speaker:Mr. Gerald O'Carroll (Author and Historian)
Title: 'Charles Graves of Limerick, Classical Scholar (1812-1899)

March
Date: Wednesday, 22nd
Speaker: Mr. Patrick Ryan, M.Litt.
Title: ‘Iudaei nos Nazarenos appellant: the early Christian Church and its Jewish  Heritage.’

April
Date: Wednesday, 5th
Speaker: Ms. Paula Keane (ex-Croom N. S.)
Title: 'The Hunt in Ancient Greece'

June
Date: Saturday, 17th
Venue: The Orchard Yard, Newport
Leader: Mr. Patrick Ryan, M.Litt.
p.strepsiades@gmail.com
Event: Play Reading
Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Autumn-Winter Programme 2016


Limerick Education Centre
Autumn 2016
Beginners' Classes in Latin and Greek
Start Dates:
Latin: Monday September 26th
Greek: Tuesday September 27th
Classes take place from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. at Marshal House, Dooradoyle

No previous knowledge required; classes are free of charge to participants
For further information. contact: Patrick J Ryan, Course Tutor; 087 2391862

September
Date: Saturday, 17th at 3pm
Venue: The Orchard Yard, Newport
Event: A reading of Heaney's Aeneid 6

October
Date: Thursday, 20th
Speaker: Prof. George Huxley (Classics Dept., NUI Maynooth)
Title: ‘Stesichorus as an Epic Poet

November
Date: Wednesday, 9th
Speaker: Ms. Paula Keane (ex-Croom N.S.)
Title: 'An Introduction to Dogs in Ancient Greece and Rome'

Date: Wednesday, 30th
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Ware (Classics Dept., UCC)
Title: 'Spectacular Justice: Rufinus in the Arena'

December
Date: Wednesday, 7th
Speaker: Patrick Ryan, M.LIitt.
Title: 'Christianity and Classical Culture in the 4th Century A.D.'

Spring-Summer Programme 2016


Language Courses at Limerick Education Centre, Final Term 2015/16
Latin Advanced: Mondays, April 4 & 18, May 2, 16 & 30
Greek Advanced: Tuesdays, April 5 & 19, May 3, 17 & 31

Latin Beginners: Mondays, Mondays, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23
Greek Beginners: Tuesdays, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24

Latin Beginners: Mondays, Jan 4, Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 22, Mar 7, Mar 21
Greek Beginners: Tuesdays, Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 23, Mar 8, Mar 22

Latin Advanced: Mondays, Jan 11, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 29, Mar 14
Greek Advanced: Tuesdays, Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Mar 1, Mar 15

January

Date: Wednesday, 27th
Speaker: Ms. Paula Keane, (ex-Croom N.S.)
Title: 'The Historia Hollandiae comitum et icones of Adrianus Barlandus, 1585', (Barlandus's History of the Counts of Holland, with Images) Part 1

February

Date: Wednesday, 3rd
Speaker: Ms. Paula Keane, (ex-Croom N.S.)
Title: 'The Historia Hollandiae comitum et icones of Adrianus Barlandus, 1585', (Barlandus's History of the Counts of Holland, with Images) Part 2

March
Date: Wednesday, 2nd
Speaker: Dr. Frank Flanagan (ex-Dept. of Education, M.I.C.)
Title: ‘Socrates, Confucius, and the Majesty of the Law.’

April
Date: Thursday, 7th
Speaker: Dr. Shane Wallace (School of Classics, T.C.D.)
Title: 'Afterlives: Alexander the Great in the Hellenistic and Roman Empires'

Autumn-Winter Programme 2015

Limerick Education Centre
Autumn 2015
Beginners' Classes in Latin and Greek
Start Dates:
Latin: Monday September 28th
Greek: Tuesday September 29th
Classes take place from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. at Marshal House, Dooradoyle

No previous knowledge required; classes are free of charge to participants
For further information. contact: Patrick J Ryan, Course Tutor; 087 2391862

Latin Beginners:     Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 14
Latin Advanced:     Sept 7, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 23, Dec 7
Greek Beginners:   Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 27, Dec 1, Dec15
Greek Advanced:   Sept 8, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 24, Dec 8

September
Date: Wednesday, 30th
Branch AGM

October
Date: Wednesday, 7th
Speaker: Ms Jennifer O'Donoghue (Cork Branch)
Title: ‘Caesarea, Queen of the Sea’

Date: Wednesday, 28th
Speaker: Dr Matthew Potter (Limerick City Archivist)
Title: 'A History of Carthage, 814 to 146 B.C.'

Spring-Summer Programme 2015


Language Courses at Limerick Education Centre, Final Term 2014/15
Latin Advanced:     Mar 23, Apr 20, May 11, May 18
Greek Beginners:   Mar 31, Apr 14, Apr 28, May 12, May 26
Greek Advanced:   Mar 24, Apr 13, Apr 21, May 5, May 19

February
Date: Wednesday, 4th
Speaker: Patrick Ryan, M.Litt. (CAI Limerick Branch)
Title: 'erant qui metu mortis mortem precarentur' (There were people who, out of fear of death, prayed that they might die.): the collections from Pompeii and Herculaneum in the National Archaelogical Museum of Naples

March
Date: Wednesday, 4th
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Potter (Limerick Museum & Archives)
Title: ‘The Ptolemies: 305-30 B.C.’

Date: Wednesday, 25th
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Finnegan (Literary Editor & Proof-reader)
Title: 'The eastern and 'curious' collections of Richard Pococke (1704-1765)

April
Date: Wednesday, 15th
Speaker: Prof. George Huxley (T.C.D.)
Title: ‘War and Exile in the Poetry of Alcaeus

Date: Friday, 24th
Speaker: Dr. John Curran (Dept. of History, Queen's University, Belfast)
Title: 'ius vitae necisque (the right of life and death) and the politics of killing children'

June
Ευριπίδη \Εκάβη



Date: Saturday, 6th at 3pm
Venue: The Orchard Yard, Newport
Play: Euripides' Hekabe


Autumn-Winter Programme 2014

October
Date: Wednesday, 8th
Speaker: Prof. Matthew Potter (Dept. of History, Mary I. College)
Title: “The First Emperor: marking the 2,000th Anniversary of the Death of Augustus”

November
Date: Wednesday, 5th
Speaker: Dr. Frank Flanagan  (ex-Dept. of Education, Mary I. College)
Title: ‘Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy’

Date: Wednesday, 26th
Speaker: Clodagh Lynch (CAI Limerick)
Title: ‘A Collector's Roman Coins’


Spring-Summer Programme 2014

February
Date: Wednesday, 19th
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Smith (UCD)
Title: “Cyrene”, a Greek city in Africa”

Date: Tuesday, 25th at 8pm
Event: The Annual Limerick Branch Dinner
Location: Unicorn Restaurant, Dooradoyle, Limerick
Subscription: €22
Organiser: Ms Rose D'arcy, No 1 Dooradoyle Rd, Limerick. Tel: 061 228692.
Rose would like to gather details of numbers attending by the 18th inst.  if possible.

March
Date: Wednesday, 19th
Speaker: Br. Colmán Ó Clabaigh O.S.B., PhD., (Glenstal Abbey)
Title: ‘Monks and their Books, in late Medieval Ireland’

April
Date: Wednesday, 2nd
Speaker: Mr. Tony O’Sullivan (CAI Limerick)
Title: ‘Travels in Roman Istria’

The adult classes in Greek and Latin have resumed at the Limerick Education Centre.
For further information on the Greek classes, contact Patrick Ryan, 087 2391862
p.strepsiades@gmail.com; on the Latin classes, contact Tom Seaver 087 7912347 walshseaver@eircom.net.


Autumn-Winter Programme, Michaelmas Term 2013


September
Date: Wednesday, 25th September
Time: 8pm
Annual General Meeting

October
Date: Wednesday,  16th October
Time: 8pm
Speaker: Dr Frank Flanagan (Dept. of Education, Mary Immaculate College)
Title: ‘Quintilian and the Education of the Orator’

November
Date: Thursday,  14th November
Time: 8pm
Speaker: Prof. G.L.Huxley (formerly of Queens University Belfast)
Title: ‘Early Greece in the Historical Thought of Thucydides’

December
Date: Wednesday,  27th November
Time: 8pm
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Potter (Dept. of History, University of Limerick)
Title: ‘The Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.)



Adult Classes in Latin and Greek
These classes will take place in the Limerick Education Centre (LEC), Marshall House, Dooradoyle Road
They will recommence as follows:

Latin
Date: Monday,  16th September
Tutor: Mr. Tom Seaver walshseaver@eircom.net

Greek
Date: Tuesday,  24th September
Tutor: Mr. Patrick Ryan p.strepsiades@gmail.com

For further information on these classes, please contact the tutors.

Tom Seaver
Branch Secretary










General Information on Events

All events take place in the Limerick Education Centre (LEC), Marshall House, Dooradoyle Road.

Tel. 061 585600

All visitors and New Members welcome!

 
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