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Summer School 2018

Entertaining the Masses
August 17th – 19th, 2018
Queen's University Belfast

The Belfast Branch of the Classical Association in Northren Ireland welcomes you all to our Summer Conference 2018, to be held at Queen's University Belfast.

All activities will take place in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast.

You will find a link to the brochure and registration form here. This document contains details on the ticket price as well as the booking form and pertinent information.

For further information please contact

Useful Information:


Stranmillis College,
Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5DY
A limited number of single, ensuite rooms have been reserved for the summer school costing £38 per night B&B. Please contact Joanne Gribbin on tel: 028 9038 4377 or email:

Duke’s at Queen’s Hotel
65-67 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL
Tel 028 9023 6666,

Ibis Belfast Queen’s Quarter
75 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL
Tel 028 9033 3366,

Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queen’s Quarter
106a University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP
Tel 028 9031 1909,

If calling from the Republic of Ireland, replace 028 with 048.

Religious Services:

St Francis Church
Liberty Street, Cork
Sat. 6.30pm vigil; Sun. 7am, 9am, 10.30am, 12pm

St Brigid’s
40 Derryvolgie Avenue, BT9 6FP
Vigil Mass: 6pm Saturday
Sunday Masses: 9am, 10.30am and 12 noon

Fisherwick Presbyterian Church
4 Chlorine Gardens, BT9 5DJ

St Thomas’s Church of Ireland
1A Eglantine Avenue, BT9 6DW

Moravian Church
1a University Road, BT7 1RY
Sunday service, 11am


Friday, 17th of August


Registration & Reception


CAI Annual General Meeting


Official Opening by Dr John Curran, School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philioophy, Queen's University Belfast.


Keynote Lecture: Natalie Haynes
‘Honour Among Thebes’


Saturday, 18th of August


CAI Central Council Meeting


"Classics and Modern Culture: in conversation with Natalie Haynes"


Coffee/Tea break


Lecture: Prof Helen Lovatt
'Fun and Games in Ancient Epic'




Lecture: Dr Cressida Ryan
'Why is tragedy entertaining?'


Lecture: Barry Trainor
(Queens University Belfast)
‘Dungeons and Hydra: Board gaming in Ancient Greece’


Coffee/Tea break


Lecture: Helen McVeigh
‘Who read the ancient novels?’




Annual Dinner of the Association
Canada Room, Lanyon Building, QUB


Sunday, 19th of August


Outing - Medieval and Monastic Ireland
(conducted by Irish Monastic Tours)

Please note that the bus will depart from the main gates of Queen’s University at 10.00am sharp. Participants will return to Queen’s University at 5pm.

Price includes lunch at Paddy’s Barn, Saul, Downpatrick (

We will visit:

  • Nendrum, the monastic settlement at Nendrum on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough was believed to have been established by St Mochaoi (better known as Coalán) in the 5th Century AD, with links to St Patrick. It is one of the bestpreserved monastic cashel structures in Ireland.

  • Inch Abbey, where the story of St Patrick and the snakes was recorded

  • Historic Downpatrick to uncover St Patrick’s legacy and see the High Cross in Down County Museum

  • Down Cathedral and the traditonal site of St Patrick’s Grave

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