The Early Religion of Ireland: from Pagan to Christian with Mary Ann Eaton


  • $85.00  -  Member
  • $95.00  -  Non-Member


Eight Wednesdays, beginning September 30
from 3-5pm


The ancient Irish worshiped their divine through the unique practice of Druidism until Christianity began to be preached in the 5th century. In this course, we will look at Druidism in the life of the ancients; the uniqueness of the early Christian Church in Ireland along with some of its saints (Patrick, Brigid, Brendan); why monastic life at Clon MacNois, Michael Skellig, and Iona flourished and contributed much to society; and a glimpse into the beauty and uniqueness of Celtic Spirituality. Course readings are a combination of handouts (copy charge payable to instructor) and books ordered by students from online sources. The book list and syllabus will be emailed to registered students closer to start date.

This class meets in the Owl Hall on the main level of the Education Wing.


Course readings are a combination of handouts (small fee of approximately $10 payable to instructor) and books ordered by student from online sources. The booklist will be emailed to registered students.


The safety of our students, teachers, patrons, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. A number of adjustments have been put in place to keep everyone safe for in-person classes at the Cultural Center. We are disinfecting public spaces frequently and have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. To ensure the safety of those around you, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and in other ways follow CDC guidelines while at the Cultural Center. Thank you!

Mary Ann Eaton has a BA in English from Regis College, Weston, MA and has attended University College Cork, in Cork City, Ireland, where she concentrated her studies in Irish and Celtic literature Ancient Mythological tales and medieval literature is of special interest, and her study in Ireland awakened a passion for the depth and richness of this Celtic country that she enthusiastically wishes to share with others.  CLASSES OFFERED: * Introduction to Irish Literature * The Portrayal of Women in Irish Literature * 19th & 20th Century Irish Plays * The Early Religion of Ireland: From Pagan to Christian * Wild About Wilde ! * Irish Myths & Sagas.

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