Bethlehem Celtic Reading Group

About the Celtic Classic

Celtic Epics:  The Táin Bó Cúailnge, The Mabinogion, and Ossian.
Dates: 3rd Thursday February thru July (02/15, 03/15, 04/19, 05/17, 05/21, 06/21, 07/19)

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE – Limited to 15 particpants
Location: Braveheart Highland Pub and Restaurant, 430 Main St, Hellertown, PA 18055

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The Celtic Reading group will return to its Celtic origins this year as we explore epic poetry from three Celtic nations: Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.  Although none of these long poems is an epic in the strictest literary definition (descended from the ancient Greeks), each is an important text in articulating the cultural values of the people who recorded it.  The word “epic” has thus been attached to all three texts.

The Táin Bó Cúailnge, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley, tells the story of the long war the Red Branch knights of Ulster and the armies of Connaught fought over possession of a prized bull. The Mabinogion is a collection of heroic tales that includes some of the earliest Arthurian legends. Ossian is shorthand for James Macpherson’s “discovered” ancient Gaelic tales of the Fenian bard Ossian. We will read all three in English, in print or digitally.

Taking place in the upstairs of the Braveheart Pub, the Celtic reading group will enjoy delving deeper into their reading in a fun, social atmosphere. Attendees can purchase items at the pub and bring them upstairs to enjoy as the literature is discussed. 

Facilitator Joel Wingard is a retired (Emeritus, fwiw) Professor of English from Moravian College, where he taught British and Irish literature. He has traveled to Ireland many times, attending the W.B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo in 1990, and leading study tours to Ireland in 1995 and 1999.

Books are purchased independently. Here are recommended links:

Tain bo Cuailnge:


Ossianic poems

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