Bard Summer School & Festival 2016

6th to 10th July 2016

Bard Summer School explores the Irish myths and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance. All of these myths have lasted thousands of years and have been handed down through Ireland’s oral tradition. There is a place for everyone on the school and Bard has welcomed participants from all over the world.

The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where we experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island. Clare Island is the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). It provides a backdrop of megalithic tombs, holy wells and a 12th century Cistercian Abbey.

This years theme:

Exploring the contemporary relevance of spreading the Cloak of the Feminine

Myths of Ireland
1916 and 2016

The myths of Ireland were evoked in the cultural movement leading up to

The chosen myths were the masculine, heroic, warrior myths, in particular
the Táin and the Cú Chulainn story

Brigid: The Triple Goddess

We will explore the forgotten Feminine Figures in this year’s Bard Summer
School especially the Triple Goddess Brigid and her healing cloak

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