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We have received approval from The Mid-America Region to host the following Pittsburgh Feisanna

West Virginia Feis - March 27

Tessie Burke Reel Feis - July 17

Tessie Burke Jig Feis - July 18

Pittsburgh Feis - September 25

Pittsburgh Fall Feis - September 26

Pittsburgh Winter Feis - December 26

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Celtic Fling Feis - June 26 in Manheim PA - go to PaRenFaire.com for updates!

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 He returned to Ireland in his mid-forties with a group of people that included family members and spent the next twenty-five years there until his death. His mission was to gain the adherence of existing Christians in Ireland – mainly slaves and refugees - to the rule of the Roman church and to ensure that new converts among the indigenous Irish community also accepted the claim of the Roman church to be “the one true church of God”.

The course will examine the historical context of his mission in Ireland. This includes a review of the development of Irish society prior to his arrival; the history of Christianity, particularly in England and Ireland; an examination of the crises in the Roman Empire; and the major social and political events in western Europe impacting the situation in Ireland in the fourth to sixth centuries A.D. The course will also examine the strategies employed by Saint Patrick to achieve his mission, the specifics of his achievements, and the role played by some of his siblings.

A special part of the course will be an examination of the writings of Saint Patrick: the “Confessio” and a “Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

To enroll, email seanmurphy630@gmail.com  Course fee: $80

Famous people from Kerry include: Michael Collins, Mother Jones, Saint Finbarr, Richard “Boss” Croker, George Boole, Annie Moore, Henry Ford, Rory Gallagher, Sonia O’Sullivan, Una Palliser, Christy Ring, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Jack Doyle, Sam Maguire, Niall Toibin, Seán Ó Faoláin, Sarah Greene.

According to local folklore the first foot was planted on Irish soil at Dún na mBarc (the place of the boat) on the shores of Bantry Bay in 2680 BC. The Corcu Loígde, meaning Gens of the Calf Goddess, were a kingdom centered in West County Cork who descended from the proto-historical rulers of Munster, the Dáirine, of whom they were the central royal sept.

Cork city was originally a monastic settlement founded by Saint Finbarr in the 6th century. Vikings attacked the monastery there in 820. Keyser’s Hill, leading to the south bank of the Lee, close to the South Gate Bridge—is the only place in Cork that still has a Viking name.

The town of Baltimore was depopulated in 1631 in a slave capture raid by Barbary pirates from either Algeria or Salé (Morocco). On 26 June 1644 Lord Inchiquin decreed the expulsion of the Irish and Catholic population of Cork from the city. Fastnet Rock is known as "Ireland's Teardrop” because it was the last part of Ireland that 19th century Irish emigrants saw as they sailed away.

The Lusitania was a British ship that was sunk by a German U-boat (U-20) on the 7th of May 1915. The Sinn Fein Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney died October 1920 after 74 days on hunger strike. Cork Republicans were to the forefront of the Irish War of Independence. Michael Collins was ambushed and assassinated in his home county of Cork at Béal na Bláth in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War. County Cork has two areas where the Irish language is the first language – Muskerry and Cape Clear Island

To enroll, email seanmurphy630@gmail.com  Course fee: $80