Turas na mBan
Celebrating the Journey of Women
Friday 12th October & Saturday 13th October, 2007
Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo
Hosted by Meitheal Mhaigheo Teo.
"Women's folklore tells us things that social strictures or psychological repression prevent women from otherwise saying - things at variance with the official ideal of culture. Narratives sometimes express ideas and feelings that would never emerge from a questionnaire or an interview, or they may express them more powerfully" (Rosan A Jordan, 1985).
The weekend will also include workshops on Samhain, Sean Nós Dancing, an Exhibition on the Clew Bay Folklore Project, Wine Tasting and Traditional Music.
The objective of the Conference is to celebrate the experiences of women in several contexts from pre-history to the present day. The reinterpretation of Irish history and history has produced volumes of work by academics on women's history and gender history over the past two decades. This conference is an "everyperson's" celebration of the contribution of women from the goddess to governance.
Refreshments on arrival, formal dinner on Friday night, full lunch on Saturday, all tea/coffee breaks- EUR175
Accommodation: A limited number of rooms are available at the Knockranny House Hotel at a special rate of EUR120 B&B (single occupancy) or EUR95 per person sharing. Tel 098-28600.
Enquiries: 094-9256745 or
Friday 12th October 2007
2.00pm Justin Sammon
CEO Meitheal Mhaigheo
Official Opening- Enda Kenny, T.D.
Leader, Fine Gael
2.30pm Mary O'Rourke, T.D.
A Political Journey
Mary O'Rourke, T.D.Elected to Dail Eireann May 2007. Appointed Leader of Seanad Eireann Sept 2002. Former Minister for Public Enterprise & Transport 1997-2002 and former teacher. First elected Nov 1982. Senator 1981-82. Former Seanad Spokesperson on Northern Ireland.
3.15pm Tea/ Coffee
3.30pm Dr.Ríonach Uí Ogain
Sorcha Ní Ghuairim- Traditional Singing
Ríonach uí Ógáin, MA, PhD (National University of Ireland) is a Senior Lecturer and Archivist with Irish Folklore. She has published numerous articles on traditional song and music and has lectured widely on the subject.
A short discussion period
6.30pm Wine tasting with Cabot and Co
8.00pm Conference Dinner
Knockranny House Hotel
Till late Traditional music
Saturday October 13th 2007
10.00am Dr Edel Breathnach
Abbess or Wife:Women in Medieval Ireland
Dr Edel Breathnach, 1992-2000 Tara Research Fellow, Discovery Programme. Published two volumes on Tara'Tara: a select bibliography' and (editor)'The kingship and landscape of Tara'. 2002 - with the Micheal O Cleirigh Institute UCD. At present national coordinator of the 'Louvain 400' celebrations and Project Manager in the Institute.
10.45am Mark Patrick Hederman, Glenstal Abbey
Creativity and the feminine
Mark Patrick Hederman, Glenstal Abbey, is a philosopher and monk. A founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag, he is also the author of The Haunted Inkwell, Art and our Future(The Columba Press) and the bestseller, Kissing the Dark(Veritas)
11.30a.m. Tea/ Coffee
12.00pm Dr Angela Bourke
Singing to the Dead: Women's Poetry of Lamentation
Professor Angela Bourke MRIA, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, is joint editor of The Field Day Anthology, vols 4&5:Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002) and author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story(1999) and Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker (2004).Her work includes several research articles on the Irish lament tradition.
1.00pm Steve Dunford
Steve Dunford, author, artist, musician, historian and retired banker, now lives in Killala, Co. Mayo. He is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed books: The Irish Highwayman, Killala: Aspects of its Heritage; A Stroll through Old Killala and In Humbert's Footsteps: Mayo 1798
A short discussion period
Scéalta Shamhna - Stories of Halloween
Sean Nos dancing