SUN 10 JULY 2016 / MIDDAY
The Main Guard, Sarsfield Street
Curated by Kathy Scott
A conversation exploring the pull of the Otherworld; In Celtic mythology, the Otherworld is the realm of the dead and the home of the deities and other powerful spirits. We want to cast some light on the shadowy realms that have inhabited the psyche through story, music, performance and conversation. This event is inspired by the local story of Bridget Cleary -“the last witch burned in Ireland”, immortalised in a children’s rhyme: “Are you a witch or are you a fairy, Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?”.
Join Angela Bourke, author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story, visual artist Alice Maher and Manchán Magan in conversation about the role of folklore and superstition in Irish tradition, and whether or not belief in the existence of a parallel fairy world still influences the Irish imagination today. We will be joined by musical guests Linda Buckley and Laura Sheeran.