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Armada Lectures

  • Spanish Armada Visitor Centre The Courthouse Grange, County Sligo, F91HX30 Ireland (map)

A series of lectures relating to the Spanish Armada and Sligo, and more general lectures on local history. Details of speakers to be confirmed. An unbeatable price for a fascinating insight into maritime history.

PRICE: €10

Lecture 1:  A Review of De Cuéllar’s Carta-A stranger in a strange land. 

This talk will revisit some passages of  De Cuellar’s Carta, seen from the perspective of another Spaniard who, reading his letter over four hundred years later, is able to understand very well what his troubled compatriot experienced in the North West in 1588.

Presenter: Juan Manuel Real Espinosa: Lecturer at the Sligo Institute of Technology. Juan has a degree in Hispanic Linguistics and Literature from the University of Seville, and a Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of La Rioja.

Lecture 2:  Hugh Allingham and "Captain Cuellar's Adventures": preparation, publication and opposition 1895-1897.

This talk will focus on the background to the publication in 1897 of Hugh Allingham’s Captain Cuellar’s Adventures in Connacht and Ulster.

Presenter: Daniel McCall: Teacher of History in grammar and comprehensive schools in Belfast and Inspector of History for 23 years in the Department of Education, Northern Ireland. Since the 1970s Dan has a particular interest in the history of the 1588 Spanish Armada and is visiting Grange for the first time.

Lecture 3: The Lost Armada Figurehead From Streedagh: a re-assessment.

This talk will focus on what is known about the figurehead when it was in Sligo at the end of the 19th century, and will explore new information obtained from archival sources in Belfast and Sligo.

Presenter Daniel McCall (see above)  

Lecture 4: Mythology in County Sligo and some of its medieval scribes.

This talk explores a number of stories and also examines the numerous manuscripts and scribes associated with them. This includes the Book of Ballymote, the Great Book and Yellow Book of Lecan and the Annals of the Four Masters.

Presenter: Sam Moore is a lecturer in Archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. His main interest lies in the landscape and human interaction with it; and the biography or ‘life-history’ of monuments including how mythology and folklore plays a role in the cultural landscape.

Armada Lectures 2018 - photo Charlie Brady

Armada Lectures 2018 - photo Charlie Brady

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Earlier Event: September 20
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