Event Date: February 16, 2017
2017 Celtic Reading Group

2017 Celtic Reading Group

Third Thursday Monthly, February through July
6:30 – 8:00pm
McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub – 2nd Floor
534 Main Street
Bethlehem PA, 18018

Introducing the Celtic Reading Group for 2017! Our theme is "Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History". Join us on this rollicking ride! Please note: the reading group is free of charge, but registration is required.

At a time when women were expected to marry and have children and be seen but not heard, these women broke the rules. They were writers, politicians, pirates, healers, artists, warriors and revolutionaries. In addition to famous names such as Greer Garson, Queen Maeve, and Countess Constance Markiewicz, there were many little-known but colorful characters who have fascinating stories.

We will start with an overview of some of the women in Marian Broderick's anthology "Wild Irish Women". Then we will take a more in-depth look at Grace O'Malley, or Granuaile, the 16th century "pirate queen" who stood up to Queen Elizabeth I.

The group will meet the third Thursday of every month, February through July, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Great Room at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub, 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Reading material will include background information from Wikipedia and three books, all readily available in paperback from online booksellers:

  • Marian Broderick. "Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History". Dublin, O'Brien, 2001. ISBN 9780299195847
  • Anne Chambers. "Granuaile: Grace O'Malley-Ireland's Pirate Queen". Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2009. ISBN 780717145829.
  • Morgan Llywelyn. "Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas". New York, Crown, 1986. ISBN 9780517559512.

For more information, Beth Barry at bbarry@celticfest.org or Joel Wingard at jwpgh4660@gmail.com.