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The next event in Waterford City & County Council’s Tionól na nDéise series of talks will take place in The Old Market House Arts Centre, Main Street

Dungarvan on Saturday, 22 April at 3.30pm. It is being organised as part of the weekend-long West Waterford Festival of Food, which will take place in Dungarvan and surrounding areas from the 21-23 April.

The guest speaker for this Tionól na nDéise will be Professor Patricia Lysaght, Emerita Professor of European Ethnology, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore. Professor Lysaght will speak on the theme of “Seachain an Teorainn: Bainne agus Táirgí Bainne um Bhealtaine [The Folklore & Traditions associated with Milk and Milk Products in May], examining the folklore relating to cows, milk and butter in the Irish tradition, including the eve of May Day and May Morning.

Patricia Lysaght is a native of Co. Clare and she has published ten books and more than one hundred research articles. Her book, The Banshee first published in 1986 has become a standard work, and the pocket version of the book, A Pocket Book of The Banshee, published in 1998, has been translated into Russian. Her academic background is in Law (Barrister-at-Law), Irish Language and Literature, and Irish and European Folklore and Ethnology. She is an elected member of the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture, Uppsala, Sweden, and of The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

Tionól na nDéise is a series of talks organised each year by the Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council and is being organised in conjunction with the organisers of the West Waterford Festival of Food, and forms part of a busy programme of events and activities in Dungarvan and West Waterford over the weekend. Therefore, all are welcome to attend this free event, Tionól na nDéise in The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan on Saturday, 22 April @ 3.30pm, where we will celebrate our rich Irish language culture and heritage.

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