The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi is becoming ever more popular in the West. With its slow, gentle movements, it is an excellent way of promoting physical and mental well-being. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, it helps to foster a “relaxed body, quiet mind, contented spirit.” Beginners and improvers welcome.
For new students we will have a brief introduction to European Art. We will then look at the ‘other world’ of Japanese art, Ireland of the 19th Century as shown in art, life and work of the trailblazing female artists Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana and Artemisia Gentileschi and the marvels of Art Nouveau: art, interior and objects.
Centering Prayer is a method which invites us to consent to God’s presence and action in our lives. This semester we hope to deepen our meditation practice and to explore the Spiritual Journey material developed by Fr Thomas Keating OCSO.
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The course is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers most welcome!
For students who can produce simple French sentences and can ask and respond to simple French questions. In a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, these classes will enable students to communicate with more fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations.
“Vino bianco o vino rosso, signore?” Are you able to book a table, order a meal, ask directions and actually follow them? If you have already studied some Italian and appreciate fun and informality, then this is the class for you.
The Second Vatican Council was undoubtedly the most important religious event of the 20th Century. This module will look at ground- breaking Council documents and trace the development since then. Two generations on, we will discuss whether it is time for Vatican III.
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The class is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers are most welcome!
Silver Swans is a ballet class for the over 55s. Dance is now considered to be one of the most beneficial ways of improving mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels and imparting a sense of wellbeing and fun. No previous dance experience is necessary!
Immerse yourself in German language and culture in this engaging class. Topical issues, art, literature and Austrian and German traditions are explored in a fun and informative way. The conversational manner is sure to boost both your confidence and fluency.
The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland again indicates the way he has changed the ‘mood music’ of the Church. This module considers the ways in which he attempts to re-imagine our Christianity for today.
This module is designed for students to improve their skills in conversational Irish in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The emphasis will be on giving the student confidence to use the language in everyday situations. A good basic level of Irish is required. Fáilte roimh chách.
This course is for students who have a good command of French and would like to keep up to date with cultural, social and political developments in France and increase their fluency and confidence in spoken French. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Au plaisir de vous voir ou de vous revoir!
In this class, we read, discuss and share novels, poetry and drama. Our reading material is a mixture of classic and contemporary work written in English and translated writing of both established and emerging writers. No prior knowledge is required. Our emphasis is on enjoyment.
Experience harmony of body, mind and spirit as you dance to beautiful music. Sacred dance is influenced by the classical and European folk traditions. No previous experience necessary - clear instructions are given. A warm welcome awaits all.
In this class, the emphasis is on easing students into conversational French. Learned grammatical concepts are revised and put into a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen comprehension and self-expression. These classes will give you the confidence to converse on many topics. À bientôt!
Following the publication of his recent book on John’s Gospel, Sean Goan will explore the signs in the Fourth Gospel as a basis for understanding the person of Jesus and what it means to “believe” in him.
Jerusalem, the disputed Holy City of three world religions, is connected with beliefs that bear far-reaching political
consequences. This module will consider archaeological, biblical and theological parameters and themes as well as shedding some light on the political situation at present.
In March of this year, Mary McAleese pointedly criticized the Catholic Church as an “empire of misogyny”. Women have had very changing roles in the long history of Christianity. The programme will look at different and divergent cultural, biblical and theological traditions that shaped the image of women and defined their influence in Church and society.
The recent referendum about the 8th Amendment highlighted the deep divisions in Irish society about our understanding of right and wrong. This module considers questions which must be addressed as we seek to find a moral compass.
This module explores philosophical thinking by examining what philosophers thought about standing up for one’s beliefs, dramatic conversations, imprisonment, the human soul, certainty, why there is something rather than nothing and being human. Discussion is encouraged and handouts supplied.
Two events are currently shaping the world of international relations in a degree that is unprecedented, exciting, and shocking in equal measure. These are Brexit and the phenomenon of Trumpism. They both challenge our assumptions about the place of morality in international affairs.
The module title is taken from G. Lohfink’s recent book. We will explore our doubts about an afterlife, the Christian belief in the resurrection, our ultimate relationship with God, whether there is a resurrection of all creation and if all will be saved.
This short module will explore our practice of the Lord’s Supper in light of the Old Testament background and the New Testament foreground. Historical and ecumenical questions will be kept in mind throughout.