During this semester we will reflect on Fr Thomas Keating’s suggestions for developing Centering Prayer. We will examine the ‘Human Condition’ and the ‘Formation of the Homemade Self’. Each session will include a period of meditation in common.
Price: Voluntary contribution at each session. EUR0.00
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 are 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. Newcomers are most welcome.
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!
This series will probe the works of six major writers for their insights into contemporary life. The featured writers are Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Eliot and John McGahern. The final session will feature an interview with Donal Ryan.
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! €90 (12 weeks)
We will investigate Greek art, early Christian and Renaissance art and then explore the eccentricities of Mannerism, muscular Baroque and sensuous, courtly Rococo. An analysis of the art of Islam and the extreme otherness of Japanese art and its transformative effect on the Impressionists will complete this
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.
In democratic societies like ours we believe that there are no tyrannies. Yet, from homelessness to direct provision, from the uncertainty of employment to human trafficking and from long waiting lists for hospital appointments to rising costs of living we experience sheer powerlessness. How do we overcome powerlessness and regain true democracy against the seen and unseen tyrannies in our midst? What is our civic responsibility in protecting human rights? €65 (6 weeks)
This module is designed for students who wish 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.
17 Jan.-11 April 10.30-12.00 noon This module 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.
17 Jan.-11 April Jane Bailey IBVM 30-12.00 noon 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. Beginners and improvers welcome.
This module will examine how Augustine’s writings influenced the following philosophers: Rene Descartes (on thinking about scepticism), Ludwig Wittgenstein (on language and life) and Hannah Arendt (on her study of Augustine). Discussion is encouraged in class and handouts supplied.
Within the past two years the growth of nationalist and populist movements within the EU has challenged its claim – over NATO, UN, neutrality - to be the major agency of peace and solidarity in Europe. How credible is that claim?
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 module, 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 compre- hension and self-expression. These classes will give you the confidence to converse on many topics. À bientôt!
The course continues with the symbolic reading of the Gospel of John that commenced in the last semester. We will begin with the Bread of Life Discourse from ch 6 and read through to the Easter narratives in chapters 20-21. The course is based on Sean Goan’s recently published book on John, The Sign. €55 (5 weeks)
From its origins, our species has wrestled with its experience of God. This course looks at Christianity’s distinctive understanding of God, and at how the insights of philosophers, scientists and saints have contributed to this exploration of the mystery that surrounds us.
Dorrie Balfe OP, Duncan Morrow, Sabine Schratz OP and others
Cities are places with the greatest diversity in the tightest of space. What makes them attractive is also their Achilles’ heel. We will look at how cultural, socio-economic, political, ethnic and religious difference can lead to conflict and how this might be resolved.
Examples will include Belfast, Berlin, Jerusalem, Mostar, Port Elizabeth and Rio de Janeiro. €65 (6 weeks)
Today more and more people are wondering about the ultimate purpose of life. But in our fast-changing world how do we quantify what is meant to live a good life? This module will be of value to all who ask searching questions about the meaning of living and dying.
For centuries Christian poets, preachers, and artists have made use of animal symbolism to communicate the mysteries of the faith. In this module we will study such topics as: animals in the Bible; monsters in the monasteries; peace and violence in the animal kingdom; animals at prayer; and the talking animals of
10:30-12.00 noon We will look at four contemporary biblical methodologies: narrative, canonical, rhetorical and liberationist. Each approach has its own set of questions and criteria, leading to new interpretations. The strengths and weaknesses of each approach will be evaluated. Guided reading will be provided in the handouts. An introduction to the traditional method of Lectio Divina will round off the module.