Friday, March 19, 2010

Erin go bragh! 15th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival celebrates culture on St. Patrick’s Day | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont

Erin go bragh! 15th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival celebrates culture on St. Patrick’s Day | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
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Lecture: Spirituality and Stones

This year’s featured speaker the Rev. Jim Gorman’s talk, “Spirituality and Stones,” will focus focuses on stone circles and megalithic tombs. The Emerald Isle is rich with these mysterious structures, many of which, like Newgrange in County Meath, were built more than 5,000 years ago. Their purpose and cultural significance is often unclear, prompting scholars like Gorman to do extensive research on the subject.

However, were it not for the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, Gorman likely would not have the credentials to give such a lecture. The festival’s major annual fundraiser is a raffle, and the grand prize each year is two round-trip tickets to Ireland. Gorman won the prize a few years ago, and subsequently took his first trip to Ireland.

“He became passionately fascinated with the megaliths and stone circles,” Hill said. “He has researched it and gone back numerous times since, and he’s going to come be our noon lecturer because he wanted to give back.”

• If you go: Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Community Room, Fletcher Free Library. Free, donations welcome;; 863-3403."

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