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Enjoying Claret in Georgian Ireland.

Dr Patricia McCarthy.

  • 📅Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Dr Patricia McCarthy is the author of "A favourite Study : Building the King's Inns" (Dublin, 2006), "Life in the country house in Georgian Ireland" (London and New Haven, 2006) and "Enjoying claret in Georgian Ireland : a history of amiable excess" (Four Courts Press, 2022).

Enjoying claret in Georgian Ireland :

Ireland's love affair with claret began in earnest when Irish families (part of the Wild geese exodus) fled to France, and became involved to a large extent in the Bordeaux wine trade in the early eighteenth century. So much red wine from Bordeaux was being consumed by Irish nobility and gentry that Jonathan Swift referred to it as "Irish wine" in the full knowledge that his correspondent would understand that he meant claret.

The amount of Bordeaux claret consumed in Ireland was staggering, as gentlemen competed with each other in hospitality, including that at Dublin Castle where the contents of its cellars played a major part in the popularity of the Lord Lieutenant, and indeed it resulted in the premature death of one ! Not surprisingly, gout "The disease of Irish hospitality" was the inevitable result.




Literature and the New Brain Sciences.

Ashley Taggart.

  • 📅Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Ashley Taggart is Head of the Drama Department of UCD, working primarily in the field of drama and playwriting, with special interest in the influence of Evolutionary Theory, and the new brain sciences. He has written film, TV and award winning radio dramas. He has also worked as a professional writer/editor of plays and screenplays. In 2021 he wrote, in conjunction with Professor Chris Comer, a neuro-scientist, a book entitled "Brain, Mind and the Narrative Imagination" (Bloombury Press).

Literature and the New Brain Sciences:

The worlds of Art and Science seem to be irreconcilably opposed. Yet it is in the last few hundred years that this gulf has arisen. Prior to that, the study of the natural world and the world of the mind were seen as one. New breakthroughs in the brain sciences (cognitive science, neuroscience) are giving us fresh insights into fundamental and universal faculties of the human mind that are directly relevant to all the arts, not least those related to narrative - literature in all its forms. Although this study is at an early stage, it has exciting things to tell us about attention, memory, emotion, imagination and even the self, which are stranger than could have been previously ventured.