The History, Customs, and Folklore of Ireland


Three Sessions: Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27; 9:30-11:30 AM

Location: Plymouth United Church of Christ, 4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 60


If the harp, shamrock, Claddagh, Celtic cross and Celtic knot are popular with your family, you must be Irish. Whether you have Irish ancestry or not, you will enjoy the history of the Emerald Isle, including the various counties and famous landmarks with many of their stories. The history will include both good times and those times which adversely impacted the Irish such as the Cromwell era, civil wars and famines. You will also hear Irish folktales which often feature magical characters like leprechauns and banshees. There will be dancing to Irish tunes, singing of Irish ballads and other folk songs, music of the harp and other traditional Irish instruments.


Instructor Maureen Korte, professional storyteller, earned a BA in English literature from the University of Iowa and did graduate work at East Tennessee University. She is on the roster of the After School Arts Program and CultureALL, both of which provide enrichment programs in schools.


Instructor Natalie Steenson, professional musician and storyteller, has a BA in music and religion from Coe College. She is the music director for Windsor Presbyterian Church. She too is a local rostered artist with CultureALL and ASAP, presenting music, movement and musical storytelling workshops for children and adults.




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