Introduction to Ireland's Mythic Heritage

A treasure trove of myth

Eight week course via Zoom. Course Enrollment is closing in 1 hour

Ireland's  Wisdom Tradition. 

Eight week zoom course.

Enrollment closing now

Places limited.


Registration Opens 1st May


What’s in the course?


Week 1: Ireland’s Mythic History and Why Myth?

Why should I spend time with Myth when it means a lie? Also Orality and the Bardic Tradition and how the tradition fared through the Ages and the role of the monks, the mythic tradition in the Colonial Period


Week 2: The Four Cycles of Irish Myth

The traditional Irish Mythic tales as they appear in the Manuscripts appear in four cycles + Voyages and Adventures


Week 3: Making Sense Of Myth

Ways of making sense of Myth and an outline of the main schools of myths and how to apply: Psychological, intra and inter-Personal, Social, Cultural, National, Natural Cosmic. Myth works in a multi valent way … true on many levels


Week 4: A Feminine Mythology

Irish myth is oral, rural and foundationally built on a goddess mythology. The sovereign  queen as the personification of nature and the land is a figure with whom aspiring kings must mate


Week 5: Festivals, Calendars and Place

Irish myth can be seen as cyclical, an eternal cycle of birth, life and death, but also an exploration of the forces that unite and divide us at every level


Week 6: The King Cycle - Archaic Leadership

The Story of Niall of the Nine Hostages and the requirement that the King mates with the Goddess, the land


Week 7: The Bardic Tradition

Input on orality and the Bardic Tradition and the story of Aoghán Ó Rathaille – the last bard


Week 8: The Re-Tellings and Bard Programs

Primary focus is the Re Tellings. But we will also give an overview of the other Immersions and ways to get more involved

Join us on a journey to the Otherworld.

 Course Enrollment closing. Places limited.

What Are The Four Cycles Of Irish Myth?

The Mythological Cycle can be seen as a form of Creation Myth and tells of all the events leading up to the arrival of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Peoples of the Goddess Danu. 

The Ulster Cycle is a body of stories about the warriors of King Conchobar and the one we all know, CúChulainn, the best of the best. 

The Fenian Cycle concerns Fionn mac Cumall and his wandering warriors. These are the heroes outside the tribe, outlaws, with a strong wisdom and poetic tradition combining with extraordinary skills, which were a pre-requisite to becoming a member. 

The King Cycle is where myth starts to meet history. Remarkable tales that represent a vision of leadership and kingship that is an essential ingredient in a ‘world view’ very different from the linear centralizing and hierarchical World of Greco Roman culture.


John Ashton

The experience was very powerful. A window
on a world that was unfamiliar yet somehow easy to feel at home in, and full of relevance to the struggles in which we are all engaged.

Marie Therese Walker

I really enjoyed the Immersion. The zoom format with the breakout rooms worked really well. I loved the oral tellings. It was always such a pleasure to the senses.

Jenny Dungan

Thanks so much for the last Bard Immersion sessions.  It feels so appropriate to be spending some time on this type of thinking and sharing at this time so thank you for bringing your wisdom and skill and generosity to me.

Paul Anthony Joyce
Visual Artist of the Myth

" Bard Mythologies is a community where we, the insane, come together in our tribe and view the other even more insane so called Real World through a cleansing lens of poetry, sculpture, story, especially story, music, art, every possible realm in order to give understanding to our very existence. For me as a visual artist Bard is my Maslow. I am given food for my soul in the form of imagery beyond the horizons of my own already fertile imagination. I am provided with a sheltered space and colleagues, where I can incubate my art practice in safety beyond the critical others. I am given a shared love of all things spiritual, and at the highest level for me as a visual artist, I am given an outlet for sharing and a purpose for my art ".

BONUS lectures


Barre Fitzpatrick


Dolores Whelan


Adam Wyeth


John McFadden

An amazing experience.  thanks for engaging us in a complex, diverse and emotional experience.  It felt as though we really entered the “power of the myth”

Mairead Mcgrath

Thank for putting so much work into the course; for lightening it up so that we could laugh a lot, and also for making it sufficiently immersive so that we had to take it seriously - a very unusual combination.

Mari O'Connell

Thank you so much for organising another bountiful Immersion... I for one am so very excited by what is possible through this work.  Imagine having a whole country operate like that...Wow.

An eight week course via Zoom.

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Tom Fitzgerald

That was a wonderfully rich experience! Thank you so much for allowing me to share in this Virtual Bard! Congratulations to the excellent dedication of Emma, Joni, Chaobang and Emmet....great generosity of spirit and academic know how in the Bard team!

Bernie Behan

Thanks to all the facilitators and participants - glad to have  participated in such an uplifting  experience in these strangest of times. Loved all the breakout groups - wonderful to "meet" folks from different continents and countries. Loved the music, poetry, and song.

Margarita Kenefica 

Here goes my thanks for a wonderful Bard season...There’s not much good to be said about the pandemic, but I can’t help feeling hugely grateful for the internet explosion!  Thanks so much to the Bard team for the hours of laughter and reflection, moments of enlightenment, of sharing and touching spiritually.  Joy, in a word… coming home.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The course starts on Saturday 8th May.

How do the sessions work?

The sessions run on zoom. It is best if you have zoom installed on your computer or phone. More details here.

What time are the sessions?

Each session starts at 4.30pm (Dublin) 11.30am (ET). The session lasts 2 hours.

Will you send me a zoom link each week?

We will send you a zoom link at the beginning of the course. You can use the same link for the whole course. We will send you weekly reminders via email.

Can I see a recording if I miss a session?

Yes. Private recordings will be available for 7 days.

Can I email you a question?

Of course. Please send your question to


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