Alma Web Team


The powerful Irish tradition of dinnseanchas, or place name poetry has ensured that Ireland’s landscape is vividly literary - every place we will visit resonates with multiple layers of ancient stories, stories that have taken form in both literature and the visual arts. As we explore why and how ancient and later monuments articulate the status and power of the landscape - its control, and its bounty - we will also investigate the stories written by later inhabitants who sought to explain and appropriate such monuments even as they added their own art and architecture at or near those sites. From the early myth cycles to William B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney, the dinnseanchas reveals in Ireland’s landscape artifacts of culture, mythology, and natural wonder.