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#Lectures - Derry City and Strabane District Council’s lunchtime lecture series Island Voices returns to the Tower Museum this autumn to explore the ancient genetic, cultural and linguistic links which exist between Ireland and Scandinavia.

‘Northern Confluence: Where Celtic and Nordic Worlds Meet’ reflects on the shared heritage of Ireland, Iceland and Scandinavia and explores our unique relationships, past and present.

This year’s series opens on Friday 22nd September with an hour-long lecture by Professor Dan Bradley from Trinity College, Dublin who will deliver ‘A Tale of Two Islands: Ireland, Iceland and Viking genetic legacy’ – a talk which provides an overview of the genetic legacy that binds the island nations of Ireland Iceland and which tells the story of the Gaelic presence in Iceland and the impact of Norse ancestry in Ireland.

Two further lectures are scheduled in the series: ‘Commonalities in the Linguistic Traditions of Ireland and Iceland’ with Dr Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil which takes place on Friday 20th October 2017, and the closing lecture ‘Voices of the North: The Languages of Northern Europe’ by Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna, which takes place on Friday 17th November.

All lectures take place at the Tower Museum, are free of charge and include lunch.

Lunch will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm and lectures run from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Island Voices is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Good Relations Programme.

For more information or to book your place please contact the Tower Museum on (028) 7137 2411 or email: [email protected]

Published in Coastal Notes

William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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