Leading expert on Celtic mythology coming to Joliet
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent April 16, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:31AM
Most have heard of Zeus, Hercules or Aphrodite. How many have heard of Lugh, the Morrigan or Sheela Na Gig? The latter Celtic mythological figures may be less popular, but they are just as interesting.
Luckily, we don’t have to cross the ocean to learn these facinating stories. On April 21, the Irish American Society of County Will is bringing a leading expert on Celtic mythology to Joliet. The public is welcome to attend a free discussion at the Joliet Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa Street.
Speaker John Gleeson is the co-director and senior lecturer of the Center for Celtic Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He directs the Colmcille semester program in Ireland. He has lectured extensively on a number of Irish topics.
“The Irish American Society of County Will is committed to furthering our mission of promoting Irish culture and educating the community,” said President Pete Hegarty. “Our partnership with the Joliet Historical Museum provides a great opportunity to host events like this one.”
Gleeson was voted 1993 Irishman of the Year and is numbered among Irish America Magazine’s top 100.
“Mr. Gleeson is a very highly regarded speaker and we feel the topic of Celtic mythology is of great interest to the community,” Hegarty said.
The all-ages event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with free admission.