Searching for the Sacred in Ireland’s Built Environment


 Sacred. Regarded with reverence and entitled to respect. Worthy of veneration. Unassailable. Inviolable. Highly valued and important. Too important to change. Reverently dedicated to a person, purpose, or object. In researching the sacred I had the opportunity to spend over five weeks in the fall of 2022 traveling Ireland in search of sacred places. I focused on the man-made built-environment as much as possible. Places visited seemed to fall into one of three categories: 1. Finding the sacred in expected places such as visits to the ruins of 6th century monastic sites; 2. Finding the sacred in unexpected places such as museums, memorials, and ‘tourist sites;’ and 3. Surprisingly I didn’t find the sacred in places where I fully expected to find it. Research from my travels, including, photographs and materials gathered, will be shared and discussed during this five-session course. Many places in Ireland are considered sacred in the broadest sense of the word. It was the search for what made a place ‘sacred’ that intrigued me most. Whether you have visited Ireland or not, whether you consider places to be sacred or not, I welcome all who are curious and willing to discuss their understanding of what is sacred…or what is not.

Instructor: Otto Paier;

5 Zoom sessions. Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm. May 24- June 21.

Course fee: $125

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