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2008 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Raymond Cormier, Visiting Professor of French, lectured Nov. 13 to the Irish-American Society of Greater Richmond (IAS)

November 14, 2008

Dr. Raymond Cormier, Visiting Professor of French, lectured Nov. 13 to the Irish-American Society of Greater Richmond (IAS) on "The Cattle Raid of Cooley – Crown Jewel of Early Irish Epic Poetry (but underappreciated)." The Cattle Raid of Cooley is an epic-like tale considered Ireland’s Iliad. Dr. Cormier is an expert on early Irish epic literature, which he said "remains a neglected genre" derived from an "ancient pan-Celtic heroic tradition" whose earliest development some scholars date as far back as the Iron Age (third century B.C.). Dr. Cormier discussed, among other topics, how The Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúailgne in the Irish language) and many other heroic narratives were committed to manuscript in Old and Middle Irish during the Early Medieval period. Before his talk, he was introduced by IAS member Dr. Helen Warriner-Burke, a member of the Longwood Board of Visitors whose husband, Pat Burke, a former member of Longwood’s history faculty, was the group’s co-founder and first president.