An Irish Priest’s Charms and Charming

Fionnán Mac Gabhann (Indiana University)

Father Éamonn Ó Confhaola is a retired priest, healer and vernacular historian from the west of Ireland. Born into a community with a vibrant vernacular healing tradition, Fr. Éamonn was well-placed to carry out his Christian duty to heal with the gift God bestowed him. This presentation will offer some preliminary insights into Fr. Éamonn's relationship to the afore-mentioned tradition through analysis of his repertoire of charms and the uses he makes of them.

Part of 03-14 Conceptions of Health, Illness, and Medicine, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm