Conway, co-owner and artist of Ogham Art in Southington, will discuss "
Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present. Represented
as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, Ogham is
the earliest written form of primitive Irish and the oldest of the Gaelic languages.
It is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20
characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from
bottom to top. When presented horizontally,
it is read from left to right."Ogham
was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales
between the second and sixth centuries," Conway said. "Though its actual
origins remain a mystery, it is believed the Celtics preferred a
cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman
will present a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the
Celtic languages. She also will teach attendees to write their names in
Ogham. Her presentation will include visuals and reference materials for
those interested in learning more about this
relatively unknown chapter of Irish history.