Lecture Series: The Norman Invasion of Ireland 1169-1536


with Sean Murphy       ADULTS
4 classes, Tuesdays, June 6-27

The Norman Invasion of Ireland 1169–1536 covers the period from the arrival of the Normans to the reign of Henry VIII of England, who made himself King of Ireland.

The Normans originally came to Ireland, under the leadership of "Strongbow" and during the reign of King Henry II, at the invitation of the exiled Irish King of Leinster who wanted to reclaim his throne. They had the support of Pope Hadrian IV who issued a Papal Bull giving the king of England, Henry II, the hereditary possession of Ireland. Once in Ireland they set about making Ireland their own. This led to almost 400 years of division and warfare that led to the forceful dispossession of the property, lives, and freedom of many Irish people and their communities.

This course will examine the major historic events of this period to help explain and understand how those events affected the course of Irish history up to the current time.Taught by noted local Irish historian, Sean Murphy. 

4 one-hour lectures, each followed by a 30-minute discussion period

June 6, 13, 20, 27 
2:00-3:30 pm, Upstairs in the Black Box Jun 6, 13, 20; Art Studio Jun 27
$75/$63.75 members

Sean Murphy is an Irishman now living and teaching Irish history, music, and dance on Cape Cod and Nantucket. He studied Irish social, economic, and political history as both an undergraduate and graduate student at Trinity College Dublin. In 2016 he organized and presented a number of lectures and events related to the 1916 Easter Rebellion including one at the Irish Village with Derek Warfield. In Ireland, Sean was involved in social and political movements including the Irish Civil Rights Association (ICRA) in the '70's and the "Reclaim the Spirit of 1916" Committee that organized the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Easter Rising in 1991. In the 1990's he was elected to be a member of the Dublin City Development Board. In 2014, Sean was awarded the Thomas P. McCann "Altruism Award" trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Committee for his "support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people."