Irish Lecture Series with Sean Murphy


with Sean Murphy       ADULTS
4 classes, Tuesdays
Mar 6-27: A History of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick is the most famous person associated with Ireland. He is the Patron saint of Ireland and is recognized as having played a major role in the Christianization of Ireland. There are many myths and legends associated with Patrick. This course will look at the historical record based on available facts and accepted understandings and will examine the historical context of his mission in Ireland. This includes a review of the development of Irish society prior to his arrival; an overview of the history of Christianity in England and Ireland; an examination of the crises in Europe as the Roman Empire collapsed; and how this impacted the situation in Ireland in the fourth to sixth centuries A.D. A special part of the class will be an overview of St. Patrick's writings.

4 one-hour lectures per session

March 6 - 27: A History of St. Patrick
April 3 - May 1: The Irish Famine
(no class on Apr 17)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm upstairs in the Black Box
$60/$51 members per 4 sessions
$18 drop-in

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."