Lecture Series: The Tudor Conquest of Ireland 1485-1603


with Sean Murphy       ADULTS
Tues, July 11-Aug 1

The Tudor conquest of Ireland took place during the 16th century. Henry VIII was declared King of Ireland in 1541. The conquest continued until 1603 when the entire country came under the control of James I on the death of Queen Elizabeth I and following the defeat of the Irish at the Battle of Kinsale. 

During the Tudor period, the English introduced a policy of "surrender and regrant" of land to destroy Irish property relations. They invaded the province of Munster, killing one third of its population through war and famine. In 1577 the English invaders invited 400 Irish chieftains and their families, under the pretense of friendship, to a social event at Mullaghast in Kildare and killed almost all of them. The Irish, led by people such as Shane and Hugh O'Neill and Fiach McHugh O'Byrne, fought back, as did the Anglo Irish Fitzgeralds. 

The conquest involved the imposition, by all means necessary, of English law, language, and culture (Anglicization), as well as the extension of Anglicanism as the state religion. Upon completion of the conquest, the old Gaelic system had been largely destroyed. This left the way clear for extensive confiscation of land by English, Scots, and Welsh colonists, culminating in the Plantation of Ulster.

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

July 11, 18, 25, & Aug 1 
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Art Studio
$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."