Lecture Series: The Viking Invasions of Ireland 795 - 1014


with Sean Murphy       ADULT
4 classes, Tuesdays, Apr 25-May 16

The course will cover the history of Viking invasions of Ireland starting in 795 AD. The initial contact with Ireland involved riding, looting, and taking people as slaves. Later the Vikings came to settle and claim the fertile soil of Ireland. Groups from different parts of Scandinavia came to Ireland and fought each other for control in Ireland. The Irish clans fought back and in the famous Battle of Clontarf in 1014 they finally defeated the Vikings under the leadership of High King Brian Boru. 

Taught by noted local Irish historian, Sean Murphy. 

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

April 25,  May 2, May 9, May 16    
2:00-3:30 pm, Basement Classroom in the Main Building
$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."