Irish History Classes

See Classes for 2018

Sean Murphy teaches Irish history at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Irish Cultural Center of New England. His general history course is a chronological account of Irish history from the arrival of Saint Patrick in 432 AD up to the Easter Rebellion of 1916. He has recently added a course on Virtual Tours of Ireland.

The general history course is presented in four and six week topics that focus on the main events in Irish history since 432 AD. Topics are : Saint Patrick, The Viking Invasions 795 - 1170, The Norman Invasion, The Tudor Conquest, The Flight of the Earls, The Rising of 1640 and the Catholic Confederation, The Cromwellian Settlement, the Treaty of Limerick and the Protestant Ascendency, the Penal Laws, the Risings of 1798 and 1803, Catholic Emancipation, the Famine 1845 - 1852, and the Easter Rebellion of 1916.

The Virtual Tours of Ireland are also presented in four and six week courses. Each class focuses on the major tourist attractions in the chosen location. Major cities and all thirty two counties get a full class. Each location is presented with a summary of its general history, from ancient times to the present, and the important facts about its cultural heritage. Video clips are used to show landscapes, townscapes and features of specific attractions. Video clips are also used to show the musical and dance activities associated with the locations.

All students get a presentation in Powerpoint or pdf format for each class. The presentations are designed to provide support for those who wish to learn more. There are lists of web pages, videos and a bibliography included.

Virtual Historic Tour of Ireland Counties Waterford and Wexford

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm - July 11, 18, 25 and August 1

This course is a four "day" virtual tour of the counties of Waterford and Wexford in the southeast corner of Ireland.

Wexford town Waterford City

Waterford (left) and Wexford (right) have a unique history involving the Viking and Norman invasions. Wexford was one of the key centers in the 1798 Rebellion. It is the ancestral home of the Kennedy's Waterford is Ireland's oldest city.

To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product/virtual-historic-tour-of-ireland/
Call 508-3947100 for information. Class fee: $75/$70 for members

Lecture: The Famine in Ireland 1845 - 1852

In the past two centuries no event has shaped the Ireland of today more than the famine of 1845 - 1852. No event stirs the emotions of Irish people more. No other event demonstrates so clearly the failure of British colonial policy in Ireland.

Famine image01The famine was the direct result of policies that began with the destruction of Gaelic Ireland in the period 1540 to 1603. This was followed by the Cromwellian settlement of the 1650's, the military defeat of Catholic Ireland in the 1690's, and the subsequent imposition of Penal Laws for the suppression of the Gaelic people of Ireland. After three hundred years of conquest and destruction a huge number of Irish people were reduced to destitution, poverty, illiteracy, and were made dependent on the potato by government policy and landlord greed.

This course will focus on the events that resulted in the worst ever famine in Ireland, the subsequent death of over one million people, and the mass migration of Irish people. It will examine the famine years in detail to clarify the reasons why people died of starvation and disease while the food they produced was taken out of Ireland under armed guard. It will deal decisively with any notion that the Irish people brought this upon themselves or that it was God's will.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Wednesdays July 11, 18, 25, August 1: 7:15 to 8:15
To enroll on line log in to http://www.cultural-center.org/product/virtual-historic-tour-of-ireland/

Famous Irish Singers: Irish History Class

Much of recent Irish history is reflected in the content of the songs of Irish singers and in their own personal history. This course will focus on four of the most famous Irish singers.

 music PercyFrench

Percy French - Week 1 June 6

Are Ye Right There Michael
Mountains Of Mourne
Phil the Fluters Ball
Abdul Abulbul Amir 
Who Said the Hook Never Hurted the Worms?
And Lots More

 Music ChristyMoore Christy Moore - Week 2  June 13

They Never Came Home
Lisdoonvarna
St. Brendan's Voyage
The Time Has Come
Viva La Quinta Brigada 
Ordinary Man
 music SineadOConnor Sinead O'Connor - Week 3 June 20

Nothing Compares 2 U
Fire on Babylon
Mandinka
Troy
You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart
 music vanmorrison Van Morrison - Week 4  June 27

Gloria
Brown Eyed Girl
Moondance
Wild Night
Days Like This

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 7:15- 8:15 pm, June 6,13,20,27 2018
Call 508-394-7100 for information.
Class fee:  $75/$70 for members. $20 walk-ins.

Famous Irish Comedians: Irish History Class

Comedy is a medium that has allowed Irish people to look critically at their society, to comment on deep seated issues, and challenged us to reevaluate our positions on many important issues. 

Comedy BrendanGrace Brendan Grace - Week 1 June 6 2018

Brendan is an Irish comedian and singer known for his comedy schoolboy character "Bottler", the role of Murphy in the 1995 movie  Moondance, and his 1996 appearance in the TV sitcom Father Ted. 
Comedy TommyTiernan Tommy Tiernan - Week 2 June 13
Tommy was born in Carndonagh, County Donegal. He has appeared several times on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Comedy HalRoach Hal Roach - Week 3 June 20
Hal was a prominent Irish comedian. He spent over 60 years in show business, and was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running engagement of a comedian at the same venue: 26 years at Jury's Irish Cabaret, Jury's Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
Comedy DeirdreOKane Deirdre O'Kane - Week 4  June 27
Deirdre became a stand-up comic in 1996 and got into the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards of that year. She has played at the Edinburgh Festival every year since and has played at the Melbourne, Adelaide and Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festivals

 

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South YarmouthCultural Center of Cape Cod, South YarmouthWednesdays 7:15- 8:15 pm, June 6,13,20,27 2018Call 508-3947100 for information. Class fee:  $75/$70 for members. $20 walk-ins.