About the Editor

Sean MurphySean Murphy was born and reared in Dublin and has lived in the US since 2005. He is a teacher of Irish history, music, and dance. He has a passion for his homeland and loves to share his knowledge and interest through classes, workshops and conversation. He teaches at The Irish Cultural Center in Canton, the Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center and Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod.

Sean hosts a traditional Irish music session at O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis on Cape Cod every Sunday night starting at 5pm “It is now well-established – the place is full every Sunday. It is great fun with a great variety of songs and musicians of all levels.”

Writings of Saint Patrick and his Legacy

Murphy Online Writings
History of Ireland: Writings of Saint Patrick
History | Academics: 7 lectures
1 hour, All Levels

Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus and the Confessio.

  • Will understand the context for the writings of Saint Patrick.
  • Will have read the works that are accepted as having been written by Saint Patrick.
  • Will have some examples of the enduring nature of the contribution made by Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick and his Mission

Murphy Online Viking
History of Ireland: Saint Patrick and his Mission
History | Academics: 14 lectures
3 hours, All Levels

How Ireland Became Christian.

  • Will know the personal details of the person we know as Saint Patrick.
  • Understand important events in the development of Christianity in Ireland.
  • Have some understanding of the major global events that were occurring in Europe that were affecting Ireland.

Viking Invasion, Part 1: 795-902

Murphy Online Viking
History of Ireland: Viking Invasion, Part 1: 795 - 902
History | Academics: 16 lectures
2.5 hours, All Levels

Arrival in Ireland of Viking raiding parties, large scale invasion, settlement and defeat in 902.

  • Understand the effects on the people of Ireland during the first 100 years after the arrival in Ireland of invaders from Scandinavia.
  • Understand why the Vikings came to Ireland and who they were.
  • Understand how the goals of the Vikings in Ireland changed in the 9th century.