The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses. The courses are presented using Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, no problem. Sean will contact you directly and assist you to get connected. Note: Sean is taking a break for the summer, so this is the last set of courses until September.
Sean presents two courses, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. Students can enroll on a rolling basis for those parts of Irish history they are most interested in or have the time to participate in. The course module for May is Irish Confederate Wars and Cromwellian Conquest and Plantation. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.
The second course is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. This covers the major events from ancient times to the present day. A profile of the major clans and of the most famous individuals from the county will be featured. Segments will also focus on historic sites, the county name, landscapes, and music and dance. This course will be particularly useful to those interested in their Irish heritage, seeking to understand their ancestral home, and the reasons their ancestors left. Featured in May is County Tyrone. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.
The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation. The classes are one and a half hours long to allow adequate time for questions and answers.
Please contact Sean directly for information or to enroll in his course(s) – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-790-0438.
About Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy was born and reared in Dublin and came to live on Cape Cod in 2005. He has a passion for his homeland and loves to share his knowledge and interest about his heritage through classes, workshops and conversation. He worked as a math teacher in public schools until he retired in 2017.
He is a teacher of Irish history, music, and dance. Over the past twelve years he has taught courses at the Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and at venues on Nantucket.
Since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic he has been presenting his courses online using Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. He has recently decided to offer online Tin Whistle classes at the Nantucket Community and Music School.
His interest in Irish history and culture stems from his involvement in a wide range of community activities in Ireland starting in the late ’60’s. In 1998 he was elected as the representative of the community and voluntary sector on the Dublin City Development Board that produced the strategic Plan “Dublin: A City of Possibilities 2001-2012.”
In 2014 and 2019 he 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.”
He leads a traditional Irish music session in O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis every Sunday night. He speaks on Irish cultural and historic issues at libraries, and at private and community events across the Cape and beyond.