Lecture Series: The Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster


with Sean Murphy       ADULTS
4 classes, Tuesdays, Oct 3-24   NEW DATES

The Flight of the Earls in 1607 represented the final destruction of the Irish Clan system as it had existed for about 2,000 years from the arrival in Ireland of the Celts. The "Flight" was quickly followed by the main Plantation of Ulster, the forced displacement of Irish people from Ulster and the settlement of the province by settlers from Scotland and England. The events of  the 400 years since then include the confiscation of lands, titles, and resources; war, famine, disease, and the implementation of laws designed to destroy Irish language, religion, economy, and culture. The results of this colonization include the deaths of millions, the emigration of over seven million Irish people, the impoverishment of countless generations, and the partition of Ireland.

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

Tuesdays, October 3-24
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm upstairs in the Black Box
$75/$63.75 members
$20 drop-in

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."