The course will cover the history of Viking invasions of Ireland starting in 795. The initial contact with Ireland involved 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 Contarf in 1014 they finally defeated the Vikings under the leadership of High King Brian Boru. This class meets in the Digital Arts Studio on the lower level of the Education Wing.
IRISH HISTORY: VIKING INVASIONS OF IRELAND 795-1014
with Sean Murphy
Four Thursdays, beginning March 9
Sean Murphy is from Ireland and has studied the Economic, Social and Political History of Ireland and has a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Sociology and Politics. He teaches Irish set and ceile dancing and traditional Irish music at venues on Cape Cod and Nantucket. He is also involved in promoting Irish music sessions and cultural events. In 2014 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."
Please bring a notebook and pen.