In 2020 “Milton Reads” chosen book is Voyage of Mercy by Stephen Puleo. As part of this program, historian Sean Murphy will give a virtual talk called “The Great Hunger/Famine 1845-1852.” This presentation will tell us about the event that shaped Ireland and stirred the emotions of the Irish people. No other deprivation demonstrates so clearly the failure of British colonial policy in Ireland. After 300 years of conquest and desctruction, 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.
Sean Murphy is an Irish historian, Irish music and dance teacher, and he teaches through the Irish Cultural Center of NE in Canton, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and at venues on Nantucket. Mr. Murphy received several awards for his work as a supporter of the culture and heritage of Ireland. He also leads a traditional Irish music session in O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis. He was born and lived as a child in Dulbin and moved to Cape Cod in 2005. He plays and teaches the tin whistle.
This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and is free and open to the public. You can register here and once signed up, a Zoom connection link will be Emailed to you on the day of the program. Please join us for a fascinating story!
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