History of Ireland 1798-1828 with Sean Murphy
Four Wednesday classes: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28. History of Ireland-The Rebellions of 1798 and 1828 and the Catholic Emancipation campaign led by Daniel O'Connell. In the second half of the 18th century the ongoing struggle for independence in Ireland was given a huge boost by the French and American revolutions. Sections of the old Protestant Ascendancy now saw an opportunity to run their own country and sought greater independence from Britain. Some even wanted a Republic with religious liberty. When initial hopes of peaceful change were dashed some members of the United Irishmen decided to rebel. The Rebellion of 1798 was savagely repressed. The English political response was to end the Irish Parliament and introduce the Act of Union. When the Irish rebelled again in 1803 it too was repressed. In the next 20 years Daniel O'Connell emerged as a leader for Catholic Emancipation which was achieved spectacularly in 1828. $75/$70 members. To register, visit www.cultural-center.org or call 508-394-7100.