19th Century Ireland: O’Connell to Parnell


Understanding 19th Century Ireland

This survey course will cover the 100-year period that began with the rise of the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, and ended with the fall of the Uncrowned King of Ireland, Charles Stewart Parnell. After years of bribes and arm-twisting, in 1800 the Irish parliament voted to join the island to Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom and ending self-rule in Ireland for more than four generations. By the century’s end, Catholics had been emancipated, the country had survived a devastating famine, much of the land had been transferred from Protestant to Catholic hands, and plans were being laid for a return to Home Rule. Not always in the background, plans were also being made for a revolution that would shake the foundations of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Students will learn about the major historical events of 19th century Ireland, and connect them to follow-on movements throughout the 20th century. Students are encouraged to read any Irish history text covering this period. Minimum course enrollment is four students.

3 Zoom Sessions, Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm, June 9 – 23, 2022.

Payment: $75

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructors,  Dr. Kevin Byrne and Dr. Steven Griffith at sjgriff5388@gmail.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you.