Irish History for Everyone
I am a teacher of Irish history, Irish traditional music, and Irish set dance. Since 2007 I have taught courses at the Irish Cultural Center of New England, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and at venues on Nantucket. I regularly make presentations on Irish history to libraries. I also speak at community and family events on request
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic I have been presenting my courses online using Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. My live courses now reach people in many states within the United States and some countries around the world.
My interest in Irish history and culture stems from my involvement in a wide range of community activities in Ireland starting in the late '60's. In 1998 I was elected as the representative of the community and voluntary sector to the Dublin City Development Board that produced the strategic Plan "Dublin: A City of Possibilities 2001-2012".
In 2014 and 2019 I was awarded the Thomas P McCann "Altruism Award" trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Committee for my "support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people."
I was awarded a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the department of Economic and Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin, a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from London University, and I qualified as a Management Accountant with the Dublin Business School. I am also qualified as a nationally certified Business Mentor.
I lead a traditional Irish music session in O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis on Cape Cod every Sunday night.