Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series

Lectures start at 6 pm. Click on the name of each lecture for all of the details.
For further information about our lecture series, please contact Ann at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com or 401-841-5493.

2019-2020 Series (18th Annual)
2018-2019 Series (17th Annual)
2017-2018 Series (16th Annual)
2016-2017 Series (15th Annual)
2015-2016 Series (14th Annual)
2014-2015 Series (13th Annual)
2013-2014 Series (12th Annual)
2012-2013 Series (11th Annual)
2011-2012 Series (10th Annual)
2010-2011 Series (9th Annual)

2009-2010 Series (8th Annual)

2008 - 2009 (7th Annual)

Fall 2007 - Spring 2008 (6th Annual)

  • March 10, 2008 - Dr. Brian Trainor, Ulster Historical Foundation, "Emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th Century"
  • January 17, 2008 - Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Ph.D., "Mass Mailings: The Irish and American Miracles of Prince Alexander Hohenlohe, 1823-24", (published Mar. 2011 as "Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City", Yale Univ. Press)
  • November 29, 2007 - Alen MacWeeney, Photographer, Author, "Irish Travellers, Tinkers No More" (New England College Press, 2007)
  • November 8, 2007 - William J. Matthews, Ph.D., "The Life and Times of Michael Collins"
Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 (5th Annual)

Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 (4th Annual)

  • April 20, 2006 - Maureen Lapan, Ph.D., founding member and officer of the International Berkeley Society, "Images of Berkeley in Newport: 1729-1732"
  • February 9, 2006 - J. Stephen Grimes, Director of Archives and Records Management for the R.I. Supreme Court, "From Bricklayer to Bricklayer; The Rhode Island Roots of Congressman John E. Fogarty's Irish-American Nationalism"
  • December 1, 2005 - Paul O'Malley, Ph.D., "Ireland and the Spanish Civil War: A Foreign Policy Racy of Irish Soil" *
    • The term "Racy" has been used in the past as a way of commending the organization or policy as exhibiting the excellence of the Irish race, according to Dr. O'Malley
  • October 20, 2005 - William Matthews, Ph.D., The Irish Rising of 1916 and how it led to the 1919-21 insurrection against Britain.
Fall 2004 - Spring 2005 (3rd Annual)

  • November 18, 2004 - Fr. Robert Hayman, Historian for the Diocese of Providence. Fr. Hayman’s talk focused on the "Irish immigrants in Rhode Island prior to 1860, with a special look at the Newport area".
    • He referred to the memoirs of Bishop Fenwick of Boston who noted that in 1827 there were about 150 Irish men working at Ft. Adams, and some 35 working in the Portsmouth coal mines.
    • He also referenced the baptismal records of children born to parents working at Ft. Adams in the late 1820s and the obituary of James Cottrell who came to Newport from Ireland to work on the Fort in 1828.
  • October 13, 2004 - Dr. Lawrence Arnold of Dublin, the author of numerous articles dealing with seventeenth century Irish History, and author of The Restoration Land Settlement in County Dublin 1660-1668, spoke about the events in Irish history leading up to the Cromwellian war and the settlement following that war.
Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 (2nd Annual)

  • March 26, 2004 - Denny Lynch, photographer
  • February 5, 2004 - Evelyn Sterne, Ph.D. - "Irish in Politics and the Catholic Church"
  • December 2, 2003 - Charles Duff, Ph.D. - "Edwin O'Connor's Boston"
  • October 23, 2003 - Seamus Connolly, Boston College - "An Evening of Irish Traditional music, different languages and stories"
Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
  • October 24, 2002 - Inaugural talk by Dr. John Quinn, PhD, an associate professor of history at Salve Regina University on his newly published book "Father Mathew's Crusade - Temperance in Nineteenth Century Ireland and Irish America"


Earlier programs for the Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series 2005 through 2008:

  • Marian Desrosiers, Ph.D., Talk entitled: "A 5th Ward Girl: Florence Murray"
  • Denny Lynch, Lecturer, Photographer and Historian - Slide presentation entitled: "Returning to Kerry: Photographic Sojourns in and Around Kerry"
  • Nancy Lusignan Schultz. Ph.D. Salem State College - "McGowan's Tavern, Paddy Funerals and Rossiter's Dog: Irish Factors the 1834 Attack on the Charlestown Massachusetts Convent"
  • William J. Matthews, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts - "Green Against Green: The Tragic Irish Civil War"
  • Dr. Maureen T. Lapan, Founding member of the International Berkeley Society - "Images of Berkeley in Newport: 1729 - 1732"
  • Charles Duffy, PhD, Providence College - "Edwin O'Connor's Boston"
  • James Garman, PhD, Salve Regina University - "Some New Interpretations on the Establishment of Newport's Irish Community, 1840-1870"