Famine, Friends and Fenians Lecture Series

Lecture series to explore charity, human rights, and social justice, through centuries of struggle in both in the US and Ireland

This spring, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host a lecture series that delves into the stories of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. The lectures will explore artistic visual interpretations of the Great Irish Famine and talk about the poignant global philanthropic response to Ireland’s plight. They will also include stories of resistant militants turned historic icons (John Boyle O’Reilly), and will speak to the perpetual motivation of liberty and opportunity – even in the sport of Irish Throwing.

April 20 – Irish Whales – A Favorable Term for Those Big Lads from Ireland
By Philip Conway, Olympian and Father of the Irish Throwing Revival

Irish Olympian, record holder, and multi-event national champion, Philip Conway, will share stories of a time when Irish and Irish-Americans dominated field events in the Olympics, and about how America provided much-needed opportunity. Conway’s career culminated in representing his country at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Since that time, he has successfully coached and counselled student athletes whose dream it was to come to America and compete in the U.S. collegiate system. His coaching has resulted in 10 Olympians and more than 100 Irish athletes being afforded opportunities in America that they may not have otherwise had.

Lectures will be held on February 16, February 23, March 16, and April 20. Each evening will begin with a light reception at 6:00 pm and all lectures will begin at 7:00 pm. Each lecture is $10 for museum members ($15 for non-members). To attend all four lectures, a series lecture ticket can be purchased for $35 for museum members ($55 for non-members). Series ticket holders will also receive an invitation to a meet and great with scrimshaw artist Gary Tonkin in May. For more details and ticket information go to www.whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046.