Timothy Egan, a New York Times bestselling author, will present the lecture, “The Immortal Irishman,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in the auditorium in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, 370 Bassett Road, North Haven.
The lecture, sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, is free and open to the public, but registration is required at ighm.org.
Egan will discuss the true Irish-American story of Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders in the Rebellion of 1848. Meagher was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony after a failed uprising against British rule. He later escaped to New York, where he was proclaimed a revolutionary hero. Meagher eventually goes on to lead the Irish Brigade from New York during the American Civil War.
Egan also will sign his book, “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero.” Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s current exhibition, “Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era,” tells the story of Irish immigrants who fled Ireland during the Great Hunger, hoping to find a better life in the US. Having survived the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th century Europe, they fell on the battlefield of Virginia or Tennessee during the American Civil War, in which over 150,000 Irishmen served.
The museum is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is free.
Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci, MNH 101 Auditorium
370 Bassett Road, North Haven CT USA