Upcoming Events

Sunday April 28, 2019 – Eminent Historian of the Irish in the American West David Emmons on Peter Yorke’s 1918 faction fight with Garrett McEnerney

The ILHS is very pleased to present the eminent historian Professor David Emmons, who will speak about “A Hippopotamus got up as a Swallow: Peter Yorke’s 1918 faction fight with Garrett McEnerney and other Shoneen Irish” on Sunday, April 28 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

The deep rift between conservative, home rule Irish nationalism and radical Irish republicanism was on full display when Irish-born Father Peter Yorke engaged second-generation Irish American Garret McEnerney on the question of the proper role of Irish Americans and the American government in the “Irish national question.”  The classic Irish faction fight between the republican Yorke and the conservative UIL McEnerney took place in 1918, after the Easter Rising and Pearse’s proclamation of an Irish Republic; after the U.S. entry into the war on the side of Great Britain; after the Bolshevik Revolution; and while the war was still being contested.  The issues could hardly have been more important. Who better to contest them than two Irishmen?

David Emmons is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Montana.  He is the author of numerous articles and two prize-winning books on the Irish in America: The Butte Irish: Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town (1989) and Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West (2019).  He is presently finishing up another book length manuscript, tentatively titled “Fosterland: Irish Catholics in Protestant America, 1830-1930”.  His lecture on the feud between Peter Yorke and Garret McEnerney on the proper role of Irish Americans and the American government during the Great War is drawn from research on that latest project.

This event will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

 

Sunday May 19, 2019  – Professor Renée Tosser on Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland

The ILHS presents Professor Renée Tosser, Université de la Réunion (France), who will speak on Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland on Sunday, May 19 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Visual displays play an important political role in Northern Ireland. They are often the most visible sign of sectarian division and attitudes in a society still marked by division thirty years after the end of the so-called ‘Troubles’. Violence still prevails in that country and sometimes it coalesces around Orange marches, especially during the month of July. July 12, known as “the Twelfth,” celebrates the victory of William of Orange at the Battle at the Boyne against the English Catholic King James II in 1690. The celebrations traditionally involve visual displays, in particular large outdoor wall murals and bonfires. The issue of bonfires has been a tricky and contentious subject in recent years, frequently creating weeks of tension each summer. The aim of this talk is to examine recent developments in the older bonfire tradition and to analyze how these celebrations act as social paradigms which entertain and indeed seek to encourage separation between the Catholic and Protestant communities of Northern Ireland.

Renée Tosser is Assistant Professor of Irish civilization at Université de la Réunion (France). Her talk will be accompanied by photographs from her exhibition on bonfires entitled “King Billy’s Towers” which was shown in Ireland and North America in 2016. She will deal with the “Twelfth,” and more specifically, her research on bonfires and the photographs she has taken every year in Northern Ireland since 2007.

This event will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

 


The ILHS presents a wide array of leading scholars and accomplished writers at our monthly Speaker Series events.  Most talks are held on the last Sunday of each month, September through May, at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.  Events are $5 and free for members.  No reservations or advance purchase are required.