Upcoming Events

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.

Sunday September 29, 2019  – Historian and Media Personality Myles Dungan on Three Killings in the Irish War of Independence

Irish historian and media personality Myles Dungan, who will deliver a lecture titled ‘Three Killings in the Irish War of Independence’ on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.   

The War of Independence and its aftermath brought tragedy to many Irish families. The McKennas and the Clintons, related by marriage, were just two. They experienced their fair share of tragedy and grief—and inflicted more besides. This was despite living in North Meath/East Cavan, hardly a cockpit of the Anglo-Irish War.    

Sarah Clinton and T.P McKenna were Myles Dungan’s great-grandparents, he traces the extraordinary stories of the involvement of four McKenna and four Clinton siblings in the ‘Tan War’ in saga involving an assassination, and two IRA executions. 

Myles Dungan is a multifaceted Irish broadcaster, scholar, author, and impresario.   He is a 40-year veteran of RTÉ broadcasting in both radio and television and has presented numerous stories in sports, politics, current events, and history topics over the years.  He holds a PhD in history and has researched and taught under Fulbright scholarship at UC Berkeley.  He is a leading scholar of the Irish in the American West, with multiple publications, including the acclaimed How the Irish Won the West.  He founded and has run the Hinterland festival in his native Kells, County Meath since 2013, and is in San Francisco to launch the sister festival Hinterland: West in November of this year.    

This event will take place on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Sunday October 27, 2019  – Historian Jim Fisher, author of On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York

Sunday November 17, 2019 – Eminent UC Berkeley Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland