MISSOULA – The University of Montana Irish Studies program will kick off its slate of holiday celebrations with a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 30, by Professor Ruan O’Donnell from Ireland’s University of Limerick.
The lecture is at 7 p.m. and will take place in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room on campus. It is free and open to the public.
O’Donnell will lecture on “Fenians: The Irish Revolutionary Movement of 1867 and America.” O’Donnell currently is the Fulbright Irish History Scholar-in-Residence at UM. In fall 2016, he delivered an installment of UM’s President’s Lecture Series as part of the American Conference for Irish Studies.
The public also is invited to add some Irish spice to their holiday season at the Irish Studies Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Both concerts will be in UM’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets cost $15, but there are discounts for students, seniors, families and members of the Friends of Irish Studies. Tickets are available online at http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com or at the door.
The lecture and concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Irish Studies, Cumann na Gaeilge, the Fulbright Commission of Ireland and Sam and Julie Baldridge.