Eire/Republic of Ireland 1937-1972


  • $75.00  -  Member
  • $80.00  -  Non-Member


Four Wednesdays, beginning April 29
from 7:15-8:15pm


Article 4 of the Irish constitution adopted in 1937 by the government under Éamon de Valera states that Éire is the name of the state, or in the English language, Ireland. Some Irish wit named the state "DevelEire" The constitution contained articles 2 and 3 which were a territorial claim on Northern Ireland. These articles were removed in 1998 as part of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The 1937 Constitution enshrined a special position for the Catholic Church. It also removed many progressive gains that women had achieved in the previous twenty five years. It failed to remove the English King as head of state. This took until 1948 to be dealt with.
Ireland remained neutral during World War 11. The DeValera Government interned and executed members of the IRA during the war. In 1948 after 16 years in government the country voted for change. The opposition parties came together to form a coalition government. In 1949 – Eire become the " Republic of Ireland" The 1950's are remembered as "The Lost Decade" due to emigration, unemployment and recessions. In 1956 the IRA started its six year "Border" Campaign. By the 1960's the Irish economy abandoned protectionist policies and began to attract foreign investment. The 1960's was a boom decade. As violence erupted in Northern Ireland at the end of the '60's thousands of refugees poured into the Republic. The "Arms Crisis" in 1970 was the result of efforts by some members of the government to support the IRA. In 1972 the British army murdered 14 people in Derry.

This class meets in the Maker's Space & Mentor Studio on the lower level of the Education Wing.


No materials required other than a notebook and pen.

Sean Murphy is from Ireland and has studied the Economic, Social and Political History of Ireland and has a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Sociology and Politics. He teaches Irish set and ceile dancing and traditional Irish music at venues on Cape Cod and Nantucket. He is also involved in promoting Irish music sessions and cultural events. In 2014 he was awarded the Thomas P McCann "Altruism Award" trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Committee for his "support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people." 

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