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Former events held at Burns Library


Communism, Sex and All That Jazz: The Struggle Against Modernity in Interwar Ireland

Spring '21 Burns Visiting Scholar Fearghal McGarry

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 2:00pm Boston / 7:00pm Dublin
YouTube Live event: watch the recording

In 1933 Jimmy Gralton became the first, and last, Irishman deported from Ireland. Condemned by local priests as a communist whose Leitrim dancehall had become a den of prostitution, Gralton’s fate illustrates the deep anxieties provoked in 1930s Ireland by communism, jazz, and sexual immorality. Why did these emblems of inter-war modernity prompt such alarm in a remote corner of Ireland’s most rural county? This talk considers what such moral panics, and how we now remember them, tell us about Ireland.


Gaelic Roots Lunchtime Series: virtual event with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada

March 11, 2021, 12:00 noon EST. 

Sligo musician and founder of the band Téada, Oisín Mac Diarmada will present a lecture/performance on the life and music of legendary Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman, 1891-1945. Presented by Irish Studies at Boston College, this virtual event is produced in collaboration with the John J. Burns Library Irish Music Archives and Boston College Libraries.