On Saturday, March 13, at 3 pm three Island libraries — Chilmark, West Tisbury, and Vineyard Haven — come together to present “The Life and Times of St. Patrick” with Sean Murphy, who was born and raised in Dublin. St. Patrick is the most famous person associated with Ireland. The patron saint of the country, St. Patrick is recognized as having played a major role in the Christianization of Ireland.
There are many myths and legends associated with Patrick, according to a press release from the libraries. This talk will look at the historical record based on available facts and accepted understandings, and examine the historical context of his mission in Ireland. This includes a review of the development of Irish society prior to his arrival, an overview of the history of Christianity in England and Ireland, an examination of the crises in Europe as the Roman Empire collapsed and how this impacted the situation in Ireland in the fourth and fifth centuries. The talk will also reference the written works of St. Patrick.
Murphy came to live on Cape Cod in 2005, and holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Trinity College’s department of economic and social studies, and a degree in mathematics and physics from London University. The press release says that Murphy has a passion for his homeland and loves to “share his knowledge and interest about his heritage through classes, workshops, and conversation.”