Irish history

02 2, 2021

Discover the history of Ireland’s Bloody Sunday

By |2021-02-02T19:00:39-05:00February 2, 2021|

Dr. John Foster, our resident historian and one of our adult reference librarians, shares a free lecture about one of the most infamous days in Irish history, Bloody Sunday. He describes the events, what led up to them, and their terrible consequences.

If you want, you can view Dr. Foster’s PowerPoint presentation here, as well.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a civil-rights demonstration, killing 13 people, in Derry, North Ireland. The event accelerated the violence of that era, euphemistically known as “the Troubles.”

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library. Those who are interested in Irish history will also want to watch Foster’s talk on the Easter Uprising of 1916 on our YouTube channel.

05 6, 2018

MPL Talks: The Easter Rising of 1916

By |2018-05-06T06:00:56-04:00May 6, 2018|

We have a treat for those who enjoy the work of our resident historian John Foster.

Foster recently discussed the Easter Rising of 1916 during a special program at Concord Township Community Center. We filmed and are sharing the talk for those who could not attend.

The Easter Rising (also known as the Easter Rebellion) began when a small group of Irish republicans tried to wrest independence from the United Kingdom in the midst of World War I.

Foster explains what transpired during the Easter Rising and how its failure (and its leaders’ executions) launched a series of Irish uprisings.

For those who want to learn more, Foster recommends 1916: One Hundred Years of Irish Independence by Tim Pat Coogan.

Additionally, Foster — who, in addition to being a reference librarian, has a doctorate degree in European history — began his US Presidents of the 20th Century series in April. He started with a lecture on the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.

His series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, with a focus on Woodrow Wilson. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:


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