Getting Sober: Irish Leaders In Alcoholism Recovery

On Saturday, October 21, author Christopher M. Finan will discuss America’s troubled history with alcoholism and its long search for sobriety. The focus of this unique program will be on Irish-American leaders who took up the long battle against the disease and the successful results of their efforts. He will also recount the early roles of Native American leaders who saw alcohol used to steal their lands and the activities of Temperance Movement leaders like Carrie Nation, who destroyed bars with an axe. This program will be held at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House on Fifth Avenue, just south of 8th Street. Starting time is 2 p.m.

The Irish have been leaders in the battle against alcoholism since America’s earliest days. They were prominent in the many Catholic temperance groups formed following the 1849 visit to the United States by Father Theobald Matthew, who led the Temperance Movement in Ireland.

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Launt Thompson: Enduring Success

On Saturday, December 2, writer and Roundtable member Michael Burke will discuss Launt Thompson, the Irish-American sculptor who rapidly rose to fame and accomplishment in the United States in the years following the American Civil War. Thompson’s success, however, was dramatically jolted at one of its highpoints and Thompson died in a state asylum. The quick rise and sudden diversion of Thompson’s success will make for a richly illustrated talk. This program will be held at 2 p.m. in the McCloskey meeting room in the parish house of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street, Manhattan. A reception will follow. Suggested donation: $5.

One of the most successful American artists in the post-Civil War era was Ireland-born Launt Thompson. Raised in County Laois, he came to the United States in 1847 at age 14 with a brother and widowed mother.

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