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Michael Connolly is a lifelong resident of Portland, having been raised in the East End on Munjoy Hill. His senior year of college was spent in a year abroad in Dublin, and he returned to Ireland for his master's degree in modern Irish history. His research has focused on Irish and Irish-American history and the labor movement in Ireland and America, maritime related studies, and has led to the publication of multiple works. He is active in community events in the Portland area.In his spare time, he likes to interview with senior citizens, walking, and enjoys Irish traditional music.

Affiliations

American Conference for Irish Studies
Maine Historical Society
Maine Irish Heritage Center

Publications

“Building Bridges: Connections between Maine's Governor Joseph Brennan and Senator George Mitchell" documentary”

“Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen”

“John Ford in Focus”

“They Change Their Sky: The Irish in Maine”

Presentations

“‘Changed Utterly’: Easter 1916 and the Shaping of the Modern Irish Labour Movement,” presented at the Ninth Conference of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway (June 2013)

“Portland’s history-making mayor is the proud grandson of a Galway emigrant,” The Connacht Tribune, Galway, Ireland (July 2012)

“Working Portland’s waterfront,” Munjoy Hill Observer (March 2013)

Awards

Claddagh Award from Maine Irish Heritage Center (October 2016)

Pedogogical Methods

Teaching for Semester at Sea, a floating university on around-the-world journies

Excursions/Trips with Students or for Academic Research

CIEE seminar in Ireland and Northern Ireland, summer of 2015