Free community event tonight! Maine’s notable men and women of Irish descent presented by Hugh Curran at the Hutchinson Center- July 13

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Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will host Hugh Curran, UMaine instructor and lecturer, who will deliver a presentation on the state’s notable men and women of Irish descent, including the poet Louise Bogan and filmmaker John Ford.

The free public presentation will be held on Friday, July 13, 7–9 p.m.

Curran was born in a Gaelic speaking part of Donegal, Ireland. He spent 14 years in northern Canada and Nova Scotia and five years in a Buddhist monastery. After moving to Maine in the mid-1970s, he built his own home and later spent five years as the director of a homeless shelter in Down East Maine. He currently teaches in UMaine’s Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049, Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online (

About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world- class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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