New Book Reception for Sean Farrell, NIU History Department

The History Department will celebrate the publication of Prof. Sean Farrell's new book, entitle Thomas Drew and the Marking of Victorian Belfast (Syracuse University Press, 2023) with a reception, during which Prof. Farrell will discuss the book and answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

History Professor Publishes Book on a Controversial Figure in Victorian Belfast

History Professor Sean Farrell has a new book out that sheds light on a controversial figure in Victorian Belfast and political and religious tensions in Ireland.  

Farrell will deliver a talk on his book, “Thomas Drew and the Making of Victorian Belfast” (Syracuse University Press), during a reception for faculty, students and invited guests from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Thurgood Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall.

Thomas Drew (1800–1870) was one of the most controversial figures in Victorian Belfast. He was a prominent leader in the Loyal Orange Order and the head of one of the island’s largest Church of Ireland congregations at Christ Church, Belfast. Drew was a fierce anti-Catholic rabble-rouser as well as an active minister who worked tirelessly to bring evangelical religion and conservative social respectability to Protestant working-class communities. In “Thomas Drew and the Making of Victorian Belfast,” Sean Farrell argues that it was Drew’s ability to straddle these two overlapping worlds that allowed him to play a significant role in the making of modern Belfast. Based on a wide array of new and underutilized archival sources, this book offers a nuanced portrait of Thomas Drew as well as a detailed social, religious and political history of Belfast at a critical moment in its development.

Visit the publisher's website for more information on Farrell’s book.



Friday, October 20, 2023 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Swen Parson Hall (NIU Campus), Thurgood Marshall Gallery

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