Conway lecture set at Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum continues its popular “Famine, Friends & Fenians Lecture Series” on April 20, welcoming Philip Conway, an Olympian and father of the Irish Throwing Revival, who will present his lecture, “Irish Whales – A Favorable Term for Those Big Lads from Ireland.”

Conway will share stories of a time when Irish and Irish-Americans dominated field events in the Olympics, and about how America provided the much-needed opportunity for Conway’s athletic career, which culminated in his representing his country at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Since that time, he has successfully coached and counseled student athletes looking to compete in the US collegiate system, ten of whom became Olympians.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be given at 7 p.m. after an hour’s reception. Tickets at $10 for members, $15 for non-members, can be purchased by calling 508-997-0046 or by going online at