The Charleston Historical Society co-sponsors its next event, Charleston’s Irish Connections: The Budds of Kilkenny and Charleston on Thurs. May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Stephen White, the lecture traces the roots of the Irish in Charleston by following the story of James Dalton Budds, who came to the Holy City from County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1847. In Charleston, Budds worked for a number of Charleston newspapers, held business investments, and was involved in a major public works project. White, a Charleston native himself, is the director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. The event is free and open to the public. For any information on this lecture or future lectures, contact the Charleston Historical Society at (843) 723-3398 or the Karpeles Museum at (843) 853-4651. —Moira Phillips