Irish Heritage

Irish Language

Linda Rath DeHoust, Donncha Quinn, Mary Ellen Shevlin, instructors

Designed for beginners to fluent speakers, students will be divided into groups, each with its own instructor, based on abilities and needs. Groups will interact with one another and participate in joint activities. This format will enhance the objective of keeping Irish available as the living, spoken language at the very heart of Irish culture. Whether you’re looking to dive into the Tain Bo Culaigne or just pick up a few phrases for travel, this program will work for you! 10 SESSIONS

Thurs, Sep 19-Nov 21, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025

Rebellious Irish Women: Female Heroism In The 1916 Struggle For Irish Independence

Maureen Dunphy-Brady, M.A. NYU Glucksman Ireland House, Irish Historian
300 women played a part in Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion. A shared love of homeland united them in a common purpose—freeing Ireland from the oppression of British Rule. Defying established gender norms, these female rebels (teachers, nurses, shop girls, even a countess!) served as scouts, couriers, gun-runners, and snipers. Though significant, their contributions were marginalized or omitted from historical records. We’ll examine the role of the heroic women whose determination and courageous actions help lay a foundation for today’s Irish Republic. 5 SESSIONS

Mon, Sep 30-Oct 28, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XIRIG 138
Wall Campus

Northern Ireland: A New History

Henry McNally, M.A., M.S., Irish Historian
Between Brexit, Backstops and bomb threats, Northern Ireland is back in the headlines. Indeed, the impending European Union – British breakup could well produce what, after 100 years of struggle, still seemed remote: A United Ireland. We will examine the creation of Northern Ireland as a Protestant State, the “Troubles” of the 1970s and 80s, the Good Friday Peace Accord, and Power Sharing in the 21st Century. Discussion will conclude with consideration of the threats and opportunities presented by Great Britain’s Brexit dilemma. 5 SESSIONS

Wed, Oct 30-Nov 27, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XIRIG 139

New American Book Launch

Visiting Irish Historian & Author Dr. Conor McNamara

Liam Mellows, Soldier Of The Irish Republic

Dr Conor McNamara is the 1916 Scholar in Residence at the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. He has written extensively about the history of the Irish revolution, food shortage and minor famine, and the intersection between criminality and political violence in twentieth century Ireland. In 2011, he was awarded the National Library of Ireland History Studentship. Join Dr. McNamara for a discussion of this landmark new study of the life of Republican leader Liam Mellows. Through a gathering of letters, speeches, articles and IRA documents from archives in Ireland, the UK and the United States he has formed an insightful analysis of Mellows’ short but intense life. Bitterly opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he was a key opponent of Michael Collins, and his role in occupying the Four Courts in June 1922 was central to the outbreak of the Civil War. His execution by the Free State in December 1922 was one of the most divisive moments in the foundation of the state, and he remains an enigmatic icon for Irish republicans.

Thurs, Nov 7, 10:30-noon
Fee & Code: $55 includes continental breakfast,

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