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Irish Heritage


Cead mile failte romhaibh

Feels like going home.


Over 2,000 years old, the Irish language boasts the oldest living literature in Western Europe. Despite colonial attempts to destroy the language – it is alive and well – and here at Brookdale! Instructors at all levels have earned the Fáinne Óir, and our classes are informal, fun, and stress-free.


Live Music Presentation: Cook College Ramblers

Music is at the center of the Irish soul. Come tap your feet, raise your voice, and lift your spirits, as we kick off the “season of St. Patrick.” Enjoy Irish instrumental and vocal selections that celebrate Irish culture. The Cook College Ramblers’ repertoire includes traditional Irish ballads reflecting Irish history as well as rousing audience sing-along songs. They are proud to pay tribute to the soul of Ireland and her people through their skilled musicianship.

Fri, Feb 15, 3-4:30 pm
Fee & Code: $25, XIRIG 136, light refreshments included


The Irish Literary Renaissance

Henry McNally, M.A,. M.S., Irish historian

Examine five major Irish authors of the early 20th century with a focus on their connections to the struggle for independence. Short biographical sketches of each author will be followed by a look at the general body of work for each. A more detailed focus on at least one contribution for which she/he is noted. Authors studied will be Lady Augusta Gregory, William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, James Joyce, and Sean O’Casey. 5 SESSIONS

Tues, Mar 26-Apr 23, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XIRIG 135


Irish Language

Liam Guidry, Rath de Houst, Donncha Quinn, Irish language 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!

Winter Mini Series (5 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Jan 17-Feb 14, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XIRIL 025

Spring Series (10 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Mar 21 – May 23 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025


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