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.

Irish Language

Rath de Houst, Liam Guidery, Donncha Quinn, Irish language instructors

Designed for beginners to fluent speakers, students will be divided into groups 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

Summer Mini Series (5 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Jul 19-Aug 16, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XIRIL 025

Fall Series (10 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Sept 13-Nov 15, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025

Ireland At War; 1913-1923

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

During the ten year period of 1913-1923, Ireland was in a continual state of war. From the Great Dublin Lockout to World War I, to the Easter Rebellion, Irish War of Independence and Civil War, peace seemed to have completely vanished. We’ll look at these episodes, stressing the interconnections among them and examining how they affected the development, in 1923, of an “Irish Free State.” Included will be case studies of the men and women who played essential roles, most as heroes, a few as villains. 5 SESSIONS

Tues, Jul 10-Aug 7, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $79, XIRIG 130

Save The Date!

Friday, Oct 12, 10:30 am-1:30 pm (registration opens August 20th)

Irish American Cultural Institute (John Walsh Chapter) & Lifelong Learning are proud to present:

Challenges to Irish America In The 21st Century

Keynote Speaker: Terry Golway, PhD

Terry Golway is a senior editor at Politico and the author of several books, most recently: Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Creation of the Modern Democratic Party. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University and has taught at New York University, Kean University, and the New School. He is a frequent commentator on Irish-American issues, and writes occasional essays in the Irish Echo.

Music Session With Max & Alice

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

Music is an integral part of Irish Heritage. Explore the connections between Celtic and American songs, tunes, and dances. Max Carmichael has been playing music for over 18 years. Initially, Max spent much of his early years absorbed in blues and American folk music. Curiosity and a love of folk music from around the world took him to India where he studied Hindustani classical music for three years. Most recently, Max has immersed himself in the New York Irish scene, playing guitar, banjo, bouzouki, and tin whistle. He is a major figure at the Iona session in Brooklyn and played on their recent album. Max performs with several groups, including Daoine, Andy Lamy’s Hudson-Shannon Line, and he recently appeared at the Boston Celtic Music Festival with Calum Pasqua’s Parcel of Rogues. Alice Breda Ryan spent her early childhood in Germany, with summers at her grandparents’ in Ireland. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Alice has studied ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco, Bollywood, modern, flatfooting, and the old-style of Irish percussive dance known as sean nós. Since moving to New York City, Alice has performed with the McLean Avenue Band, Daoine, and at the New York Trad Fest. In 2015, she competed at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEirreann in Sligo in the categories of traditional singing and sean nós dancing. As winner of the GAA’s sean nós dance competition, Alice recently performed at Symphony Space in Scór on Broadway.

Thurs, Aug 2, 6:30-8pm
Fee & Code: $20, XIRIG 131


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