MyBrookdale

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

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! 10 SESSIONS

Thurs, Sep 13-Nov 15, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025


Learn. Lunch. Discuss.

A people without the knowledge of their past,
origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

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

What Does It Mean
To Be An Irish-American
In Today’s World?

How Do We Keep
Ethnic Memory And Identification Alive?

Join keynote speaker, Terry Golway, PhD, for an exploration of the challenges
and possibilities facing Irish America
in the 21st century.

Terry Golway has been a journalist for forty years, writing for the New York Observer, the New York Times, and other venues. He 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.

Lunch will be followed by further discussion and Q&A by a panel of special guests from IACI: Dr Peter Halas, Barbara Griffin, Henry McNally

Fri, Oct 12, 10:45 am-1:30 pm
Fee & Code: $45, XIRIG 133

Light Lunch included


Irish History: A Survey Course

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

We’ll attempt to examine the entire gamut of Irish History, from the geophysical creation of the land mass known as Ireland to the formal recognition of an Irish Republic. An approach designed to mimic a formal college level survey in everything except tests and grades.  Readings for each session will be assigned in advance, with an expectation that class members will come prepared to discuss the content.  Each of the ten two-hour sessions will include a video of 20-30 minutes, a lecture with Q&A of 60-80 minutes and a class discussion of 30 minutes.  An outline of the course, a timeline of Irish History, an extensive bibliography and readings for the first class will be emailed in advance to those registered; subsequent readings will be distributed as the course progresses.

Wed, Oct 10-Dec 12, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $179, XIRIG 134


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