Irish Heritage

Irish castle by ocean

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, instructor

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

Thurs, Sep 14-Nov 16, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025

History Of Ireland – The Irish Identity – A Continuation

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

The early days of 20th Century Ireland saw a confluence of imperative movements and events. Some historical, cultural and literary, some political and social, some outright revolutionary, these forces produced something extraordinary; an Irish Republic. A nation, however, must exist before announcing itself to the world as a free Republic. This program is a new approach to contemporary Irish History and includes a series of recorded lectures describing the establishment of a Celtic identity. We’ll look at the way in which historical, cultural and literary developments allowed for, almost demanded, political agitation and rebellion. This fall we’ll focus on the 1916 Rebellion and the Irish War of Independence. First class is a review of the completed summer program. Returning students are welcome and new students are encouraged to attend. 6 SESSIONS

Wed, Oct 18-Nov 22, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $89, XIRIG 125

Tin Whistle

Max Carmichael, musician, Irish instructor

Irish music is played by more musicians than ever before. Remarkably beautiful music can be heard on the tin whistle. This versatile instrument, easier than the flute, is capable of being surprisingly expressive. Beginners will be able to play some lovely Irish ballads by the end of this course. It is not necessary to read music. No previous experience is required, and the class is open to both beginners and students of all levels. Registrant should bring a tin whistle in the key of D or call 732-747-1408 for purchasing information. 6 SESSIONS

Wed, Oct 25-Dec 6, 8-9 pm (No class Nov 22)
Fee and Code: $69, XIRIG 005

Bodhran, The Irish Drum

Max Carmichael, musician Irish instructor

There was a time when the gallowglasses marched into battle to the beating of the bodhran. Today, this unique Irish goatskin drum adds dramatic vibrancy to “The Music.” Audiences are intrigued by its very different method of playing and its beat that quickens the heart. To play, a sense of rhythm is necessary, but not the ability to read music. Please bring a bodhran to class with you. For purchasing information, call (732) 747-1408. 6 SESSIONS

Wed, Oct 25-Dec 6, 7-8 pm (No class Nov 22)
Fee and Code: $69, XIRIG 018

Irish Spring 2018  •  Pack Your Bags  •  June 4-14, 2018

Join Us For An Unforgettable Lifelong Learning trip to The Emerald Isle. Discover the history, culture, people, and beautiful landscape of Ireland.
Trip Dates:  June 4-14th, 2018
• Dublin
• Galway
• Donegal
• Killarney

Learn more; register today for a free information session. (Pre-registration required)

Sec 1: Thurs, Nov 9, 2:30 pm
Sec 2: Thurs, Nov 9, 6:30 pm
Fee and Code: Free, XTRVW 10

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