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, 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

Winter Mini Series (5 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Jan 18-Feb 15, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XIRIL 025

Spring Series (10 SESSIONS)
Thurs, Mar 22-May 24, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025

Irish Ceili & Set Dance

Donncha Quinn, Irish dance instructor

Learn some of the local traditional folk dances of Ireland that have been danced socially in homes and pubs for hundreds of years. Both Ceilí and Set dances will be taught by an experienced teacher who has studied with dance masters from Ireland and America. Gain the basic steps and knowledge of many popular dances. When you hear the toe-tapping sounds of a reel or jig, you can get out on the dance floor and have fun. Soon you will be dancing at the crossroads. Don’t sit this one out! 5 SESSIONS

Wed, Feb 21-Mar 21, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XIRIG 002

Beyond The Ninth Wave – Irish America

Micheal O’Maille, Irish historian

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!  – William Butler Yeats

Journey beyond Ireland’s western shores – for eons believed the end of the world. Generations of Irish imagined a place beyond the ninth wave, where they believed the Otherworld to begin. They often considered the Otherworld to be a physical place (eg. Tír na nÓg – Land of the Ever Young, a place where time stood still). Discover the mythology and learn about immigration, assimilations and the role the Irish have played in the building of the America we know and love.

Tues, Feb 27, 7-9 pm 
Fee and Code: $24, XIRIG 128

Right Reverend Rebel: The Story Of A Bronx NY Pastor

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

The South Bronx has produced many stories across the years. The borough has always been a bastion of saints and sinners, the difference not always immediately discernible; and both groups were more than occasionally found within the Catholic Parishes that dotted the area. Even among some revered clergy, there was a “past” that, while it might become evident only in selected instances, was ever present, and could prove surprising to those who saw only the red cloak of “Monsignor.” From 1943 through 1959. St. Jerome’s Parish was led by a man who openly cherished his Irish heritage but kept under wraps his many involvements with the Irish and Irish-American underground of the early 20th Century. This is his story, told by a former altar boy who remembers him with affection and respect.

Fri, Mar 16, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $24, XIRIG 129

History Of Ireland – The Irish Identity

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

The early days of 20th Century Ireland saw

a confluence of determinative 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 final program segment examines those literary and cultural movements which continued after the Easter Rebellion and War of Independence. Focus on the legacy of Eamon DeValera, easily the most influential Irish politician of 20th Century, who sought to imbed a Celtic identity in the policies and practices of a new nation. 5 SESSIONS

Wed, Mar 28-Apr 25, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $89, XIRIG 125

The True Story Of An Irish Revolutionary – “Rebel Rossa” Documentary Screening

Jeremiah O’Donovan was one of the most controversial figures in Irish history. A committed Irish Republican who saw his father die in the Famine and endured torturous years in English prisons, he was exiled to the United States where he continued to relentlessly – and violently – campaign for Irish independence. His funeral in 1915 lit the fumes of the revolution that resulted in the Ester Rising of 1916. One hundred years later his American great-grandson’s journey to investigate his legacy and their relationship to a figure both notorious and revered.

88 minutes of Irish History includes Bonus Features never seen before:

• Interview with Gerry Adams

• Padraig Pearse Oration Reenactment

• Visit to Belfast O’Donovan Rossa Gaelic Athletic Association

• ‘Secret Museum’ Tour …and more!

Q&A will follow the screening with Williams Rossa Cole, producer, director, editor, and great grandson of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Program underwritten by Lifelong Learning donor funds.

Thurs, Apr 26. 2-4 pm
Fee and Code: $19, XIRIG 127


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