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Irish Language Activities Spring 2008

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During Spring 2008 Glucksman Ireland House is proud to present the following Irish language activities at the House (unless otherwise noted).
All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to us at (212) 998-3950 (option 3) or via email at

Please click on images or event titles for more further information regarding each listing.

Click here for more on Irish Song Workshop 3/6/08 

Saturday, March 1st from 1 - 6pm:
Gaelic Song Workshop

NYU Senior Irish Language Lecturer Pádraig Ó Cearúill and professional singer Ashley Davis keep learning Irish fun by teaching language through songs in this day-long workshop. Free.

Click here for more on the St. Patrick's Day Irish-Language Mass 3/14/08

Friday, March 14th at 1pm at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral on Mott Street
Irish-Language Mass Celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick

Father Andrew M. O'Connor of Holy Family Church in the Bronx will celebrate the Mass, with Msgr. Donald Sakano, pastor of the Old Cathedral, as a concelebrant. Readings will be done in English by Father O'Connor and in Irish by Pádraig Ó Cearúill, Senior Language Lecturer of Irish Studies, NYU. The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, led by Mick Moloney, Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies and Music, NYU, will perform liturgical music, along with Irish-language vocalist Dawn Doherty. Jared Lamenzo will play the beautiful and historic 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ.

After the Mass, a party celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick will be held in front of the church, with traditional Irish music and refreshments.

Click here for more on the 2008 Barra O Donnabhain Lecture 4/3/08

Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm:
The Annual Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture on the Irish Language:
Todhchaí na Gaeilge san aonú aois is fiche / The Future of the Irish Language in the 21st Century

Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs delivers the 2008 Barra Ó Donnabháin Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture was established in 2006 to commemorate a beloved and influential teacher and advocate of the language in the United States. A grandson of Éamon de Valera, Éamon Ó Cuív has been a Dáil Deputy representing Galway West since 1992. He served previously as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development and prior to that, he was Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands, with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht areas, the Irish language and for Island Development from 1997 to 2001. In 2006, Minister Ó Cuív’s department announced substantial funding support for the teaching of the Irish Language at third level institutions overseas. Lecture will be in English and Irish. Free.

 Click here for more on Seamus Blake 4/4/08

Friday, April 4th at 7pm:
Seamus Blake on "Sean Ó Tuama and Irish Gaelic in the 20th Century: His Influence on Literature and the Language Revival"

Sean Ó Tuama (1926-2006) achieved notable successes as a poet, playwright, critic, university lecturer, and authoritative scholar.  His positive influence on the development of Irish Gaelic literary studies is fully established without question by experts in the field.  However, the record of his role as an administrator of Irish language agencies has elicited equivocal responses.  Even so, his stature as a major figure of Irish Gaelic letters and his personal practice as a creative writer and scholar has contributed to the substance and admirable quality of Irish Gaelic discourse in the 20th century.  Dr. Seamus Blake, well-known host of WFUV’s Mile Fáilte program, has been broadcasting in Irish for 30 years.  He has also published extensively on Irish Gaelic literature and been on the editorial board on the subject for multiple academic journals.  Presented in English and Irish. Free.

 Click here for more on FLTA Mairead McKendry 4/9/08

Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm:
Mairéad McKendry discusses contemporary Belfast poetry (in Irish)

Mairéad McKendry will discuss her research which investigates the ways in which the work of two contemporary Belfast poets, Ciarán Carson and Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, deals with the legacy of their city’s troubled past.  The presentation will be in Irish. Free.

Beidh Mairéad McKendry ag plé a cuid taighde ar fhilí comhaimseartha Bhéal Feirste, Ciarán Carson agus Gearóid Mac Lochlainn.  Cuirfear béim ar an dóigh a théann na filí seo i ngléic le toradh na dtrioblóidí ar an chathair.  Beidh an léacht as Gaeilge.

Click here for more on Seamas Mac Annaidh 4/17/08

Thursday, April 17th at 7pm:
Irish language writer Séamas Mac Annaidh on his life and work

Irish language writer-in-residence at NUI Galway, Séamas Mac Annaidh, speaks about his life and work as a writer. Mac Annaidh has worked in many genres, in both the Irish and English languages, as well as in journalism, film and music. His novel Cuaifeach Mo Londubh Buí (1983) is regarded as pioneering and earned critical acclaim. His most recent publications include a collection of short stories, Lisa agus an Gramfón (2005), and a novel, Dioscó Dé (2006). Dual language presentation.

 Click here for more on the Afternoon of Learning Irish 4/19/08

Saturday, April 19th 1-5pm
Afternoon of Irish

NYU Irish Language Lecturers Pádraig Ó Cearúill & Hilary Mhic Shuibhne and NYU’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Mairéad McKendry lead a day of learning Irish through sessions on vocabulary and pronunciation with creative group activities in Irish.

Click here for more on Airneal na Bealtaine 5/1/08

Thursday, May 1st at 7pm:
Airneál na Bealtaine

An evening of traditional music and song with NYU students and local musicians hosted by Irish Language Lecturer, Pádraig Ó Cearúill. Bí Linn!

All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to us at (212) 998-3950 (option 3) or via email at

Please click on images or event titles for more further information regarding each listing.

These events are made possible by members of Glucksman Ireland House and Ireland's Department of Community, Rural, and Gaeltacht Affairs.

For a full list of all of our public events, including talks, concerts, lectures, poetry readings, book launches, and so on, please visit our main Spring 2008 Public Events Series page.

For a printable PDF of the above events, please click here.