Irish Language Classes Start This Fall

People around the world study the Irish language as a way to preserve the culture and to connect to the soul of Ireland. The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and Elms College are pleased to offer a range of Irish language classes for the 2016/2017 academic year.

We are pleased to bring to campus our eighth consecutive Irish Language Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Paul Snee, from Sligo. Snee is looking forward to acting as an ambassador for the Irish language, and the opportunity to further his career as an Irish language educator, to share and impart his knowledge of the language and its culture to his students. In addition, he says, “I would take immense pleasure in being able to introduce traditional Irish-style sean-nós singing, Gaelic football, and some of our valuable Irish language literary heritage to my students.“ Snee will teach the Intermediate/Advanced class on Wednesday evenings, which may be taken on a credit or non-credit basis.

In addition, experienced Irish teachers from the ICC will instruct non-credit course offerings. First Year Irish, designed for those who have no, or very little, knowledge of the language, will be taught by Kathleen Gilhooly on Tuesday evenings. Gerald Costello will teach Second Year Irish on Monday evenings. Costello will teach third Year Irish on Tuesday evenings, and Gilhooly will teach Fourth Year Irish on Saturday mornings.

Classes begin the last week of August and take place at Elms College. The cost is $150 for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year classes, and $175 for Intermediate. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount. View the schedule and registration details.

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