The Irish Cultural Center and Elms College have been very fortunate over the last ten years. We have had an opportunity to receive wonderful Irish language instruction from talented teachers from a range of different backgrounds. These men and women have been fantastic cultural ambassadors who have added greatly to our community in Western Massachusetts.
The ICC would like to thank this past year’s Fulbright, Yvonne White, for all of her work. She helped to set up a new Conradh na Gaeilge chapter and taught the intermediate class for the Center. In addition, she was an instructor and lecturer at Irish Language Days in Fairfield and Boston. Unfortunately, we were unable to see Yvonne at our Lá na Gaeilge this year because of the pandemic, but she still continued to teach her class through Zoom from Ireland. Thank you from all of us!
As the new academic year approaches , we are delighted to welcome Brigita Gallagher. Gita is a native of Destyx, Knockglass, Ladysbridge, County Cork. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCC, concentrating her course work in Irish, French, and Education. Presently, Gita is teaching high school in Cork. She will be a frequent guest at the Center, so please introduce yourselves and welcome her.
The last academic year was strange for all of us taking and teaching courses. Out of necessity, we used Zoom or other apps to complete the five non-credit classes through the Elms and ICC. Thank you to Kathleen Gilhooly for finding the right way to stay in touch with her students and to finish the semester. In an odd way, this break with the traditional classroom format may foster more hybrid programs going forward. Perhaps there will be more opportunities for conversation utilizing online learning.
All of our non-credit Irish Language courses will be offered on Zoom for this fall semester. All registration information is available here. We need to have the registrations completed by the end of the month so the instructors can send Zoom invites to you to attend the classes.
Although it is a different start to the year, we are ready to help you with your language journey. There are many ways to become involved with this program. If you are new to the ICC and interested in learning this rich language, give us a try. If you have taken classes, challenge yourself to learn more and help our newer members. As an obair a fhaightear an fhoghlaim. (It is out of work that learning is gotten.)
– Gerald Costello
Irish Language Instructor and Language Committee Chair