How It’s New York: This is one of the programs at the Irish Arts Center, one of NYC’s hubs for all things Irish.
How It’s Irish: Any country’s language is part of its intrinsic culture, but it’s been a particular point of contention for the Irish: suppressed by the English, a marker of national pride and a base note of poetry that sets the music of how the Irish speak English. Irish Arts Center offers classes all year, too!

The day includes opportunities to speak Irish, as well as workshops in literature and song, films in Irish and more!

Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day 2012
Saturday, May 19 | 12pm – 5pm
No matter your current level, whether absolute beginners looking for a first experience of the language to fluent speakers, come celebrate the Irish language with the Irish Arts Center!
Immerse yourself with absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for adults. Meet other fellow language enthusiasts. Enjoy film screenings, conversation, Irish poetry read with translation and more.
New this year! A choice of workshops in literature, translation and song to deepen your understanding of and connection to the language in a fun and social way!
Please register in advance and plan to arrive by 11:45 am for check in.
Tea, coffee and snacks will be available throughout the day.
Irish Language Day Schedule 

12:00 pm Classes for all Skill Levels (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced)
Classes will be taught by:
Muireann Ní ChuívIrish Arts Center
Peadar Ó hÍcí, classes at Irish Arts Center and Rocky O’Sullivan’s
Caoimhe Nic GiollarnáithAdjunct Professor, Institute of Irish StudiesFordham University
2:30pm Workshops (choose one)LiteratureÓ Conghaile’s Short Story “Ag Ithe Daoine” – Reading, Discussion and Digestion with Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania).
Skill: intermediate/advanced
Development of Irish Language poetry since the beginning of the 20th century with Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith (Adjunct Professor, Institute of Irish Studies, Fordham University).
Skill: beginner
Introduction to Translationwith Muireann NÍ Chuív (IAC Irish language instructor)
Skill: intermediate/advanced
Irish songwith Louise KittThis is a good one to just sit and listen in. No singing participation required!
Skill: beginner/intermediate
3:30pm Tae agus Comhra break | Irish Arts Center Gallery
A chance to chat and practice what you’ve just learned, in a relaxed environment with your fellow Language Day students

4:00pm Poetry Readings with Translation | Irish Arts Center Gallery
4:20pm Short Films in Irish | Donaghy Theatre
“Fluent Dysphasia”  Written & directed by Daniel O’Hara and produced by Gráinne O’Carroll. Dough Productions, 2004. Courtesy of the Irish Film Archive.

Admission: $30 non-member / $25 IAC member / $15 students and seniors
If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.
Gwen Orel
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