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2017

November 9, 2017
Peaceful Schools International hosted General de Chastelain. De Chastelain gave a talk entitled Northern Ireland Peace Process, 1994-2017. 

September 26, 2017
Genetic Insights into the Population of Ireland
was presented by Dr. Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. This was a joint sponsored program by An Cumann and the Irish Studies Programme. 

September 22, 2017
The Linguistics program hosted Dr. Stuart Dunmore of the School of Literature, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. This was part of the LIPS Talk! series. His talk was entitled Bilingual life after school: Opportunity, choice and ideology among former Gaelic-medium students.

September 12, 2017
On Tuesday, September 12th, Jim Kelly, the Irish Ambassador to Canada, visited Saint Mary’s University. Ambassador Kelly (second to the right) is pictured with Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail, The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies; Professor Bridget Brownlow, Conflict Resolution Advisor and a Senior Program Coordinator for the Northern Ireland Peace Education Program; Dr. Malcolm Butler, Vice President Academic and Research; and Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President, Saint Mary’s University.

 

June 16, 2017

Two of our students - Joanna Feniyanos and Svetlana Negoda were in Ireland during June to attend the ICUF summer school. The two of them along with our language instructer, John Prendergast, attended the 2017 ICUF awards ceremony at An Cheathrú Rua, Galway on the 16th of June.  

Pictured below, L-R: James Kelly (CEO ICUF), Joanna Feniyanos, Svetlana Negoda, John Prendergast, An tAire Stáit Seán Kyne (Former Minister of State of Gaeltacht Affairs). 

 

May 17-19, 2017

At Spring 2017 Convocation, a number of Irish Studies students graduated. Brandon Callahan is pictured below with Pádraig Ó Siadhail, chairholder of the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies. Brandon did a double major in Irish Studies and History (honours). He is a former ICUF Summer Scholarship recipient. Brandon plans to pursue a Masters in Divinity at Acadia University.

Bronson MacFarlane, this year's recipient of the Brian O'Brien Medal, is pictured below with Pádraig Ó Siadhail and Bridget Brownlow, Irish Studies instructor and senior organizer for the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project at Saint Mary's University. Bronson is the fifth student to receive this award, established in 2002 to recognize an exceptional student graduating in Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University.

Dr. Brian O’Brien, a long time benefactor of the Chair of Irish Studies and a stalwart of the Irish community in Halifax, has generously donated the O’Brien Medal. In establishing the O’Brien Medal, Brian was reinstating a practice which ceased when the Irish Christian Brothers left Saint Mary’s in 1940. A medal had been awarded annually in Irish History at Saint Mary’s and for the last time 1938; the final recipient being Edmund Boyd. Edmund presented his medal to the Chair of Irish Studies archival collection and is currently on display.

The O’Brien Medal serves both to honour the achievement of a graduating student in Irish Studies and to memorialize the contributions of two O’Briens who have played  pivotal roles in the history of Saint Mary’s. Rev. Richard Baptist O’Brien was the first President of Saint Mary’s when it acquired degree granting status in 1841. He served as president until he returned to Ireland in 1845. The other O’Brien whose name is commemorated is Archbishop Cornelius O’Brien who worked valiantly and successfully to have Saint Mary’s re-established in 1903 after it had been closed for financial reasons in 1881.

Bronson is a science student who majored in Biology and completed a minor in Irish Studies. He is also a former recipient of the ICUF Summer Scholarship.

Finally appearing with Pádraig Ó Siadhail is Sabih Abbasi. Sabih completed a dual degree in Science and Arts. In Science he majored in Geology. In Arts he majored in Asian Studies with a minor in Irish Studies. Besides learning Irish, he studied Scottish Gaelic as well.

We also congratulate Hannah Brown for her Irish Studies minor.

 

May 1, 2017

Photos: Svetlana Negoda (top left), Kelsey Everett (top right), and Joanna Feniyanos (bottom right)

 


Saint Mary’s University ICUF Irish-Language 
Summer School Scholarship Recipients 2017

Three Saint Mary’s University Irish-language students will be heading off to study Irish in the Conamara Gaeltacht this summer. The students have received Ireland Canada University Foundation scholarships, funded by the Government of Ireland, to attend Irish-language immersion courses offered by the National University of Ireland, Galway, at NUIG’s campus, Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, in an Cheathrú Rua. The scholarships cover course tuition, accommodation and meals for the duration of their courses. In addition, the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research, Saint Mary’s University, is providing funding to support the students’ travel to Ireland. This is the eighth year that SMU students have received such scholarships to attend these language courses.

Joanna Feniyanos, a Science major, and Svetlana Negoda, a Commerce major, have completed two introductory-level Irish-language courses during 2016-17. They will attend a three-week course in Conamara in June, during which time they will live with an Irish-speaking family. Kelsey Everett, an Irish Studies major in the Faculty of Arts who has finished intermediate-level Irish-language courses at Saint Mary’s, is returning to Ireland having participated in the three-week course last summer. This time she will attend a higher-level four-week immersion course in July and August.

The SMU students are eagerly anticipating their time in Ireland. Joanna Feniyanos says that ‘Learning a language in Halifax is one thing, but to be immersed in the culture of the people who speak it is another. There is so much to learn and experience with the Irish language, which is why being able to study in Ireland would be incredibly helpful and eye-opening. This opportunity would not only increase my knowledge, but open my mind to a different way of life. I could not think of a better way to inspire and motivate students to appreciate the beauty of this language.’  Like Joanna, Kelsey Everett began her Saint Mary’s career as a Science student. Following her trip to Ireland she switched to Arts and declared Irish Studies as her degree major. Commenting on her experience last summer, Kelsey ‘thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth classes and the events that were organized for us. I believe being able to experience the culture is just as important as learning the language itself.’ Unlike her fellow scholarship recipients, Svetlana Negoda is looking to enhance her Commerce education. ‘When I joined Saint Mary’s University, I was thrilled about the opportunity to study the Irish language….With further knowledge of the Irish culture, I will be able to improve economic connections between Canada and Ireland. I believe this will be a great benefit to both countries.’

The Irish Studies programme at Saint Mary’s University wishes the ICUF Gaeltacht Scholarship 2017 recipients the best of luck as they head into summer and their trips to Ireland. We look forward to hearing their stories and seeing their photographs! Go n-éirí go seoigh leis an triúr mac léinn.

 

March 2017

What Should I Read? Proposing a Canon for Literature in Irish - the D'Arcy McGee Lecture 2017 - On March 3rd, Philip O’Leary, Professor of English at Boston College and a faculty member in Boston College’s Irish Studies Program was this years, is one of the foremost authorities on twentieth-century literature in Irish

2016

November 2016
Healing Divided Societies: The Forum for Cities in Transition - This was a forum led by Padraig O'Malley on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. O'Malley holds the position John Joseph Moakley Chair for Peace and Reconciliation, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

August 2016


2016 ICUF Instructor John Prendergast

Irish Studies announces its newest ICUF member, John Prendergast, will be joining them this September. John Prendergast is delighted to be the ICUF Teagascóir Gaeilge at Saint Mary's University this year. John hails from the beautiful Tralee, Co. Kerry in Southwest Ireland. Having received a scholarship from the Government of Ireland in 2015, John is nearly completed an M.A. in Welsh and Celtic Studies from Cardiff University, Wales. John received his BCL (Law and Irish) undergraduate degree from University College Cork, Ireland. John's Master's dissertation focusses on linguistic justice and language rights, and his M.A. studies have drawn extensively from Canadian case studies and philosophy. John's research interests include applied sociolinguistics, language rights, and various aspects of Irish language literature such as poetry, drama and short stories. 

 

John has previously taught Irish language university courses at the University of Montana and at Cardiff University, and is go huile agus go hiomlán ar bís [very excited] to be joining the Irish Department at SMU this year. Passion for the Irish language comes naturally to John, who has worked extensively on Irish language promotion in Ireland with various different organisations. While here on the ICUF scholarship, John hopes to learn as much about Nova Scotia as possible and spread Irish culture far and wide around Halifax. He is eager to play a bit of hurling and football with the Halifax Gaels (if they will have him!) and is excited to strengthen links between the Canadian and Irish communities in the province. 

 

May 2016
Off to Irish-Language Summer School in Conamara


ICUF 2016 Summer Scholarships

Three Saint Mary’s University students are heading off to Ireland in early June to participate in a three-week Irish language credit course at the National University of Ireland, Galway, campus in an Cheathrú Rua, Conamara. Kelsey Everett, Robyn Darrington-Chapman and Kegan Crawford are this year’s recipients of the Ireland Canada University Foundation Irish Language Scholarships funded by the Government of Ireland, with additional support towards the students’ travel generously provided by the office of Dr. David Gauthier, Saint Mary’s University Vice-President, Academic and Research.

Kelsey is from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and is currently studying forensic science at Saint Mary's University. She completed two introductory-level Irish language courses in the last academic year. She says that she “chose to study the Irish language initially because I needed an elective course and Irish sounded pretty interesting. I can say that after doing two Irish language classes I’m definitely going to continue with it.” She views the course in Galway as a great opportunity “to learn a lot more than I could from a classroom in Canada. There's no better place to study the Irish language than in Ireland. I've always wanted to go to another country, so that definitely helped too.” Apart from her time in Conamara, Kelsey is “really excited to see all the touristy places like the Cliffs of Moher and Newgrange. I’m also looking forward to seeing all the old castles!”

A native of Halifax, Robyn is a first year student doing a double major in Criminology and Political Science with her minor in Irish Studies. She plans to go to Law School once she has finished her degree at Saint Mary’s. She began studying Irish at SMU “because my interest in Gaelic led me to look into Irish culture as well.” Robyn sees her time at NUIG “ as a once in a lifetime opportunity to study a language in a native setting.” She is also looking forward to visiting historical sites around Ireland.

Like Robyn, Kegan began to study Irish because of his interest in Scottish Gaelic. Since then, he says, “I have become very fond of the entirety of the Gaelic world.” Kegan, who is from Westville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is studying Linguistics and English as well as Irish and Scottish Gaelic at Saint Mary’s University. Asked about what he is looking forward to in Ireland beyond the language course, he says, “Oh! The hills! And the fields! And the waves of the sea! If I could I would want to see every inch of the Emerald Isle! But I am looking forward to seeing Connemara National Park and Newgrange. I'm mostly excited with climbing some hills though. I also figured it would be a good time to practice the old tin whistle as well while in Ireland; a nice and authentic experience.” Once he completes his studies at Saint Mary’s University, Kegan would like to go to grad school,” but as he says, “that’s a long ways off yet.” 

 

April 2016

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail the 2016 winner of the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award

On April 27th Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail was awarded the 2016 winner of the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. This is for his book Katherine Hughes: A Life and a Journey, Penumbra Press. Dr. Ó Siadhail was also actively involved with the Atlantic Book Award and Festival with a workshop and a reading.

 
Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail is the 2016 winner of the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing


Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising 2016 Centenary

This program was jointly presented by the Central Library, with the financial support of the Embassy of Ireland. Newsreels from 1916 where shown with music accompaniment from Cassie MacDonald. A presentation from Dr. Patrick Mannion of Memorial University on the reaction of Halifax towards the uprising.


Easter Rising Dr. Patrick Mannion

 Photo was provided by Pauline Murphy Sutow.


Easter Rising - Cassie MacDonald, Musician

Photo was provided by Pauline Murphy Sutow.

2015

October 2015
Heather Humphreys TD visits President Robert Summerby-Murray of Saint Mary's University.

On October 22nd, Heather Humphreys met with the university president and then had lunch with a number of the Irish professors and community members at the Old Triangle. She is currently the Minister of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht  in Ireland.


Heather Humphrey TD with President Robert Summerby-Murray 2015
Ireland's Professor of Poetry (2013-16), Paula Meehan speaks at Saint Mary's.

 
Paula Meehan

May 2015
Spring Convocation

 
Sarah Griffiths is the 2015 O'Brien Medal Winner 

Pictured above with Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail is Sarah Catherine Griffiths. Ms. Griffiths, who graduated at the 2015 Spring Convocation with Summa Cum Laude, was the recipient of the O’Brien Medal.  She is the fourth to receive this award, established in 2002 to recognize an exceptional student graduating in Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University. 

The O’Brien Medal serves both to honour the achievement of a graduating student in Irish Studies and to memorialize the contributions of two O’Briens who have played  pivotal roles in the history of Saint Mary’s. Rev. Richard Baptist O’Brien was the first President of Saint Mary’s when it acquired degree granting status in 1841. He served as president until he returned to Ireland in 1845. The other O’Brien whose name is commemorated is Archbishop Cornelius O’Brien who worked valiantly and successfully to have Saint Mary’s re-established in 1903 after it had been closed for financial reasons in 1881.

Dr. Brian O’Brien, a long time benefactor of the Chair of Irish Studies, one of the main figures in the Holy Cross Cemetery restoration project, and a stalwart of the Irish community in Halifax, has generously donated the O’Brien Medal. In establishing the O’Brien Medal, Brian was reinstating a practice which ceased when the Irish Christian Brothers left Saint Mary’s in 1940. A medal had been awarded annually in Irish History at Saint Mary’s and for the last time 1938; the final recipient being Edmund Boyd. Edmund presented his medal to the Chair of Irish Studies archival collection a number of years ago.

 

March 2015
CBC Radio Interview

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail did two interviews back to back regarding Katherine Hughes, the heroine of his book Katherine Hughes: A Life And A Journey. Click on the links below to listen to the interviews.

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail Interview on Katherine Hughes I 

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail Interview on Katherine Hughes II

D'Arcy McGee Lecture


2015 D'Arcy McGee Lecture


St. Patrick's Day - Irish Studies Information Session

On March 17th, students taking Irish Studies courses were invited to lunch. This allowed them the opportunity to meet with other Irish Studies professors and the International Activities Project Manager Miyuki Arai. Information on the upcoming courses, studying abroad opportunities, and scholarships were available.


St. Patrick's Day - Irish Studies Information Luncheon

Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture


9th Annual Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture will be Emma Donoghue author of The Room.

January 2015
Facutly Author Series

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail spoke at one of the Faculty Author Series regarding his latest publication.


Faculty Author - Pádraig Ó Siadhail 

2014

November 2014


Katherine Hughes book publication

Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail launched his book in Emerald and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

August 2014

 
2014 ICUF member Amy Mitchell

 The Irish Studies program is pleased to welcome this academic year's ICUF member Amy Mitchell. She was awarded a B.A. in Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish) and English from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in 2011. She is in the process of completing doctoral research in the Department of Modern Irish, NUI Maynooth, where she was awarded an internal scholarship in 2012. Her project examines representations of masculinity in the writing of the Irish-language poet Seán Ó Ríordáin. She has a keen interest in modern Irish-language literature, poetry in particular, gender, postcolonial and psychoanalytic theory.

 As part of her graduate programme, she has been given many opportunities to teach both the Irish language and Irish-language literature to undergraduates in the Department of Modern Irish, as well as to international students taking courses at NUI Maynooth. She looks forward to continuing this work at Saint Mary's and in Halifax, to discussing the Irish language, and culture, with students and locals and to promoting the language and culture through active engagement with the student body and wider community and the organization of cultural events. She also look forward to learning more about Canada, Canadian culture and the links between Canada and Ireland.

Spring 2014


2014 Spring Convocation

May 16 was a big day for many students. It was Saint Mary's University spring convocation. Lily Grace and Daniel Giesbrecht, Irish Studies graduates, were among the students who received their degrees that day. Pictured with them is Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail.

 
Daniel Giesbrecht awarded the O'Brien

Photo: Dr. Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary’ s University, presents Daniel Giesbrecht with the O’Brien Medal. 

Daniel Giesbrecht, who has graduated with an Irish Studies major and History (Hons), has been awarded the O’Brien Medal. Daniel is the third recipient of the award, established in 2002 to recognize an exceptional student graduating in Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Other recipients of the Medal are Ron Beed (2002) and Sandra Murdock (2004).

The O’Brien Medal serves both to honour the achievement of a graduating student in Irish Studies and to memorialize the contributions of two O’Briens who have played  pivotal roles in the history of Saint Mary’s. Rev. Richard Baptist O’Brien was the first President of Saint Mary’s when it acquired degree granting status in 1841. He served as president until he returned to Ireland in 1845. The other O’Brien whose name is commemorated is Archbishop Cornelius O’Brien who worked valiantly and successfully to have Saint Mary’s re-established in 1903 after it had been closed for financial reasons in 1881.

Dr. Brian O’Brien, a long time benefactor of the Chair of Irish Studies, one of the main figures in the Holy Cross Cemetery restoration project, and a stalwart of the Irish community in Halifax, has generously donated the O’Brien Medal. In establishing the O’Brien Medal, Brian was reinstating a practice which ceased when the Irish Christian Brothers left Saint Mary’s in 1940. A medal had been awarded annually in Irish History at Saint Mary’s and for the last time 1938; the final recipient being Edmund Boyd. Edmund presented his medal to the Chair of Irish Studies archival collection a number of years ago.

 


2014 ICUF Scholarship Recipients

This spring Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) offered three openings for the 2014 summer scholarships. This year's recipients are (left to right) Liam Tousignant-Ó Siadhail, Shawna Bowser, and Bronson MacFarlane.

Winter 2014


Beyond a Reel with Dr. Mark MacGowan

Beyond the Reel: The Irish Famine, Filmmakers and a Historian

This year Saint Mary's University was pleased to present the joint Donald Higgins Memorial Lecture and the D’Arcy McGee Lecture. Guest lecturer was Dr. Mark McGowan, author of Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847. The book was turned into an Irish-Canada docudrama, which was nominated for a Gemini and IFTA award.  Dr. McGowan gave an inside look at the filming of the docudrama in his talk Beyond the Reel: The Irish Famine, Filmmakers and a Historian.

 

 


poetry reading at the Old Triangle

A Poet and A Pint

Poetry reading was done for the months of February and March. Dr. Seá‌‌‌n Kennedy lead out in these intimate readings at the Old Triangle downtown Halifax. This provided opportunity for informal discussion around Ireland, culture, and politics at the time the poetry was being written. These occurred every Tuesday night for those two month.

 


Sisters of the Lodge Irish Film Series

Second film night for the Irish Film Series

For a second night, Irish Studies has co-hosted along with the Centre for European Studies at Dalhousie University and the Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at Nova Scotia Centre of Art and Design University. This film was shown at the NSCAD Screening on February 2nd. There were two movies/documentaries shown this night. 

  • 12 Days in July is an insightful documentary about the 1997 crisis at Dumcree, Portadown. Director Margo Harkin and her team gained the trust of the otherwise media-shy participants, allowing for highly detailed and deeply personal reflection on the issues Northern Ireland faced and the challenges that still lay ahead.
  • Sisters of the Lodge explores the ceremonies and traditions of the women behind the Orange Order. Allowed unprecedented access to this secretive order, filmmaker Alison Millar has made an intimate documentary allows these women an opportunity to voice their concerns, fears, and aspirations for their organization.

 


film produced by Margo Harkin of Derry.

Did you know that you could surf in Ireland?

Waveriders - 1st film night for the Irish Film Series 

This is the second year that Irish Studies has co-hosted an Irish Film Series with the Centre for European Studies at Dalhousie University and the Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at Nova Scotia Centre of Art and Design University. This film was shown at the NSCAD Screening on February 2nd. 

Waveriders is the story of Ireland’s connection to surfing from its reinvention in Hawaii in the early 20th century to the rapid growth of big wave surfing in Ireland today. 

Featuring renowned Irish, British and American surfers – Richie Fitzgerald, Gabe Davies, Kelly Slater and the Malloy brothers, the film is the realisation of a long term ambition by Dublin based Joel who teamed up Derry Producer Margo Harkin to make a cross border production on the spectacular nature of surfing in Ireland.


 2013

Fall 2013

Dr. Liam Ó hAisibéil joins Irish Studies for the academic year.

Dr. Ó hAisibéil is the 2013 ICUF member. He will be with the Irish Studies program until spring 2014. He will be working with the Irish language students.


The New Irish Language instructor at Saint Mary's University is Liam Ó hAisibéil.

 

Spring 2013

Irish Film Series

Three Halifax universities collaborated to bring the work of celebreated Irish filmmaker Pat Collins to town. Dalhousie, Saint Mary's Uuniversity and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design staged three Sunday-evening screenings over the course of March, April and May.

In March, they featured Silence (2012). Pat Collins’ lush debut feature film is about an Irish sound recordist living in Berlin, who returns to his homeland to traverse the woolly, windswept landscape, further and further away from civilisation.


Pat Collins' film Silence.

In April, they featured two of Pat Collins' documentaries: Oileán Thoraí: a documentary on Tory Island (2002) and Tim Robinson: Connemara (2011). Two documentaries, one which intimately captures the life of Ireland’s most remote island communities, and the other which provides a visual interpretation of the work of Tim Robinson, Ireland’s most celebrated map maker.

 

In May, they featured two of Pat Collin's short documentaries: Abbas Kiarostmi: The Art of Living (2001) and Taibhsí i mBéal na Gaoithe: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (2008). These documentaries were about the celebrated Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and the celebrated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (who we encounter here on the Aran Islands).


Pat Collins' film Abbas Kiarostmi: The Art of Living

 

March 15, 2013

The Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture - David Adams Richards

This year the Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture was pleased to present David Adams Richards. He revisited his classic 1976 novel and read from sections that have never before been heard in public.


David Adams Richards, 2013 Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecturer


2012

September 2012

2012 ICUF Member – Sean Ó Ruairc

Sean O Ruairc has a First Class Honours BA in History and Irish from University College Dublin (UCD) and has a First Class Honors MA in Irish from UCD also, where he was on a full scholarship. He has been teaching in a Gaelscoil Secondary School in Dublin for the past year, while at the same time completing an MA in 20th century Irish History. Sean has received two Awards from the National University of Ireland for his Undergraduate Results in Irish. He also has taught in numerous Irish Language Summer Schools over the past 8 years.


Sean O Ruairc

 

August 18, 2012

Saint Mary's University Students Complete Emmersion Program

on August 13th in An Cheathrú Rua in Galway, an unprecedented 13 Canadian scholars of the Irish Language were awarded scholarships in an event that was attended by the Minister for State for the Gaeltacht, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, the Vice President of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Professor John Kelly, our Executive Director. Jeff Woods (top) and Alexander Berry (bottom) represented Saint Mary's University.

 


Jeff Woods accepting ICUF Certificate.


Alexander (Sandy) Berry being presented with the ICUF Certificate.


2011

October 24, 2011

Power and Politics: an Irish Senator's Perspective

An Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the Irish Senate gave a free public lecture on the Irish Senate where he outlined the constitutional position of Seanad Éireann, the election process to the Seanad, and describe the powers of the Seanad. Then later in the afternoon, he met with students from the intermediate level of the Irish Language.


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September 2011

Two new ICUF members join Irish Studies for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Dr. Regina Uí Chollatáin, Senior Scholar, and Caitríona Ní Chonchúir, Language Assitant, are joining the Irish Studies Programme at Saint Mary’s University for the academic year 2011-2012. Dr. Uí Chollatáin is the Director of the UCD de Bhaldraithe Centre for Irish Language Scholarship, and a lecturer in Modern Irish in the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics. Her main areas of published research in both Irish and English include, print and broadcast Irish language media, the Revival period, and modern Irish literature and criticism. Caitríona Ní Chonchúir, a native of Cork, is a primary school Vice Principal in a Gaelscoil in Cork city.


2011 ICUF Members, Caitriona and Regina

June 2011

Irish Language Scholarship

Daniel Giesbrecht will be attending a month long language course in western Ireland this summer. A second year student at Saint Mary's, Daniel has been studying Irish Gaelic as part of his Irish Studies Major. A generous financial award from the Ireland Canada University Foundation will cover tuition and accommodation costs for the duration of the programme, which is run by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Bursaries from SMU will cover the bulk of travel costs. “There is no better way to improve fluency in a language than through immersion. I'm really looking forward to experiencing life in a Gaeltacht region where Irish is still widely spoken by the majority of the population. I'm thankful for this opportunity. "


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Daniel playing Bocce in his hometown of Gibsons, BritishColumbia - June, 2011.
Photo submitted by Daniel Giesbrecht

May 20, 2011

Convocation

Three Irish Studies majors at the 2011 Spring Convocation are being congratulated by Pádraig Ó Siadhail, D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies. Starting from the left is Georgia Marie Maracle of Tyendinaga, Ontario; Kathleen E. Hill of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; and in back is Zachary J. Reid of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.


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Photo provided by Kathleen Hill

May 19, 2011

Dinner with Ray Bassett, Ireland's Ambassador to Canada - Holy Cross Cemetery Trust

Bridget Brownlow, Program Coordinator for The Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project at Saint Mary's University and Sailí Ní Dhroighneáin, 2010/2011 ICUF Irish Language Teaching Assistant both attended the Charitable Irish Society Dinner. Sailí sung the Irish anthem and then led the guest in the Canadian anthem.


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May 17, 2011

Ambassador from Ireland to Canada visits Saint Mary's University

The Irish Ambassador to Canada, Ray Bassett (far right) visits with representatives from the local Irish Community. Pádraig Ó Siadhail, D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies; Bridget Brownlow, Program Coordinator for The Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project at Saint Mary's University; Sailí Ní Dhroighneáin, 2010/2011 ICUF Irish Language Teaching Assistant; Brian Doherty, of the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax; and Helen Ferguson, Cultural Consultant.


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March 17, 2011

The Charitable Irish Society Dinner - Celebrating 225 Years


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These photos were taken by Nicole Luttrell.

March 11, 2011

The D'Arcy McGee Lecture

James Smith of Boston College spoke on his research into the Irish Magdalen landries. A good crowd of 50 people came to hear him. Mr. Smith discussed his research and responses from both the state and the church. For more information on his book, go to: http://undpress.nd.edu/book/P01180.

February 11, 2011

The Cyril J. Byrne Memorial Lecture

The 2011 guest speaker for the Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture was the acclaimed Irish novelist, Anne Enright. The former RTÉ television producer is author of The Wig My Father Woreand The Gathering(Man Booker Prize for fiction). Enright has a new book due out in April of this year. It was a great opportunity for her to introduce The Forgotten Waltz. Enright has been on tour in North America, visiting cities like New York and Boston. Saint Mary's was excited to be included on her tour.


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Guest speaker, Anne Enright refers to her notes during the talk.