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Irish Language

Over 2,000 years old, the Irish language boasts the oldest living literature in Western Europe. Despite colonial attempts to destroy the language – it is alive and well – and here at Brookdale! Instructors at all levels have earned the Fáinne Óir, and our classes are informal, fun, and stress-free. 

Irish Language instructors, Caoimhin Cleary, Donncha Quinn, Maire Lean Shevlin, Rath DeHoust
Designed for beginners to fluent speakers, students will be divided into groups, each with its own instructor, based on abilities and needs. Groups will interact with one another and participate in joint activities. Whether you’re looking to dive into the Tain Bo Culaigne or just pick up a few phrases for travel, this program will work for you! 10 SESSIONS
Sect 1: ON CAMPUS, *Thurs, Sept 16-Nov 18, 7-8:30 pm
(for all levels)
Sect 2: ZOOM option (for advanced level students only)
Fee and Code: $119, XIRIL 025
*please note: dates in the brochure are incorrect class begins as indicated above on Sept 16th 

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The Great Irish Potato Famine – Some Perspective at 175 Years
Friday, December 3

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Henry McNally, MA, Fordham, Irish historian, recipient of the 2019 Eoin McKiernan Award

No Greater Love
The Hunger Strike In Ireland

 Forty years ago, the Hunger Strike, long a part of the Celtic tradition, reemerged in Ireland, changing the dynamics of Northern Ireland Politics and setting the stage for an eventual peaceful end to “The Troubles.” Those who died gave their lives freely and willingly for a cause in which they believed, enduring literally months of agony; they died as patriots and as heroes. Examine the events leading to the adoption by political prisoners of this extraordinary measure.

First four sessions will offer detailed coverage of Long Kesh and the “H Block” prisons, the “Criminalization” policy instituted by England, the Blanket protest, the “No Wash” response and finally the Hunger Strike. The lives of each of those who died will be chronicled in some depth.
Course will conclude with a presentation on the County Armagh Women’s Prison and the hunger strike undertaken by equally heroic Republican women protesting their treatment as common criminals and not political prisoners. Learning experience will be enhanced by viewings of relevant film clips and YouTube videos. 5 SESSIONS
Sect 1: On Campus Thurs, Oct 7-Nov 4, 10:30 am-noon
Sect 2: ZOOM Fri, Oct 1-29,10:30 am-noon
Fee & Code: $79, XIRIG 154 

Maureen Dunphy-Brady, MA, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, Irish historian

Ireland’s “Petticoat Pilots:” Female Aviators of the 1900s 

Meet the first women pilots to take to the skies in Ireland in the 1900s. These daring trailblazers competed in flying competitions, set world records in altitude and distance flying, and flew long-distance solo endurance flights. Their impressive feats, combined with their glamorous, aristocratic lifestyles, made newspaper headlines and their names were known all over the world. Although their stories are largely forgotten, these women were remarkable pioneers in the early days of aviation and their stories are a thrilling part of the history of flight. 4 SESSIONS
ZOOM Mon, Nov 1-22, 10:30 am-noon
Fee & Code: $79, XIRIG 155

Rath DeHoust, Irish language and literature lifelong learning instructor

Contemporary Irish Short Stories 

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that hold the most mystery. And so, it is with the Irish Short Story, where the works of contemporary writers present a representation of the Individual, the Community, and the Nation. From history and the passage of time to gender and power, join us as we explore and compare the works of Colum McCann, Claire Keegan, Edna O’Brien, Kevin Barry and others. Stories will be sent upon registration.
ZOOM Mon, Nov 1-22, 7-8:30 pm
Fee & Code: $69, XIRIL 157

Book Talk 
The Terror War by Joseph E.A. Connell

 Join author and Irish historian, Joe Connell for a discussion of his latest publication, The Terror War which examines the trauma of the times – both the exceptional and the ordinary. A diverse range of issues will be addressed including; the establishment of an Irish intelligence network in Ireland; Bloody Sunday and its effect on British intelligence (was Bloody Sunday terror for both sides?); the mirror-like use of terror in the war; the results of the war – did the Irish ‘win’ and achieve their goals? Was there really a ‘revolution’ in Ireland or just a changing of the guard?

Talk followed by Q&A and book signing.

Mon, Dec 6, 10 am-noon
David Warner Student Life Center, Parking Lot 7
Fee and Code: $45 includes book, coffee and light refreshment, XIRIG 156

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Lifelong Learning

FALL 2021