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Irish College of Minnesota

Coláiste na nGaedheal Minnesota

History and Literature ~Stair agus Litríocht

An old black and white photo taken in 1902 of the city of Saint Paul in the distance, framed by tree branches.

The Establishment of the Irish Community in St. Paul 1860-1914

The Establishment of the Irish Community in Minnesota. This course offers a survey of the unique and important role played by Irish people (both Catholics and Protestants) in the founding of Minnesota, 1850-1920. The relationship of the Irish to other immigrant groups, including the "Yankee" establishment, and the disproportionate influence of the Irish in early Minnesota history will be emphasized.

6 sessions. Monday 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28.  Class fee: $120 at the door on Sept. 23; $108 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Online payment reflects the discounted rate; we ask that you still email to confirm.

  • Registration: Please email the instructor, John Davenport at jbdave50@hotmail.com
    • Next semester we will introduce a simple registration form, which will streamline the administration of Irish College classes.
  • Payment: Pay online or bring a check made out to Celtic Junction Arts Center to the first class.
Profile image of Joyce with beard, glasses, and large coat. He appears a bit moody and aloof here.

A Beginner’s Guide to James Joyce’s Ulysses

Widely considered the most influential (and perhaps the greatest) novel of the twentieth century, Joyce’s 1922 masterpiece is a feast of comic invention and linguistic exuberance. Famous for its multi-layered stream-of-consciousness innovations, it is at its simplest one day in the life of three Dubliners: Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus on June 16, 1904. The course is ideal for anyone who always wished to tackle Joyce’s novel in a fun yet focused class that emphasizes his essentially comic and humane vision of life.

8 sessions. Mon 8:00-9:30 p.m. September 23, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18. Class fee: $160 at the door on Sept. 23; $144 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Online payment reflects the discounted rate; we ask that you still email to confirm.

  • Registration: Please email the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell at Patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu
    • Next semester we will introduce a simple registration form, which will streamline the administration of Irish College classes.
  • Payment: Pay online or bring a check made out to Celtic Junction Arts Center to the first class.
"The Rough Field" book cover by John Montague

Reading Irish Poetry: John Montague and his contemporaries

Discover the richness of the poetic achievement of John Montague by reading his work in conjunction with selections from Patrick Kavanagh, Maire, Eavan Boland, Austin Clarke, Tom McCarthy, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. The instructor will provide the text The Rough Field by John Montague which is INCLUDED in the class fee.

6 sessions. Wednesdays. 8:00-9:30 p.m. Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Class fee: $150 at the door on Sept. 25; $135 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Online payment reflects the discounted rate; we ask that you still email to confirm.

  • Registration: Please email the instructor, Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw: TDREDSHAW@stthomas.edu
    • Next semester we will introduce a simple registration form, which will streamline the administration of Irish College classes.
  • Payment: Pay online or bring a check made out to Celtic Junction Arts Center to the first class.
Black and white photo of an old, large house surrounded by fog and a single bare, creepy tree.

Boo: The Art of the Ghost Story

Ghouls, spirits, the Undead. What makes a story scary? In this three hourlong class, we will explore the history of the ghost story, ghost stories from around the world and the elements that make up a scary tale. You will have a better understanding as to why we tell these stories and what makes them creepy. Bring a sweater, you’re sure to shiver!
Five ghost stories will be supplied by the instructor.

1 session. Saturday 11 a.m. -2 p.m. October 19.  Class fee: $60 at the door on Oct 19; $54 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Online payment reflects the discounted rate (only till Oct 15th!); we ask that you still email to confirm.

  • Registration: Please email the instructor by Oct 15th. Jacqueline Hesse at jch68@comcast.net
    • Next semester we will introduce a simple registration form, which will streamline the administration of Irish College classes.
  • Payment: Pay online or bring a check made out to Celtic Junction Arts Center to the first class.
Spooky spirit image

Seeing Through the Veil: Ghosts, Spirits and Other Spooky Beings

Natalie Fowler, a practicing psychic medium and published author, will talk about the different psychic gifts and help participants understand the tools we use within our own bodies to connect with “the other side.” She will explain the difference between ghosts and spirits and talk about the various ways a house can be “haunted”. Lastly, she will talk about the different realms and dimensions to help participants better understand where ghosts exist and how they get stuck…and if there is anything else out there on the other side of the veil.

1 session. Friday, October 18. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $60 at the door on Oct 18; $54 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Online payment reflects the discounted rate (only till Oct 15th!); we ask that you still email to confirm.

  • Registration: Please email the instructor by Oct 15th. Natalie Fowler at njfowler@mac.com
    • Next semester we will introduce a simple registration form, which will streamline the administration of Irish College classes.
  • Payment: Pay online or bring a check made out to Celtic Junction Arts Center to the first class.