Away from The Troubles


Celebrating 50 Years of the Minnesota Children’s Program of Northern Ireland

Fifty years ago, Minnesota became the first state in the U.S. to establish a Children’s Program of Northern Ireland (CPNI) – a project that gave temporary respite to the “Troubles” occurring in No. Ireland. The program engaged over 4,000 families in Minnesota and neighboring states by bringing young children to enjoy a fun, violence-free Midwest summer. This class will showcase the program’s work and will include interviews with participating families and Program leadership.

You may attend this class in person (in our new classroom upstairs opposite the McKiernan Library at the Celtic Junction) or remotely via Zoom. 

1 Hybrid session. Thursday. 2 – 3:15 pm. February 16.  

Class fee: $25

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail it to the Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Jane Kennedy at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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