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January 2020

Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

January 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

January 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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February 2020

Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Celtic Pilgrimage with St. Columba

February 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Class: Come join us for a two-session “pilgrimage” in the footsteps of Saint Columba, a 6th-century Irish monk and missionary to the land we now call Scotland. We will discuss what is known of his early life and banishment from Ireland, his mission, his founding of monasteries at Iona and elsewhere, his miracle-working, and – importantly – his central and on-going place in Celtic Christianity in Ireland and Scotland.Instructor Kathryn Wehr will lead us with an interactive blend of information,…

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 11, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish Blessings and Curses

February 13, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Class: One can curse in Irish in devastating fashion without being crude. Yet one can also wish one well with unparalleled elegance and economy of words. “May your path be always safe.”There are no limits to the language mastery in this literary jewel, with expressions that are sought after, and curious phrases that can delight or upset an acquaintance. Beginning and returning students in this morning class will immerse themselves in this rich yet accessible world of quirky and idiosyncratic…

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish Blessings and Curses

February 20, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Class: One can curse in Irish in devastating fashion without being crude. Yet one can also wish one well with unparalleled elegance and economy of words. “May your path be always safe.”There are no limits to the language mastery in this literary jewel, with expressions that are sought after, and curious phrases that can delight or upset an acquaintance. Beginning and returning students in this morning class will immerse themselves in this rich yet accessible world of quirky and idiosyncratic…

Find out more »

Irish Blessings and Curses

February 20, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Class: One can curse in Irish in devastating fashion without being crude. Yet one can also wish one well with unparalleled elegance and economy of words. “May your path be always safe.”There are no limits to the language mastery in this literary jewel, with expressions that are sought after, and curious phrases that can delight or upset an acquaintance. Beginning and returning students in this morning class will immerse themselves in this rich yet accessible world of quirky and idiosyncratic…

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

February 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

February 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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March 2020

Irish language Children’s Books

March 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

March 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

March 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

March 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

March 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty  

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Irish language Children’s Books

March 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Ros na Rύn

March 10, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Class: Watching, Listening and Discussing an Irish Soap Opera Ros na Rύn. One of the best ways to grasp a language is to pay attention to its popular cultural forms. The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life – between love and relationships, business and family, neighbors who agree and disagree, and much more. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Everyday Celtic Spirituality – Lent and Easter

March 11, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Class: Come explore the treasure trove of material in the Carmina Gadelica (Latin, “Gaelic Songs”), an extraordinary 19th collection of Celtic prayers, hymns, charms and rituals for everyday activities collected by Scotsman Alexander Carmichael in the western islands of Scotland. Using an interactive style and music, instructor Kathryn Wehr will explore how this material links to the older and on-going features of Celtic Christianity, particularly recognizing and welcoming God’s presence in our everyday lives.This class will follow the pattern of…

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

March 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Irish language Children’s Books

March 23, 2020 - March 24, 2020

Class: Deepen your knowledge, appreciation, and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Prep-European Certificate in Irish/TEG

March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Class: Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults. This course is designed for the A1 level.Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty

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Whiskey Tasting

March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
$30.00

Join Irish hosts Kieran Folliard and Gerry Diver for stories and tastes of some of Ireland’s finest whiskeys in the elegant Eoin McKiernan Library. 

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April 2020

Irish Blues Legend Rory Gallagher

April 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10.00
Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher, from his early days growing up in an Ireland new to rock'n'roll, to gaining the admiration of musical giants like Jimi Hendrix and Brian May.

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Irish Language Blessings and Curses

April 21, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$10.00
Blessing and Curses in Irish

There are no limits to the language mastery in this literary jewel,  with expressions that are sought after, and curious phrases that can delight or upset an acquaintance.  Join Lavinia Finnerty as she shares some of these gems, and stories from her own upbringing.

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An Evening with James Joyce

April 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$10.00
Celtic Phoenix Theatre

Staged Readings illuminating the life and work of this world-famous modernist genius, James Joyce (1882-1941).

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Drawing Celtic Mythology

April 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10.00

Learn how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, and landscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation in a class for beginners, returning students who have taken the class before, and enthusiasts at all levels.

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Murder Ballads from Ireland and Elsewhere

April 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10.00
Murder Ballads

$10. Held in the McKiernan Library. Courtney Buck discusses and sings songs about murder from across the pond with ballads and stories that made it from Ireland, Scotland, and England to the mountains of Appalachia and beyond. This event is part of the Irish Arts Week. 

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Colloquium – O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

April 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize 2020 Winner, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, in a conversation with Lavinia Finnerty. The discussion will be, at least partly, in Irish.

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New Hibernia Review Panel & Discussion

April 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New Hibernia Review cover art

Free. Discussion of the  New Hibernia Review, its history and importance and significance as the quarterly journal created by the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Irish Studies since the 1990s led by David Gardiner, the new Director of the Center. A discussion of one or more recent articles follows.  This journal is the cornerstone of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, New Hibernia Review offers plainly argued writing on Irish life and culture for…

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Lecture – Despair in the Heartland

April 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:40 pm
$10.00
Connemara Patch, a painting

$10 Jane Kennedy tell the story of the Connemaras of Graceville.  Featuring original research, this substantive talk will present an account of how Connemara emigrants from Ireland’s western seaboard suffered through and survived one of Minnesota’s harshest winters in 1880.  This event is part of the Irish Arts Week.

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