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CJAC’s McKiernan Library

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States

September 2019

Irish Language Open House

September 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Irish Storytime

Did you know that we have classes in the Irish language? Come meet our lovely native Irish speaker and instructor from Connemara, Lavinia Finnerty.

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Class: Irish Community in St. Paul 1860-1914

September 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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How the Irish, both Catholic and Protestant, helped shape MN and their relationship with other immigrant groups.

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Class: James Joyce’s Ulysses

September 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Ideal for anyone who wishes to tackle Joyce’s novel in a fun yet focused class that emphasizes his essentially comic and humane vision of life.

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Class: Irish language Children’s Books

September 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Increase your Irish language proficiency by reading children's books in Irish.

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Class: Writing Poetry in Irish

September 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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A great way to grasp Irish is to read and write poetry in it!

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Class: No Sweat Irish 2

September 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Informal Irish for relative beginners of all ages.

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Class: John Montague and His Contemporaries

September 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Born in Brooklyn, raised in Ireland, discover the richness of the poetic achievement of John Montague.

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Class: Drawing Celtic Mythology

September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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The principles of formal composition and color theory will be applied to the inspirational mythic and iconic imagery of the Celts.

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Class: Prep for the European Certificate in Irish

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Preparation for the TEG, administered by Maynooth University.

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Class: Celtic Heroes and Living Mythically

September 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Using the writing of Joseph Campbell, we explore universal mythic archetypes and the hero's journey.

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October 2019

Staged Reading: Yeats and Lady Gregory

October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre will present two readings of short plays from the early years of Celtic national theater:  On Baile's Strand by W.B. Yeats and The Gaol Gate by Lady Gregory.

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

October 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Haunted St. Paul

Do You Believe in Ghosts? Seeing Through the Veil to Understand Ghosts, Spirits and Other Spooky Beings

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Class: Boo: The Art of the Ghost Story

October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Ghouls, spirits, the Undead. What makes a story scary?

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Colloquium: The Hurley-Makers Son with Patrick Deeley

October 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Patrick Deeley, author of The End of The World and 2019 recipient of The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, will read from his memoir The Hurley-Makers Son. A discussion will follow. 

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November 2019

O Riada Party & No Pressure Potluck

November 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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We will listen to the flagship competition of the Oireachtas, Corn Uí Riada. This competition crowns the champion of the old style sean nós singing with participants from around the globe.

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Class: Ten Tunes to Rule Them All, The Celtic Music Diaspora

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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This research-based survey course tells the tale in terms of 10 (or so) classic tunes and songs that crossed the Atlantic and came to “rule” regional repertories across North America.

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December 2019

Class: Everyday Celtic Spirituality – Advent and Christmas

December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Get acquainted with the Carmina Gadelica (Latin, “Gaelic Songs”), an extraordinary collection of Celtic prayers, hymns, charms and rituals for everyday activities like lighting the morning fire, milking the cow, traveling, plowing or going to sleep.

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What Is Democracy? Film Screening and Director Q&A

December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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What is Democracy? Film poster.

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we take for granted. Skype with filmmaker after screening.

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January 2020

Free Colloquium: A lecture by Irish musician and author Fintan Vallely

January 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CJAC’s McKiernan Library, 836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Fintan Vallely - Bodhran in Irish Music

Join Irish musician, writer and researcher Fintan Vallely for an illustrated talk exploring the history of the popular Irish drum, the bodhrán, and how it came to join Irish dance as a percussive element in Irish music.

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