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Institute for Irish-American Studies at CUNY

Irish Language - An Ghaeilge

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From left to right: Dr. Martin McAleese and the President of Ireland Mary McAleese with NYC Irish Language Instructors Tomás Ó h-Íde and Elaine Ní Bhraonáin at the Consulate General of Ireland in NYC.


We welcome all to participate in our Irish language courses as undergraduate students, Encore students (60 years and older), or Friends of CUNY-IIAS (adult education). We encourage students to take elementary level courses in the hybrid format, 50% of class time face-to-face and 50% on-line. Intermediate level courses are also offered in this format. Advanced level literature courses are offered 100% on-line. All levels can be taken 100% on-line for students with special needs. Skype on-line video conferencing is used in addition to the Blackboard software in these cases. We are fortunate to have a visiting Fulbright FLTA for the past four years teaching many of our courses. Presently, Siobhán Ní Mhaolagáin from University College Dublin and Prof. Thomas Ihde are teaching in the program. Máire Ní Neachtain from An Spidéal, Úna Ní Fhátharta from the Aran Islands, and Prof. John Gillen from Hostos Community College are collaborating in curriculum development. Please see our program web page below, our Minor page, and our textbook page.

Irish @ Lehman College, CUNY [Program Page]

Minor in Irish Language and Literature [Video Samples]

Colloquial Irish [Elementary Textbook] (This link takes you away from CUNY websites.)



















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