Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Introduction to Irish language literature and poetry, April 4 - June 6

Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm (10 weeks). Located in the EMLClass fee: $180 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $200 (on the night of the class). Payment: Cash or check payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty. Contact her: l.seoighe3@gmail.com   

Deepen your knowledge, appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading accessible selections from its classic and contemporary literature in both prose and poetry. The instructor will supply a booklet (for $10.00) of readings. The class will begin with a brief history of Irish literature, and then move on to some of the most distinguished Irish writers: Pádraic Mac Piarrais, Pádraic Ó Conaire, Máirtín Ó Díreáin, Máire Aine Nic Ghearailt, Jackie Mac Donnacha, Ciarán Ó Fáharta, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Gabriel Rosenstock, Eamon Ó Loinsigh, Caitlín Maud and Ré Ó Laighléis.[Note: students should have taken at least one course of Beginner’s Irish prior to this class.]

A native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, Lavinia Finnerty graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Lavinia has many years’ experience in teaching Irish in both Ireland and internationally. In Ireland she taught Irish in the Galway Community College to high school students and night classes for adult learners. Lavinia has worked at Coláiste Chamuis, a summer immersion language school for high school students in Connemara and she has taught the preparation classes for the Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge exam, a requirement for elementary teachers who wished to teach in Ireland but who obtained their education abroad. Lavinia has provided private tutoring in Irish classes to both high school and university students in Ireland and internationally in Australia where she taught adult learners and more recently in the Bay Area, California. Whilst in California she also prepared learners for the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, a European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency, and taught transition Irish classes to a wide range of students who were returning home to the Irish Education system. Now Lavinia has found herself here among us in the Twin Cities and is keen to share her passion for the Irish language.

The instructor will also lead a free weekly Conversation Circle/Ciorcal Comhra at a local coffee shop beginning on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00-12:00 for any Irish language learner who wishes to practice their speaking/listening skills.