Dr. John Kelly, Executive Director of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, visited the Celtic Studies Program on November 2, 2019. The Foundation has established a program of exchange scholarships in the Irish Language between Ireland and Canada. Starting in 2009-2010, with funding from the National Lottery and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Foundation is providing a number of Irish Language teaching assistantships and visiting professorships which will be tenable at Canadian universities which offer substantive courses in the Irish Language.
This initiative was announced by Irish government minister Eamon O Cuiv when he gave a Famine Commemoration lecture at St. Michael’s College on May 8, 2009. Six scholars from Ireland are now working at universities in Canada.
Celtic Studies was delighted to welcome Joanne Fahy as our first language teaching assistant for the academic year 2009-2010. Joanne returned for a second year in 2010-2011.
Joanne has been working with students in the introductory and intermediate Irish classes, and has also been teaching two evening classes to interested members of the general public.
In 2010-2011 we also welcomed as ICUF Senior Scholar, Dr. Peter Smith (Peadar Mac Gabhann) from the University of Ulster. Dr. Smith taught courses on Early Celtic History, Intermediate Irish language and Seventeenth-century Prose Texts. He also gave a public lecture on "National Identity and the Pagan Past: An Irish Poet's Perspective c. AD 1000".
Celtic Studies was delighted to welcome Dr. Kelly on two visits to the universities involved in the project and to be able to tell him in person how much we appreciate having Joanne and Peter on campus.
Daithi O Ceallachain was with us for the 2011-2012 academic year. Daithi is teaching Introductory and Intermediate Irish Language courses. In addition, he has organized informal conversation groups and is planning events for a Seachtain Gaeilge in March.
Our current visiting scholar is Noel O Murchadha. Noel is teaching Introductory and Intermediate Irish Language and has been working with students on their conversational skills. He gave a public lecture on March 26, 2013.