TORONTO, November 20, 2009 -- Dr. John Kelly, Executive Director of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, visited the Celtic Studies Program on November 2. The Foundation has established a new program of exchange scholarships in the Irish Language between Ireland and Canada. Starting this academic year, 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 amon Cuv when he gave a Famine Commemoration lecture at St Michael’s on May 8, 2009. Six scholars from Ireland are now working at universities in Canada, and Celtic Studies is delighted to welcome Joanne Fahy as a language teaching assistant. 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. Celtic Studies was delighted to welcome Dr. Kelly on his recent visit to the universities involved in the project and to be able to tell him in person how much we appreciate having Joanne on campus.