CE | Irish Studies Course

CE | Irish Studies Course

  • Continuing Education: Community Learning

    Irish Studies


    From Gaelic games to language, literature, and music, this comprehensive course offers a multifaceted exploration of Irish culture and heritage, inviting participants to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Ireland and Irish culture.

    Format and Dates:

    This 12-week course is comprised of 2-hour weekly in person sessions on Tuesdays in Fall 2024 – starting on Tuesday September 3, and running to Tuesday November 19, from 6pm-8pm. The series will also include opportunities to practice Gaelic football, hurling, and Irish Dancing outdoors on the St. Mike’s campus.


    The course will be held inside Alumni Hall Room 400 (121 St. Joseph St, Toronto). On September 10 and September 17, students will also be taken outdoors for the second hour to practice football and hurling.

    • Week 1: The Gaelic Athletic Association
    • Week 2: Amateurism in the Gaelic Athletic Association (followed by an introduction to playing Gaelic football)
    • Week 3: Nationalism in the Gaelic Athletic Association (followed by an introduction to playing hurling)
    • Week 4: History of the Irish language + sociolinguistic behaviours in Ireland today
    • Week 5: Irish language for beginners
    • Week 6: Irish language for beginners
    • Week 7: Irish language for beginners
    • Week 8: Contemporary Irish language poetry
    • Week 9: Traditional Irish Music: Comhaltas and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
    • Week 10: Irish dancing (theory and practice)
    • Week 11: Contemporary Irish literature (focusing on Sally Rooney’s Normal People)
    • Week 12: Conclusion

    About the Instructor:

    The series will be led by Pa Sheehan. Pa is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Celtic Studies Program at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) in the University of Toronto. He has taught courses such as Introduction to the Irish Language, Intermediate Irish, Writing Ireland, Traditional Music in Ireland and Scotland, Blasket Island Writings, Sport in Ireland, Celtic Mythology, The Celtic Book and The Celts in the Modern World.

    Hailing from Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, Ireland, Pa grew up with a passion for the Irish language and the sport of hurling, two passions he has brought with him to Toronto, both in his professional and personal life.

    Pa also hosts a podcast, ‘Irish in Toronto’.

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