Monday, December 24, 2012


Beannachtaí na Nollag, a Chairde !!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cultural Programs at the GDICC

All of our Cultural Activities will be showcased this Sat. (Sept, 29th) at our Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Event!  There will performances by traditional musicians, students, set dancers, céilí dancers, and learning Irish for children as well as exhibits.  You can meet the teachers who run our many activities.  Come and see the many cultural activities available for you and your children at the GDICC!
I teach Irish language classes at the Center.  For more information visit:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Registration for Fall 2012 Irish Language Classes

Registration for the Fall 2012 term is now open!

12 week term for Beginners and Intermediate classes.  Beginners meet weekly at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center on Sat. mornings starting Sept. 15th at 10 AM for 1.5 hrs.  The Intermediate class meets mid-week via SKYPE starting Tues., Sept. 11th (may move to Wednesdays) at 9 PM ET.  Instructor:  John Feeney – The Irish Gaelic Circle of CT.  Call 203-417-1700 or e-mail:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Intermediate Irish Language Class - Summer Program

Cuirfear tús ar an rang go luath. 

Classes will start on Tuesday evening at 9 PM ET on July 10th and will run for a 5 week term.  The class will meet online via Skype.  The syllabus for the class will be designed when a majority of the class is registered so that an appropriate program can be developed to take into account the various levels in the class.  The Skype software is available for free and is an easy download and set-up. 

For additional details and to register call 203 417-1700 or email:  We are also on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Taím tnúth le labhairt leat go luath.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gleanntáin Ghlas Gaoth Dobhair-the Story Behind the Song

Visit the following link shared by Máiréad Ní Mhaonaoigh of Altan.  Francie was her father.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Irish Conversation Group for Beginners

An Irish Conversation group for beginners will start at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center on Sat., June 9th at 10 AM.  Build your conversation skills in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere with other learners.  The group will get together over a 6 week period.  This will build on what was learned in our first year class and is open to anyone who is a beginner in Irish language.  For additional information, call or email.  Slán tamall!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Daltaí's Weekend in Esopus, May 2012

Daltaí na Gaeilge's Irish Immersion Weekend

Daltaí posted their pictures from the weekend in Esopus, NY.  There was an excellent turnout for classes from Beginner to Fluent Speakers as well as workshops in Set Dancing and Tin Whistle.  There were also lectures on Irish expressions and a lecture by last year's scholarship winner on her trip.  Saturday night also featured a seisiún and Céilí.  Bhí a lán spraoi agus craic ann.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Irish Language Teacher Workshops Hosted by the Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission from Ireland is hosting two workshops in America for Irish language teachers from various colleges and Irish organizations in this country.  I had the opportunity to attend the first one which was held this past weekend in Manhattan at Glucksman Ireland House from noon on Friday to noon Sunday and it was excellent. The workshop was attended by 30 instructors mostly from the TriState area with some from Texas and Pennsylvania.   A second workshop is being held this weekend May4-7th in Chicago.  The enthusiastic group enjoyed the company of Irish speakers with plenty of time for conversation during the workshops, lunch and dinner.  Fintan O'Toole, Assistant Editor & Columnist at The Irish Times, gave an interesting and enjoyable presentation on Friday evening entitled "What's Irish about Irish Culture".

Colleen Dube, Stiúrthóir (Executive Director) of the Fulbright Commission explained at the start of the weekend that the Irish Government is continuing to reach out to the Irish Diaspora both here and around the world. Research performed last year indicated that Irish language classes were being taught at 50 colleges and at 30 Irish cultural organizations around the States. The support of Irish culture and heritage here in America has been a source of amazement in Ireland and has had a strong impact on the attitudes in Ireland towards the Irish language.  The government wants to encourage and strengthen these bonds by supporting the teaching of Irish in this country.  With funding from the Irish Government’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and National Lottery, the Commission is providing the tuition, venue and materials for these workshops.

The specific content and format of the workshop was developed by Ailín Ní Chonchúir after previous consultation with the participants concerning needs.  Originally from the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Kerry, Ailín Ní Chonchúir has been involved in the teaching and learning of Irish for many years. She worked as Irish Officer in University College, Dublin (1998-2001) where she also designed Irish syllabi and taught the language. She is currently Director of the Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge d’Aosaigh (Certificate in the Teaching of Irish to Adults) at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and project manager and principal syllabus designer of An Mheitheal um Theagasc na Gaeilge ar an Tríú Leibhéal (Working Group for the Teaching of Irish at Third Level), an inter-university project leading to the development of new syllabi for the teaching of undergraduate Irish. In addition to these activities, she produces Irish-language syllabi and learning resources for a number of state bodies and institutions throughout Ireland.

The workshop provided excellent networking opportunities in addition to discussions with the executive director, Colleen Dube, concerning the Commission's plan on expanding the role of Fulbright Scholars at the colleges and at local Irish Cultural organizations such as the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Irish Language Immersion Weekend

Daltaí na Gaeilge is having their Irish Language Immersion Weekend for those interested in this beautiful and ancient language of ours. May 11-13th. Suitable for complete beginners to cainteoirí dúchais. Visit or see them on Facebook.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Time Change for Beginner's Irish Language Class

The Beginner's class on Saturday mornings will meet a half hour earlier at 10:00 AM to improve scheduling at the Greaer Danbury Irish Cultural Center.  Slán go fóill!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Conference: The Twenty Year Plan for the Irish Language in North America

An Fiche Bliain atá Romhainn: Taighde agus Teagasc na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh.
(The Twenty Years Ahead: Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America)

I was invited to this conference (The Institute of Bilingualism) in Ottawa, Canada last October to present a paper on the cultural activities of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC) in CT, in general, and, in particular, for teaching the Irish Language.  My presentation included the activities of the GDICC and the activities of other Irish organizations and universities in CT.  The presentations were all in Irish and the link is the video to the afternoon session where the presentation was made.  My talk runs in the segment from 18 to 32 minutes.  The conference included presentations by universities and local Irish organizations with Irish language programs.  The intent of the conference was to assess the current situation and to plan for the future.

IRISH Thursday PM Session from Wandering Through on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Piece on Irish Americans in New York on St. Patrick's Day by TG4

Here is an interesting piece with some speakers that you may know.  You can find excellent programming in Irish on the Internet at  Enjoy!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Masses in Irish for the Feast of St. Patrick

There will be Masses in honor of St. Patrick on Saturday, March 10th, 9 AM at St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield, CT and on Saturday, March 17th at 11 AM at St. Peter's in Danbury, CT.  Members of the Irish Gaelic Circle will do several of the readings and prayers in Irish.  Open to the public. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Irish language classes cancelled this morning at the GDICC-Jan 21, 2012

A chairde:
Due to the road conditions our classes are cancelled for today.  Classes will resume next Saturday. 

Ó! Féach an fear sneachta
Ó! Tá sé go deas:
Tá hata dubh ar a cheann
Agus carbhat glas

Fear sneachta, fear sneachta,
Fear sneachta bog bán;
Fear sneachta, fear sneachta.
Amuigh ar an mbán.

Tá cnaipí ina chóta
Agus píopa ina bhéal:
Ó!  Tá sé go hiontach,
M'fhear sneachta féin.

A very appropriate poem for today about a snowman.  Well-known in Ireland.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Irish Language Classes to Resume in January

The Beginner's class will start again on Saturday, Jan 21st at 10:30 AM (at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center).  The Intermediate class will start on Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 9 PM on Skype.  (Skype is free and very easy to use and you just call in from home...). 

The classes are conducted in a friendly atmosphere where we learn the language and culture of Ireland.  Contact me if you have any questions or would like to register for a class.  Looking forward to talking with you as Gaeilge!