The KCIC is thrilled to partner with Gaelchultúr and the Fulbright Commission of Ireland for our first ever 3 level language weekend! There is no better way to to kick start or improve your Irish language skills than to spend a full weekend immersed in speaking, and listening to, the language. We will divide participants into Beginner, Improver and Intermediate levels.
Space is limited. Reserve your spot for the weekend.
- $180 for Non-KCIC Members for all sessions – includes tuition and light refreshments
- $150 for KCIC Members for all sessions – includes tuition and light refreshments
Tickets may be purchased below.
Friday, March 24
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, March 25
9:30am – 5pm
Sunday, March 26
9:30am – 5pm
Éamonn Ó Dónaill is originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair. He spent six years (1996-2002) working as Director of the Department of Modern Irish’s Language Centre, UCD, and subsequently worked as a language consultant. Éamonn was editor of the online magazine Beo! from its establishment in 2001 until September 2007. He was also a director of Sult Ltd, the company which ran an Irish language club, Sult, in Dublin city centre between 1999 and 2007. Éamonn was on the founding committee of Raidió na Life, the Dublin-based Irish language community station which was established in 1992, and he spent several years broadcasting with the station on a voluntary basis. He has been language co-ordinator of two television series aimed at learners: Turas Teanga, which was broadcast by RTÉ in 2004, and Now You’re Talking, which was shown on BBC and RTÉ in 1995. He also wrote the books which accompanied those two series. Éamonn’s latest books are Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level (2010), Gaeilge gan Stró! – Lower Intermediate Level (2009) and Gramadach gan Stró! (2008/2011) (www.siopa.ie). In 2010, Gaelchultúr published QuickGuide Irish Grammar, a glance card which Éamonn wrote with his colleague Helen Hegarty. Éamonn has been Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education since 2005.
Ian Corless is an Irish elementary school teacher who is working as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in the Irish language at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He graduated from NUI Galway in 2009 with an honours degree in Irish and Translation Studies. He then completed a Post Graduate diploma in Irish-medium Education in St Mary’s University College, Belfast. He has been working as an elementary school teacher in Dublin for the last two years. Ian is excited to join us for Irish Language Immersion Weekend in Kansas City!
Brian Ó hAirt is an advocate of the Gaelic languages and a fluent speaker of Irish Gaelic. He has received degrees in Linguistics, Anthropology, Celtic Studies, Traditional Music, and Post-Colonial Theory at the universities of Wisconsin, Limerick, and Galway. Brian has also spent extensive periods of time in the various Irish-speaking districts of Ireland studying its language and culture. In 2010 he became involved with the language-based non-profit group Language Hunters and subsequently helped develop a system of teaching languages through gameplay. His work with LH also helped him cultivated connections with the Scots Gaelic communities of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton as well as with the revitalized Gaelic speaking community on the Isle of Man, where he has visited and learned alongside inspired local advocates of the language. Brian currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he organizes game nights for the Irish, Scottish, and Manx Gaelic communities. He’s thrilled to be returning to KC for this Language weekend – his 8th with us.