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Talking of being home in Ireland.  I was on Inishturk Island for the last week.  It's one of the most beautiful places o...
08/21/2021

Talking of being home in Ireland. I was on Inishturk Island for the last week. It's one of the most beautiful places on God's green earth. Would anyone out there in Celtic Studies Land like to take a spot quiz about this gorgeous island, which stands guarding the entrance to Clew Bay?
1. What is the Irish etymology of the name Inishturk?
2. How far off the "mainland" is it?
3. What is the current population of Inishturk?

The winner gets...?

Talking of being home in Ireland. I was on Inishturk Island for the last week. It's one of the most beautiful places on God's green earth. Would anyone out there in Celtic Studies Land like to take a spot quiz about this gorgeous island, which stands guarding the entrance to Clew Bay?
1. What is the Irish etymology of the name Inishturk?
2. How far off the "mainland" is it?
3. What is the current population of Inishturk?

The winner gets...?

08/21/2021

Hello students and friends of Celtic Studies. Andrew Kincaid here. I'm in Ireland right now, so I can't be at Irish Fest, but Bairbre and the crew would like everyone to know about an event being held today, Saturday, August, 21st down at Irish Fest. At 5.30 PM, the local Craobh Curtin branch of the Gaelic League will mark many years of collaboration with UWM's Celtic Studies program. Everyone is invited to stop by and celebrate a real team effort in spreading our love of the Irish language with everyone in the city and beyond.

De Satharn, 21 Lúnasa (SATURDAY, August 21), 5:30 PM. Join us in the Ceardlann na Gaeilge tent to celebrate CCS agus Con...
08/21/2021

De Satharn, 21 Lúnasa (SATURDAY, August 21), 5:30 PM. Join us in the Ceardlann na Gaeilge tent to celebrate CCS agus Conradh na Gaeilge, agus our very own Bairbre Ní Chiardha. There were whispers of a cake!

Going to Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend? Come see CCS the Irish Language tent in the Cultural Village and say Haigh!
08/20/2021

Going to Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend? Come see CCS the Irish Language tent in the Cultural Village and say Haigh!

Going to Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend? Come see CCS the Irish Language tent in the Cultural Village and say Haigh!

Tomorrow! Oideas Gael memorial for John Gleeson, with Zoom link. You need to fill out a short form for access.
07/27/2021

Tomorrow! Oideas Gael memorial for John Gleeson, with Zoom link. You need to fill out a short form for access.

Beidh oíche ómóis do John Gleeson ar siúl mar chuid de Scoil Samhraidh Oideas Gael, Dé Céadaoin 28 Iúil ar 8.30pm (2.30pm in Milwaukee). Más mian leat freastal ar an imeacht beo ar Zoom, líon an fhoirm ag an nasc thíos, le do thoil.

This year's Oideas Gael Summer School features a night in honour of John Gleeson on Wednesday, July 28th at 8.30pm (2.30 pm in Milwaukee). If you would like to join via Zoom, please fill out the short form at the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgP-bRCKPgBdOoqmNkNJ-cduSTYHBwIcQO-nHXjM4eZ6JUBw/viewform

Students of the UWM theatre department have turned J.M. Synge's *The Pl***oy of the Western World* into an audio play. K...
04/28/2021
Pl***oy of the Western World | UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

Students of the UWM theatre department have turned J.M. Synge's *The Pl***oy of the Western World* into an audio play. Kudos to the cast and production team! You can listen to the performance here:
https://uwm.edu/arts/theatre/season/playboy-of-the-western-world/

Performance Pl***oy of the Western World is our fourth (of five) productions in Theatre Fest ’21. We have reimagined this classic as an old-time radio drama. Our Pl***oy is a tour de force of sound engineering and voice-acting. Listen as we dive into J.M.... Read More

Next Friday, CCS co-director José Lanters is taking part in a webinar organized by NUI-Galway. She will be talking (amon...
03/04/2021
Irish Women Playwrights: Research, Teaching and Professional Practice

Next Friday, CCS co-director José Lanters is taking part in a webinar organized by NUI-Galway. She will be talking (among other things) about how she has used Irish women playwrights in her UWM classes.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-women-playwrights-research-teaching-and-professional-practice-tickets-143998791261

Dr Melissa Sihra (TCD), Dr David Clare (MIC, UL), Prof. José Lanters (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Dr Shonagh Hill

Upcoming event from Boswell Books:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wOlCaHDCTmOz04mco3q5Ew
02/07/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul, in conversation with Daniel Goldin. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Upcoming event from Boswell Books: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wOlCaHDCTmOz04mco3q5Ew

Boswell presents an afternoon with Rónán Hession, author of the debut novel LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL, finalist for the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the year, part of the An Post Irish Book Awards. Now that's the way to brand an award! In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musicia...

Happy 262nd birthday, Robert "Rabbie" Burns!
01/25/2021

Happy 262nd birthday, Robert "Rabbie" Burns!

11/05/2020

A funeral mass for John Gleeson will be held on Friday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee 53202. Seating will be socially distanced, and you are welcome to attend. Please note that the small Cathedral parking lot is reserved for staff members, and that street parking near St John's is metered and limited. There are several parking garages and lots in the vicinity of the Cathedral, including at 530 E. Mason Street, 795 N. Van Buren Street, and 780 N. Jackson Street.

08/15/2020
Milwaukee Irish Fest

John Prendergast and Bairbre Ni Chiardha talk about Irish place names and the Irish words you didn't know you already knew.

John Prendergast takes on a journey around Ireland and teaches us about Irish language place names, such as on road signs
throughout the island, how to pronounce phrases, and what they mean! Then, Bairbre C Ni Chiardha talks to us about how the
UWM Celtic Studies program promotes the Irish Language at Irish Fest each year. Thank you John and Bairbre for doing such a
wonderful job showcasing the native language of Ireland! Slainte!

Learn how you can support CelticMKE here: https://irishfest.com/athome.htm

06/14/2020

Enroll now in Celtic Studies classes for Fall 2020! (Note new 1-credit online class in Irish dance!)

Celtic 103 (First Semester Gaelic)

Celtic 133 (Celtic Crossings)

Celtic 192 (First-Year Seminar: New Celtic Cinema)

Celtic 203 (Third Semester Gaelic)

Anthro 305 (The Celtic World)

English 306 (Survey of Irish Literature)

Spt&Rec 292 (Social and Creative Dance: Irish in Shape)

Some super photos from today's Celts on Campus. Thank you Clan Beglan!
03/10/2020

Some super photos from today's Celts on Campus. Thank you Clan Beglan!

Hello everyone.  Another great Celtic event tomorrow, Tuesday, afternoon.  This one is on campus.  Celts on Campus featu...
03/09/2020

Hello everyone. Another great Celtic event tomorrow, Tuesday, afternoon. This one is on campus. Celts on Campus features the wonderful dancers of Clan Beglan. The performance of jigs, reels and more will be from 11 AM to 1 PM in the UWM Concourse. Come one, come all! Green cookies agus Irish phrases freisin.

Celtic Studies friends!  Please note the day and time of this weekend's talk.  It will be great.  Brian Ó Conchubhair wi...
03/03/2020

Celtic Studies friends! Please note the day and time of this weekend's talk. It will be great. Brian Ó Conchubhair will present on Douglas Hyde's visit to Milwaukee in 1905. This public lecture begins at 1 PM on Saturday at the Celtic Milwaukee Center in Wauwatosa. Go n-éirí an bóthar libh!

Hello Friends of Celtic Studies, The Irish Language Immersion Weekend is fast approaching.  See the attached flyer.  It ...
02/12/2020

Hello Friends of Celtic Studies,

The Irish Language Immersion Weekend is fast approaching. See the attached flyer. It will be held from March 6 to 8th at Celtic Milwaukee in Wauwatosa. Please do consider registering so you can brush up on your language skills! The Douglas Hyde Memorial Lecture, held on the Saturday, promises to be brilliant: Brian Ó Conchubhair will discuss Hyde’s visit to Milwaukee in 1906 (hope I got that date correct!).

Feicfimid sibh go léir ansin

The lovely Irish language students in CEL 203 bought us a tea-set to go with the Michael D. teacosy. Go raibh maith agai...
12/16/2019

The lovely Irish language students in CEL 203 bought us a tea-set to go with the Michael D. teacosy. Go raibh maith agaibh!

Join us on Sunday, December 15th, for the annual reading of James Joyce's famous short story, "The Dead". Set in the hom...
12/09/2019

Join us on Sunday, December 15th, for the annual reading of James Joyce's famous short story, "The Dead". Set in the home of the writer's aunts on Usher's Island, the story captures the hospitality of a Dublin Christmas party in times past. Read by members of Milwaukee Irish Arts and the UWM Center for Celtic Studies, the story will get you into the holiday spirit! County Clare Irish Inn, 1234 N. Astor Street, 3:00 pm. Free and open to the public: bring a friend!

12/02/2019
Irish Celtic Adventure

céad míle fáilte

Join John Gleeson on this once in lifetime trip as he shows you around his homeland!

Are you interested in discovering Ireland?
Join us on a 10 day adventure as we travel through the Emerald isle June 8th to 17th, 2020. You will have your personal tour guide, Johnny Gleeson, show you around his homeland. John is a world renowned Irish storyteller, speaker & play right. He has also been name Irish Man of the Year & Top 100 Irish People in American by Irish America Magazine.

The cost of this once in a life time trip is $3,750 per person. This include round trip airfare from Chicago, 9 nights in top rated hotels through out Ireland, 2 meals a day & entrance into numerous cultural sites & events. A non-refundable down deposit of $300 is required to reserve your spot.

We had a lovely Samhain celebration last night. Thanks to Blackthorn Folly for great music, to Colleen Halverson for a w...
11/01/2019

We had a lovely Samhain celebration last night. Thanks to Blackthorn Folly for great music, to Colleen Halverson for a wonderful talk, and to everyone who braved the snow and the goblins to be with us!

Join us on Thursday, October 31, for our annual festive Samhain/Celtic Halloween Celebration. We will have live music by...
10/24/2019

Join us on Thursday, October 31, for our annual festive Samhain/Celtic Halloween Celebration. We will have live music by Blackthorn Folly, a short film, fantastic food, fortune telling, and a fascinating talk about Fairies and other otherworldly beings by fantasy author Colleen Halverson. Come in costume and win a fabulous prize. Free and open to the public. Bring family and friends! Hefter Center, 6:00 pm.

10/16/2019

We have three great events coming up in the next few weeks!

On Monday, October 21, Reel Ireland will present the movie “The Journey”, a fictionalized version of the negotiations between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during the Northern Irish Peace Process (County Clare Irish Inn, 6:30 p.m.).

On Thursday, October 31, the Center for Celtic Studies will host their annual Samhain/Celtic Halloween celebration with live music by Blackthorn Folly, a talk by author Colleen Halverson on “Revenants, Banshees, and Tales from beyond the Veil”, a short movie, food, and all sorts of fun! (Hefter Center, Lake Drive, 6:00 p.m.).

On Friday, November 1, professor Ray Cashman (Folklore, Indiana University) will present the annual Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture, “Reflections on Community from Irish Folklore” (CelticMKE Center, Wauwatosa, 7:00 p.m.).

Complete details for each event will be posted nearer to the date. All events are free, and everyone is welcome. Spread the word!

Come and join us on Wednesday, September 25, for our annual Kick-Off-the-Semester Ceili. Learn new dances or brush up yo...
09/19/2019

Come and join us on Wednesday, September 25, for our annual Kick-Off-the-Semester Ceili. Learn new dances or brush up your skills to live music by Ceol Cairde, and enjoy a performance by the Scottish Country Dancers. No previous experience necessary. It's fun! Free and open to all -- bring a friend! In Greene Hall on the UWM campus, from 6:00-8:30 PM.

09/14/2019

By popular demand John Gleeson is presenting "Reel Ireland", a Fall festival of contemporary Irish Film.

This series of four movies begins Monday, 16 September, 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Joyce Room, County Clare Inn, 1234 N Astor Street, Milwaukee.

Come along to watch "Parked", a story about homelessness, friendship, and the will to survive adversity. This drama movie starring Colm Meaney was directed by Darragh Byrne.

09/09/2019

Drop by our Open House tomorrow (Tuesday 9/10) in our Celtic Studies office, Merrill G42, between 2:00 and 4:00pm, It is a friendly way to meet and mingle informally with fellow students and CCS faculty.

Stop by the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday morning, 11 September, in the Union Ballroom East, between 9:00 and 1:00. Learn about our Ireland Colmcille program and other study abroad options.

Save the date for the CCS annual Kick-Off Céilí, in Greene Hall, Wednesday, September 25th. More details later this month.

Na Gaeil Chicago instructor and friend of CCS Karen Reshkin will be interviewed on Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh’s Raidió na Li...
08/26/2019
Raidió na Life

Na Gaeil Chicago instructor and friend of CCS Karen Reshkin will be interviewed on Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh’s Raidió na Life program “Fada is Fairsing” Tuesday, 2019-08-27. Listen in at 1:30PM Chicago time (7:30PM in Ireland). Look for a discussion of teaching Irish in American and a new teaching resource by the “meitheal Milwaukee” introduced at Milwaukee Irish Fest this month.

Tune in to Raidió na Life http://www.raidionalife.ie/
and click “Éist Beó”/"Listen Live":
27.08.2019 13:30 (19:30 in Éirinn)
28.08.2019 20:30 (02:30 29.08.2019 in Éirinn)
29.08.2019 8:00 (14:00 in Éirinn)

Beidh teagascóir Gaeilge de chuid Na Gaeil Chicago, Karen Reshkin, faoi agallamh ag Lisa Nic An Bhreithimh Dé Máirt, 2019-08-27. Éistigí leis an gclár Fada is Fairsing ar Raidió na Life ag 1:30IN am Chicago (7:30IN in Éirinn). Táthar súil le plé faoi chúrsaí theagasc na Gaeilge i Meiriceá agus acmhainn theagaisc nua atá idir lámha ag “meitheal Milwaukee” a nochtadh ag Milwaukee Irish Fest an mhí seo.

08/12/2019

As we are gearing up for the Fall semester, please stop by and visit us this week at Milwaukee Irish Fest to find out about our classes and upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you at the Fest Grounds and at CCS events later in the year!

A million thanks to all our students for taking our classes this past academic year, and to all our supporters for atten...
05/11/2019

A million thanks to all our students for taking our classes this past academic year, and to all our supporters for attending our events. We celebrated the end of the semester with great music by Athas and lovely songs in Irish by Danielle Gedemer. Have a happy summer, and see you at Irish Fest in August!

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I went to the Glen last year and wanted to share my photos. Please enjoy
A clip of the music set from last night
Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge
MILWAUKEE, Aug 20 - UWM's Center for Celtic Studies supports the mission of the 2017 Milwaukee Irish Fest and celebrates the grandest of all birthdays.