Housatonic Community College to offer Irish language course

Published: Monday, December 14, 2009, New Haven Register

BRIDGEPORT — Irish II, a continuation of the Irish I course offered in the fall semester, will be offered next semester at Housatonic Community College.

The Irish II course, which is the only one of its kind being offered for credit at a Connecticut community college, will focus on both language and culture. Irish 101 is a prerequisite.

“The course will cover the elemental aspects of the language — grammar, vocabulary, syntax — so students will be able to read, write and speak the language,” said instructor John Feeney. “It will also cover the history and culture of Ireland, especially as it relates to the language.”

“The best way to learn about the heart and soul of a people is to learn their language.” he added. “There is no better way to learn the customs and culture of a people than to learn their language and experience how they express their ideas and views of the world and life.”

Irish is spoken extensively in parts of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry, all on the west coast, and also parts of counties Cork, Meath and Waterford. Although all of the population of these areas speak English, these are the only parts of Ireland where Irish is still spoken as a community language.

The course will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. in Room 135 in Beacon Hall.

For more information, contact Feeney at 203-417-1700 or Admissions at 203-332-5100.