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St Mary’s Welcomes New Irish Language Lecturer

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St Mary’s Welcomes New Irish Language Lecturer

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The Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has announced the appointment of a new Visiting Lecturer for Irish Language, Mr Christy Evans; a post which is funded by the Irish government. Mr Evans will teach Irish for beginners in a series of free classes which are available to the public and St Mary’s students alike, and advanced language classes to students studying St Mary’s MA Irish Studies programme. The lively, interactive classes are run on the University’s Strawberry Hill campus on Monday afternoons until April 2015. After post-graduate study at Keele University, Mr Evans travelled widely and noted that many languages in every continent were teetering on the edge of extinction. On his return to Britain he founded Coláiste na nGael, which currently runs 30 Irish groups throughout the United Kingdom. He initiated the annual International Festival of the Irish language, which has visited places as diverse as Iceland, the Basque Country and the Isle of Man. Mr Evans sits on the Council of the British Association for Irish Studies and took a leading role in having Irish admitted as a working language of the European Union. He won the European Commission Léargas Language Ambassador Award in 2006 and the Irish Post Pride of Ireland Award in 2007. He has taken over 200 teenagers on fieldtrips to the Gaelic-speaking islands and mountains of the Connemara region, and has appeared a number of times on RTÉ, the Irish state broadcaster. For further information about the Irish language classes, please contact MA Irish Studies Programme Director Dr Ivan Gibbons on ivan.gibbons@stmarys.ac.uk.
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