Christine Kinealy, author of “This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 and 14 other books on the Great Hunger has been appointed Professor of Irish Studies at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and will also be director of the Great Hunger Institute at the university.
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The Irish Cultural Museum has opened in the French Quarter, New Orleans. It tracts the arrival of the Irish in the 18th Century through the present day including the building of the New Basin Canal in the 1800′s when thousands of Irish immigrants perished.
Amid claims that the Irish language is in decline, the Gaeltacht Bill has been proposed which will offer a truer picture of the Gaeltachts. Designated areas will be based on linguistics rather than location creating 19 language planning areas. In Northern Ireland, the establishment of a Gaeltacht area is ongoing in West Belfast.
The Conway Mill Trust Board has announced that it is creating a financial aid grant program designed to assist returning students to complete their high school equivalency certification. The program aims to help students 19 years of age and older who have not completed secondary education to achieve General Course Secondary Education (GCSE) certification. The [...]