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Idaho State University’s Friends of Irish Studies will host Irish Language, Music and Culture Weekend Immersion April 13-14

March 7, 2019

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Friends of Irish Studies club will host Irish Language, Music and Culture Weekend Immersion April 13-14.

This event will comprise a traditional Irish music workshop, traditional Irish dance lessons, history and folklore lectures and language classes. Four instructors , three who are from Ireland, will participate in the following areas of expertise:

  • Garth Lambson—Irish Folklore: Lambson is an adjunct instructor in ISU’s English department. He started the friends of Irish Studies Idaho to share his love of the Irish language and culture with fellow learners.
  • Orla O’Connor—Irish Language: O’Connor, who is from County Cork, completed a Bachelor of Education degree at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 2012. O’Connor has a keen interest in Irish medium education and second language acquisition. O’Connor is this year’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at ISU.
  • Mary Beth Taylor—Irish Dance: Taylor has been living and dancing in Dublin since 2002. She is a registered Irish dancing teacher with An Coimisiún le Rincí. She teaches different styles of traditional dancing to learners of all ages. She was invited to perform at the Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus for St. Patrick’s Day 2019. Taylor is passionate about Irish culture and loves sharing the joy of traditional dance and music.
  • Orla Ní Chonchúir – Fiddle, Irish Language: Ní Chonchúir is an award-winning fiddler from Ireland who is studying at ISU on a music scholarship. Orla is active in the symphony and the pub-music scene.

This is a unique opportunity presented by The Friends of Irish Studies. The classes will be held at the Southeastern Idaho Public Health building at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive. The cost of the weekend is $75. Register by April 7 to secure a spot.

For more information or to register, contact Garth Lambson at irishidaho@ymail.com or at 208-851-1147.  



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