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Irish Language Classes

        Waterloo:  Meeting weekly in the fall, winter, and spring.  Contact either Brendan Dillon at iowadillon@gmail.com or    Debbie Siech at;   seicher15@aol.com.
        Cedar Rapids:  Meeting weekly fall, winter, spring and semi-weekly during the summer.  Contact Wayne Shannon at   osenan@hotmail.com    Resources: Progress In Irish    Fairy Tales
        Des Moines:  Meeting twice a week.  Contact Caron Osberg at; cosberg@qci.com  or Sharri Kaura at; coolwaters12@mchsi.com
         Dubuque:   Group starting up.  Contact Robert Martin at rpmartin1886@yahoo.com
Cedar Rapids and Waterloo Groups:   CR and Waterloo
Des Moines Group:    http://learnirishdesmoines.blogspot.com. 

        Twin Cities:  Classes taught for 23 years.  Contact Gaeltacht Minnesota at info@gaelminn.org
                            University of Minnesota, email; stenson@tc.unm.edu
                            University of St. Thomas, email; frmoore@stthomas.edu  or  fintan@fintan.net

        Madison: celticcultural@hotmail.com
        Milwaukee:  gleefam@aol.com  or  gleeson@uwm.edu
Classes in Ireland   For adult classes in Ireland visit: http://www.oideas-gael.com/  The last class for 2009 is from October 23-26.

Why Irish?

        Why not Irish?  You know what is said about alzheimer's, one way to guard against alzheimer's is to learn another language, thus keeping your brain in condition.  Many of my ancestors came from Ireland.  How about yours?  So why not learn the language that they spoke, and perhaps get a feel of what kind of people they were.  Many people here in the U.S. are doing just that right now, so take the leap and join us at one of the above organizations.
            Why is it not called Gaelic?  Gaelic is of the Celtic family of languages.  One Celtic branch includes Welsh, Breton, and Cornish; while the other (Gaelic branch) includes Irish, Scottish and Manx.  It is Gaelic, but it is Irish Gaelic as opposed to Scottish Gaelic or Manx Gaelic, and referred to simply as Irish.  Irish speaking areas of Ireland are referred to as the Gaeltacht.    See the Gaeltacht at;  An Ghaeltacht   Langauge Primer atIrish Primer