The Wild Geese Offers New Program 'Irish College 2008' at SHU

News Story: October 5, 2008

The Wild Geese, based in Fairfield County, will offer a new program, "Irish College 2008", on Saturday, November 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at University Commons on the campus of Sacred Heart University.This is the first program of its kind open to public for all those interested in Irish and Irish-American culture and history in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY.November 1 is the first day of the traditional Celtic New Year.

The seminar will kick off with a presentation by Niall Burgess, Consul General of Ireland in New York, on "The Changing Face of 21st Century Ireland".Other lecturers will include Dr. Karen Overbey of Tufts University, speaking on "Irish Mythology in the Nation’s Art", Dr. Mark Doyle of Amherst College, speaking on "Update on Northern Ireland" and Ray O’Hanlon, Chief Editor of the Irish Echo will address "Irish-Americans and the 2008 Presidential Election".

Tuition for the seminar is $85 which includes all presentations, study materials and lunch. SHU faculty, staff and students may attend the seminar, including lunch, for a reduced fee of $25.00. For further information and reservations, those interested should contact Eileen Heaphy, Executive Director of The Wild Geese at 203-325-1750 or Deanna Fiorentino, Director of the Center for Irish Cultural Studies at Sacred Heart University, at 203-365-7626.

The Irish College 2008 is supported by the Bank of Ireland and SHU’s Center for Irish Cultural Studies.

The Wild Geese is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and transmit the Irish experience by supporting programs that enable Americans of Irish descent and all friends of the Irish people to recognize and treasure the rich history and traditions of Ireland as well as her significant contributions to western civilization.