In The News
Áille na hÁille - A Terrible Beauty
September 21, 2016
Fairfield, Conn. - The Gaelic American Club of Fairfield and the Center for Irish Cultural Studies at Sacred Heart University will host Áille na hÁille (A Terrible Beauty): A Suite in Honor of the Heroes of 1916 at the Edgerton Center for Performing Arts on Oct.29 at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call the Edgerton box office at 203-371-7908 or visit edgertoncenter.org.
Kevin Crawford: The Irish Flute
September 14, 2016
Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Center for Irish Cultural Studies and the Department of Music will host Irish flute player Kevin Crawford on Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. in M102 in the main academic building on campus.
Student Serves Internship in Ireland
July 8, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—A Sacred Heart University sophomore is the first student enrolled in SHU’s semester program in Dingle, Ireland, to obtain an internship while abroad. Deana Kosmalski, 19, is studying nursing and business management. She began working at WK Fitness gym in January when the semester program began. She spent four days a week, six hours a day at the gym, learning more about health as well as the ins and outs of managing a business.
About SHU in Dingle
National Geographic once described this region as “the most beautiful place on Earth.” Many refer to the idyllic location of SHU’s campus in Dingle as the “best of both worlds” since it provides students with all of the amenities of a tourist haven, but in an authentic setting with traditional Irish culture.
Dingle is a place with welcoming locals and many hospitable places in which to meet them. Here you will find tremendous learning resources, magnificent relics, ruins and holy places, easy access to other areas of the country and Europe, immersive activities and opportunities to try something new, and a vast, living record of folklore, celebrations, history and authentic music and dance.
If you wish to experience all that Ireland has to offer, the Dingle Peninsula Gaeltacht is where you want to be. In Irish, “An Gaeltacht” refers to the few areas in Ireland in which Irish is the community language. In these areas, people work to preserve the vitality of the language and all aspects of Irish culture. Complementing the traditional culture are the modern amenities which make Dingle ideal for our students: banking institutions, high-quality medical facilities, retail shops, accessibility of bus and train services, a regional airport for travel throughout Europe and proximity to larger towns and cities such as Tralee, Cork and Killarney. Our home base is in the heart and soul of the Peninsula, Dingle Town – a thriving Irish fishing port teeming with restaurants, shops and lively pubs. Both instrumental music and song have a long tradition in the area, and Dingle is renowned among music-lovers.
Sacred Heart University offers an immersive Irish Studies program in the heart of the Irish-speaking Dingle Gaeltacht region. Using Dingle as the campus classroom, students live the Irish experience through hands-on seminars led by accomplished scholars and local experts. All of our courses feature active participation and immersion – both in and out of the classroom. What develops is a profound understanding of Celtic culture and society, historically and in the modern world. The SHU in Dingle experience is offered in short term and semester options.
The Center for Irish Cultural Studies operates its program in Ireland through a partnership with the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture. Short-term and semester programs of study as well as adult education programs offer courses in anthropology, archaeology, history, Gaelic language, literature, media studies, music, geology, and religious studies.