Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Irish College of Minnesota

College quality classes for community audiences.

Classes: April-June 2019


No Sweat Irish: 

Informal Irish for beginners of all ages. Perfect for beginning learners, this fun class features songs, games, and brief role-playing alongside an accessible easy-to-read textbook to make Irish language learning enjoyable.

8 sessions. Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 3. $180 or $162, if you email the instructor to pre-register. Checks are payable to Celtic Junction Arts Center. Instructor: Tom Jeffers. Contact him: tommyjeffers@gmail.com Location: Celtic Junction Arts Center in the McKiernan Library. [Course text: Gaeilge Gan Stró: No Sweat Irish: A beginner's Course. Note: the course text is INCLUDED in the price for the class.] [20% discount for each additional family member that registers.]

Advanced Irish Language:

Preparation for the European Certificate in Irish/TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge). Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults in 2020. Derived from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the TEG Certificate in Irish originates in Ireland’s Maynooth University and is administered annually in specific cities in Ireland, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Students take it at various levels from Beginner to Advanced.

6 sessions. Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m. May 4, 11, 18, [No class May 25], June 1 [No classes June 8 & 15], and June 22, and 29 (6 weeks). Class fee: $162 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $180 (on the morning of the class). Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty, laviniagaeilge@gmail.comlaviniagaeilge@gmail.com.

Irish Language Literature:

Litríocht na Gaeilge. Deepen your knowledge, appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its literature. The instructor will supply the book Tuairimí. This is a group of short essays about everyday life. The humor in the book will motivate the class to discuss the various topics.

6 Sessions. Thursdays 6:30-8:00 pm. April 4, 11, [No class April 18 & 25], May 2, 9, 16, and 23. Class fee: $110 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $120 (on the night of the class). Instructor: Lavinia  Finnerty:   laviniagaeilge@gmail.com


Irish Aristocracy 1600-Present:

“Everyone Loves a Lord”  This course will fairly explore the largely-Protestant aristocracy of Ireland during the period of its “Ascendency.” Similarities and difference between the Irish and British aristocracies will be noted, as will the lifestyles of those above and below stairs and those working on the land, including particularly tenants. The purposeful destruction of Irish aristocratic landlordism, through political agitation, will be chronicled, as will the “lifestyles” of those members of the old Irish aristocracy who remain in Ireland, both in the Republic and in Northern Ireland.

6 sessions. Mondays 6:30-8:00 p.m. April 8, 15, 22, 29, [No class May 6], May 13 and 20. Class fee: $120 or $108 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center. Instructor: John Davenport. Contact him: jbdave50@hotmail.com The course will only have one textbook (Edith Somerville and Violet Florence Ross’s Some Experiences of an Irish RM. [Any edition.] The instructor will provide a compendium of additional photocopied readings.

Irish Comic Tradition:

Flann O’Brien (1911-1966) and Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). Learn how the ancient Irish comic tradition finds modern expression in the witty surrealism of Flann O’Brien’s novel At Swim Two Birds and the existential humor of Samuel Beckett’s novel Murphy and his play Waiting for Godot.

6 sessions. Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, [No class May 6], May 13 and 20. 8 – 9:30 p.m. Class fee: $120 or $108 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Instructor: Dr. Patrick O’Donnell. Email: Patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu [Course texts: At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien; and, Murphy, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett [Any edition.]]

Irish Poetry: 

John Montague and his contemporaries. Discover the richness of the poetic achievement of John Montague by reading his work in conjunction with selections from Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland, Austin Clarke, Tom McCarthy, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. The instructor will provide the text The Rough Field by John Montague which is INCLUDED in the class fee.

6 sessions. Tuesdays. 6:30-8 p.m. April 16, 23, 30, [No class May 7], May 14, 21, and 28. Class fee: $150 (or $135 if you email the instructor to pre-register). Instructor: Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw. Email: TDREDSHAW@stthomas.edu Location: McKiernan Library. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center.

Joseph Campbell:

Celtic Heroes and Living Mythically. In the company of the extraordinary writing of Joseph Campbell, we take a six-week journey with mythic heroes to understand life’s adventure and our life journey today. Beginning with universal mythic archetypes (persons) and the hero’s quest from around the world, we will pay particular attention to Celtic tales. 

6 sessions. Saturdays 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. May 18  [No class May 25], June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Class fee is $120 or $108 with email preregistration to Instructor: Frederic Stenborg. His email is: fredericstenborg@gmail.com Required class text: Joseph Campbell The Hero with a Thousand Faces. [First published 1949; any edition].


Create your Celtic Tiger:

Planning for financial success in your business, art, or hobby. Through a step-by-step planning framework, this class will support you in monetizing your passion on purpose. By completing the lessons in this course, you will walk away with: a powerful vision, written business plan, financial and personal goals, measurement strategies, marketing ideas, and a 1-year tactical plan for prioritizing and monitoring success along the way.

6 sessions. Special Introductory Offer ($300) $120. Two different class opportunities: Sat 11:00-12:30 May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, and 15 OR Tuesday 11:30-1:00 p.m. April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28. Instructor: Kate Dowling. To pre-register, email the instructor: dowlkat@gmail.com 

Music in Early Ireland

Ireland’s dance music did not appear significantly in Ireland’s literature until the end of the eighteenth century. What did the music sound like before then? Archeological, historical and mythological evidence will be woven together to reveal past Irish musical soundscapes, given voice through the playing of replica instruments. Our time-travel guides will be Ann & Charlie Heymann, who were awarded a fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway to research the performance of bardic poetry and present their musical work with the early Irish harp at festivals and universities throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. There will be three investigative sessions presented chronologically, with a drink and snacks provided after each session.  

  • From the Mists of Time 
  • From Port to Court 
  • Legacy of the 1792 Belfast Harp Meeting 

3 sessions. Wednesdays. 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. April 10, 17, and 24. Fee: $100. To pre-register, email Ann and Charlie Heymann at: annheymann@gmail.com 

Drawing Celtic Mythology:

Learn how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, andetylandscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation in a class for beginners, returning students who have taken the class before, and enthusiasts at all levels. The principles of formal composition and color theory will be applied to this inspirational mythic and iconic imagery.

6 sessions. 8:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday April 18, 25, May 2, [No class May 9], May 16, & 23. Class fee: $120 or $108 (if you email the instructor to pre-register). There will also be a booklet of assignments ($10 fee). Instructor: Carrie Finnigan. Email: carrie.finnigan@gmail.com [Note: students should bring paper, or a drawing notebook and preferred drawing materials (pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.) Due to the delicate nature of the library, paint, charcoal and pastels are not permitted.] Location: Eoin McKiernan Library. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center.


So Where Is That? 

Irish Places and Jurisdictions. Place is an essential element of genealogical research, especially in Ireland. Learn about provinces, counties, civil and church parishes, baronies, Poor Law unions and townlands. Learn about the tools both in print and on the Internet that will help you find these places and understand them. 

One Session. May 18, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. $15 IGSI/CJAC members; $20 non-members. Email instructor Tom Rice, CG, to register: info@heritagehunters.com

On-Site Genealogy Research in Ireland

Learn about the major genealogy research repositories in Ireland and what you might expect to find in them. Hints and tips for research when in Ireland.

One session, June 15. 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. $15 IGSI/CJAC members; $20 non-members. Email instructor Ann Eccles to register: ann@eccles.us