Authors

Colloquial Irish: The Complete Course for Beginners is written by Irish-language instructors who have taught complete beginners in Ireland and the USA for many years. This book is the product of a collaboration of four research fellows affiliated with the Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research, part of the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies. The chapters were originally drafted by Thomas Ihde (Tomás Ó h-Íde), who is Professor of Irish at Lehman College, CUNY. His own interest in the Irish of County Galway is a result of his native Irish-speaking grandfather, Tomás Seosamh Ó Máille, who was born and raised in Cill Fhursa on the eastern shores of Lough Corrib. Máire Ní Neachtain (Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál, Ollscoil Luimnigh) provided essential native speaker input as well as overall pedagogical and grammatical editing as each chapter was completed. She also coordinated the selection and taping of native speakers. Máire was born and raised in Cois Fharraige where she still lives and remains active in the Irish-speaking community. Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew (University of Pennsylvania) and John Gillen (Hostos Community College, CUNY) each provided grammatical input on the drafted chapters. Additionally, Roslyn shared her many years of pedagogical experience with teaching Irish to adults in America, and John provided expert dialectal knowledge for the chapters and grammar appendix.