CUNY Lehman & An Ghaeilge

(for all official information on programs in Irish, see the Undergraduate Bulletin)

The Irish Language Program, Department of Languages and Literatures, Lehman College, the City University of New York.

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Forms & Flyers

Here are a variety of forms & flyers frequently requested by students.

Study Abroad Application Package

Application for the Gaeltacht Summer Awards

Registration Flowchart

ENCORE Application Form

Elementary Irish I Student Information Sheet

Program News and Updates

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Lehman Gaeilge Staff


Seán Mac Giolla Ghunna, Muireann Ní Chuív, & Tomás Ó h-Íde

Department of Languages and Literatures - Irish Language Program

Dr. Seán Mac Giolla Ghunna (Gillen), Assistant Professor

Ms. Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Language Lab Instructor

Ms. Muireann Ní Chuív, Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde), Associate Professor and Chair - [webpage]

Past Adjunct Lecturers

Dr. Rhona Ní Chearbhaill (2012-2013)
Madeleine Ní Ghallchobhair (2011-2012)
Siobhán Ní Mhaolagáin (2010-2011)
Úna Ní Fhátharta (2009-2010)
Eimear Ní Cheallaigh (2008-2009)
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (2007-2008)
Elaine Ní Bhraonáin (2004-2008)

Please Visit the Websites of our Sponsors

The Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange

The Irish Government’s National Lottery/An Crannchur Náisiúnta

Institute for Irish-American Studies


Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for their support in 2013-14

  • Ben Madigan Press
  • Club Leabhar Nua Eabhrac
  • Cumann na Gaeltachta, Canada
  • Daltaí na Gaeilge
  • Gaelic-American Club, Fairfield, CT
  • Glucksman Ireland House, NYU
  • Manhattan College
  • Maura Mulligan Rang Damhsa
  • New York Irish Center
  • Oideas Gael

See this year's benefit journal here (minimum file size pdf).



Earn 6 undergraduate credits this summer as you begin learning Irish on-line at home OR study abroad in Galway, Ireland.

Visiting students from the following colleges have registered for undergraduate Irish language courses with us in the summer or winter sessions over the past five years:

Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College of New York, College of the Holy Cross, Idaho State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Iona College, The New School, New York University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Smith College, Queens College, St. John's University, SUNY Empire State College, Tufts University, and University of Florida.

Lehman College tuition rates are very reasonable. For those wishing to take our on-line 6 credit course, contact Prof. Ó h-Íde first at to express your interest, see further information below, and visit Lehman College Summer Session page at

For those wishing to travel with the CUNY group to Galway, Ireland, to complete the 6 credit course, please see information below and application form on the left. The deadline for applications for the Gaeltacht Summer Awards is March 10th. Contact Prof. Ó h-Íde at to express interest in the Gaeltacht Summer Awards as soon as possible. These awards which cover tuition, housing, and meals are only open to CUNY students who have completed a 6 credits of Irish language study at CUNY. All others wishing to travel to Galway, Ireland, with the CUNY group must apply by April 15th using the form on the left.

The Gaeltacht Summer Awards are generously funded via the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange and the Irish Government’s National Lottery.

Summer 2014 On-line (Blackboard with sound files and book/CD throughout the week and 30 minute live Skype or phone one-on-one tutoring twice a week)

IRI 111 - Elementary Irish I (June - 3 credits): - On-line 06/02/2014 - 07/02/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 112 - Elementary Irish II (July - 3 credits): - On-line 07/07/2014 - 08/06/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 117 - Elementary Irish I & II (June & July - 6 credits): - On-line 06/02/2014 - 08/06/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 117 - Elementary Irish I & II (July & August - 6 credits): - Study Abroad 07/11/2014 - 08/08/2014 - TBA

Summer Study Abroad

From left to right are Prof. Tomás Ó h-Íde with members of the CUNY group Kate Foster, Nzingha Farrell, and Shannon Chiarel in An Cheathrú Rua, August 2013.

The famous coral beach, Trá an Dóilín, on a beautiful sunny bank holiday in August 2013 in An Cheathrú Rua.

About 35 CUNY students have participated in the four-week study abroad program with the National University of Ireland, Galway in the past eight years. Students study at the Acadamh campus in An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara, County Galway, where the Irish language remains the community language. The dates for 2014 are July 11-August 8. Students received 6 undergraduate credits. Tuition and fees are 1,450 Euros and full-board accommodation (sharing) are 945 Euros. In the past four years, several students have received grants to cover these expenses. Information regarding these grants for 2014 is now available. CUNY students who have already completed two semesters are eligible. Contact if interested by March 10, 2014. All CUNY students must also complete the Study Abroad Application Package on the left.


Lehman Gaeilge Symposium 2014


The Irish Language Program of the Department of Languages and Literatures hosted a symposium entitled “Literature and Irish Language Broadcast Media” which took place on the campus of CUNY Lehman College February 21-22, 2014 and was funded in part via the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange and the Irish Government’s National Lottery. There was also a pre-conference lecture held at the CUNY Graduate Center on February 20th. Nearly 70 participants attended the symposium events with our highest attendence this year on Friday with 49 individuals in attendance. Photos of some symposium events are available at

Prof. Gearóid Denvir, Department of the Irish Language, National University of Ireland, was our keynote speaker and Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, ROSG, was our luncheon speaker. Prof. Denvir addressed attendees in English on Thursday and in Irish on Saturday. Mr. Ó Cofaigh's luncheon talk was in Irish. There was one panel with two papers in English early Friday afternoon. The rest of the papers on Friday and all day Saturday were in Irish. No translation services were provided at the conference.


Spring Program 2014 (On-line Classes and Face-to-Face at Graduate Center, Lehman College, & Manhattan College)


IRI 112 - Elementary Irish II: 81-LEC(51007) - In Classroom 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 [Tu 6:30PM - 9:15PM & Th 6:30PM - 7:20PM at Manhattan College] - Ní Chuív

IRI 112 - Elementary Irish II: A01-LEC(51006) - On-line 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 207 - Conversational Irish: 01-LEC(51008) - [Mo 11:00AM - 1:40PM at Lehman College] 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 230 (LEH 352) - Irish Language Cinema: A07W- LEC(50760) - On-line 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 310 - Comparative Grammar: 81-LEC(51023) - [Mo 6:30PM - 9:10PM at Graduate Center] 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 - Ó h-Íde

IRI 381 - Old Irish Grammar & Prose II: 81-LEC(51009) - [Tu 6:30PM - 9:10PM at Graduate Center] 01/27/2014 - 05/23/2014 - Mac Giolla Ghunna


Irish Language Fundraiser - 10/28/13

We welcomed friends of LehmanGaeilge - The Irish Language Program at Lehman College to join us for our first fundraiser. A buffet dinner was enjoyed in the private party room at Rory Dolan's Restaurant on McLean Avenue on the Bronx/Yonkers border. We took advantage of this gathering to honor a colleague of ours, Hilary Sweeney, for her years of service in promoting the Irish language in the New York City area. Over 40 attendees congratulated Hilary Sweeney and helped raise funds for Irish language curriculum development, our speakers series, and Irish language student scholarships. John Redmond, Kate Foster, and Noel Cotter led us in music and dance. A few photos are available at . If you attended and have photos to share with us, please send them to in their original format. Go raibh maith agaibh!

Hilary Sweeney



Are you interested in completing a minor in the Irish language or a complete major with a concentration in the Irish language? The Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College offers a Minor in Irish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Comparative Literature (Irish language track). If you wish to complete the Minor or the B.A., please get in contact immediately with Professor Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde). He would be more than happy to discuss your degree options with you. (718) 938-1345 or .

Elementary Irish

We welcome all to participate in our Irish language courses as undergraduate students, Encore students (60 years and older), or Friends of the Irish Language Program (adult education). We encourage students to take elementary level courses 100% in class, the hybrid format, 50% of class time face-to-face and 50% on-line, or completely on-line. Blackboard software is used in hybrid and asychronous courses. See Irish Language Classes at CUNY for a video on how we teach using Blackboard. Skype tutoring is available for all students. In 2013-2014, Muireann Ní Chuív from Co. Galway and Tomás Ó h-Íde will be teaching the Elementary courses. Lehman College students presently use IRI 111 and IRI 112 (6 credits) to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

Present Elementary Sequence - 8 hours total

  • IRI 111: Elementary Irish 1 - 4 hours weekly
  • IRI 112: Elementary Irish 2 - 4 hours weekly

Intermediate & Advanced Irish

  • Students who complete the Elementary sequence are welcome to join the Minor in Irish Language & Literature. This program requires students to complete two courses at the intermediate level and two courses at the advanced level. Below are the intermediate level courses offered at Lehman College.

    • IRI 201: Intermediate Irish Grammar
    • IRI 202: Intermediate Irish Reading and Composition
    • IRI 205: Irish for Reading Knowledge (for Ph.D. students)
    • IRI 207: Conversational Irish
    • IRI 230: Irish Language Cinema (for undergraduate general education)
    • IRI 281: Tutorial in Irish Language and Literature

  • All advanced Irish language students, undergraduate and auditors, are welcome to take our wide selection of language and literature courses. Courses are offered at CUNY Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Please note that all 300 and 400 level Irish language and literature courses at CUNY are conducted in the Irish language only.

    • IRI 300: Introduction to Literary Studies
    • IRI 303: Advanced Grammar and Composition
    • IRI 305: Advanced Conversation
    • IRI 310: Comparative Grammar
    • IRI 320: Introduction to the Irish Short Story
    • IRI 323: Irish-Language Poetry of the Twentieth Century
    • IRI 340: Contemporary Irish Language Novel
    • IRI 341: Irish-Language Theatre
    • IRI 350: Folklore in the Irish Language
    • IRI 357: Special Topics in Irish-Language Literature
    • IRI 381: Tutorial in Irish Language and Literature
    • IRI 447: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille

  • For students wishing to minor and major with Irish, the current program is:
    • Complete Foreign Language Requirement: IRI 111 & IRI 112
    • Complete Minor in Irish: IRI 201, 202, 303, & 305
    • Complete Major in Comp. Lit. (Irish Track):
      • 9 credits: IDW 211, IDW 212, IDW 213
      • 6 credits: IRI 300, SPV 246 OR ENG 304
      • 3 credits: IRI 310
      • 9 credits: (pick 3): IRI 320, IRI 323, IRI 340, IRI 341, IRI 350, and/or IRI 447
      • 3 credits: IRI 357
        • Note that all IRI courses in the minor and major are taught through the medium of Irish. Including the foreign language requirement, minor, and major, students would take a total of 12 courses in the Irish language program (36 credits in IRI courses for their B.A.).

Lecture Series 2012-present

We were delighted to offer a number of free lectures open to the public in 2012-2013. We are grateful to the following funding sources in Ireland which make this series possible: The Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange and the Irish Government’s National Lottery

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 6:30PM—Maura Mulligan (Author—Call of the Lark) Graduate Center-CUNY. The lecture will be given in the Irish language and there will be no translation services available. This is a free event. Please RSVP to . Photo ID required for entry into the CUNY Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. We will be meeting in Room 8301.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 @ 6:30pm: Dr. Louis de Paor, Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Fulbright Scholar at NYU will give a lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center on his research concerning the writings of Irish language poet Liam Seosamh Gógan. The lecture will be given in the Irish language and there will be no translation services available. This is a free event. Please RSVP to .

Monday, April 8, 2013 @ 6:30pm: Dr. Ríona Nic Congáil from St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University, will speak at CUNY Graduate Center in Irish on the following topic, "Codladh Céad Bliain: Éabhlóid Litríocht Ghaeilge na nÓg."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 6pm: Dr. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin from the National University of Ireland, Galway, will speak in English at Lehman College, CUNY, (Room 306 Music Building - Recital Hall) on the following topic, "Reality and aspiration in language identity in Ireland: Cultural transformations since independence."

Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 6:30pm: Dr. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin from the National University of Ireland, Galway, will speak in Irish at the CUNY Graduate Center (Room 8106) on the following topic, "An dóchas agus an dúshlán i bhféiniúlacht teanga na hÉireann: Claochluithe cultúrtha sa ré iarchoilíneach."

Tuesday, December 4, 2012: Máire Ní Neachtain from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, spoke at Lehman College, CUNY, in English to an audience of over 40 attendees on the topic of "The Road Ahead: An Ghaeltacht as a bedrock for Irish-speaking communities of the future?”. We heard much excellent feedback from participants and refreshments were enjoyed by all afterwards in the Music Building.

Monday, December 3, 2012: Máire Ní Neachtain from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, spoke at CUNY Graduate Center in Irish to an audience of about 20 attendees on the topic of "An Ród seo Romhainn: An Ghaeltacht mar fhoinse do phobail Ghaeilge amach anseo?" It was great to have so many fluent Irish speakers together in one room and refreshments and conversation were enjoyed afterwards at Brendan's Pub around the corner.

Monday, November 12. 2012: Rhona Ní Chearbhaill our 2012-2013 Visiting Lecturer spoke at CUNY Graduate Center in Irish to an audience of about 15 attendees on the topic of "'Fill Arís': Léargas liteartha agus eitneagrafaíochta ar an aisimirce go ceantar Gaeltachta Chonamara". She spoke of her current research in the area of return immigration to the Gaeltacht areas and the lecture was well received by those in attendance.

Lehman Gaeilge Symposium 2012

The Irish Language Program of the Department of Languages and Literatures held a two-day symposium two years ago entitled “The Short Story in Irish Language Literature,” which took place on the campus of CUNY Lehman College February 24-25, 2012. We brought together researchers, instructors, and students of Irish language literature interested in the genre of the short story. Prof. Brian Ó Conchubhair, Notre Dame University, editor of Gearrscéalta ár Linne and Twisted Truths, was our keynote speaker. The two day symposium had Irish as the primary language. Most papers were presented in Irish, the keynote was in Irish and an author book reading with Micheál Ó Conghaile was held in Irish. As the first literature conference in North America through the medium of Irish, attendance was excellent with over forty participants. The symposium also featured book sales, a book launch, continental breakfast, lunch, and a closing wine and cheese reception with live traditional Irish music with Bernadette Fee and Allen Gogarty. Twenty-one participants also opted to join us for a most enjoyable dinner together Friday evening at the Rambling House here in the Bronx. There was a great article about the symposium in the on-line magazine Beo! .


Cumann Gaelach CUNY & Friends of LehmanGaeilge

Irish language students regularly gather for Irish language society events. Those interested in the club can contact . We also maintain a non-profit group known as "Friends of LehmanGaeilge." As of fall 2013, we are encouraging Friends to subscribe at the levels of $125 and $325. Please contact Tomás regarding ways you can assist at raising funds for our lecture series, awards luncheon, and student scholarships.

Lehman Gaeilge students at a recent Gaeltacht Weekend in Esopus, NY (February 15-17, 2013). Over 125 Irish language students attended the immersion weekend.


Lehman College is grateful to the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange and the Irish Government’s National Lottery. The Irish support included funding for six years of curriculum development grants, Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants sent from Ireland to Lehman College over the past six years, and Gaeltacht Summer Awards for four Lehman students in 2011, three students in 2012, and two students in 2013. In 2012-present, as indicated above, funding was provided for our speakers series.

See the link below for the Colloquial Irish website to learn more about our current research project.



We receive requests for translations twice to three times each week. While we are honored that our program has become well-known and well-respected to the point that individuals entrust their translations to us, we cannot possibly respond to 100-150 such requests each year while completing our regular duties as instructors. We receive requests for translations from English to Irish for tatoos, house names, pet names, inscriptions inside wedding rings, t-shirt phrases, and so on. For translations from Irish to English, we receive requests for journal articles, songs, letters, and Mass cards to be placed in English. We are happy to assist our current Irish language students and their immediate families as well as alumni in terms of free translations. We are also willing to take on a few requests each semester from those not affiliated with our program. For those who have not taken a class with us, we ask for a $65 donation made out to "Lehman Gaeilge". Should the translation be lengthly, we can provide a quote. The donation will not go to the translator, but rather the general fund for our Irish language program at Lehman College. Please e-mail us at if you are interested in requesting such a translation. Free translations are available from the translation forum . While we don't endorse this site, it should meet your needs for informal translations. If you are receiving a tatoo or spending several hundred dollars on a house name sign or wedding ring, we would highly recommend a professional translator.



Department of Languages and Literatures, Lehman College, CUNY

CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies

Irish Studies Program, Queens College, CUNY

Colloquial Irish

Fulbright Commission, Dublin

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

Daltaí na Gaeilge


WFUV Míle Fáilte

Club Leabhar Nua Eabhrac

Grúpa an Aifrinn Ghaelach Choláiste Naoimh Pheadair


Last updated 03/06/14
Contact: Irish Language Program, Dept. of Languages and Literatures, CUNY Lehman College, 257 Carman Hall, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY 10468. - Phone: 718-938-1345 - Fax: 646-786-4064 - Email: -Web: