Lehman College is grateful for support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Irish National Lottery supported by the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission) for our research projects. The Irish support included funding for twelve years of curriculum development grants, Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants sent from Ireland to Lehman College during six years, and Gaeltacht Summer Awards for 17 CUNY students between 2011 and 2018. From 2012 to 2020 funding was provided for our speakers series (including five symposia) as well.
Additionally funding has been provided in the past from a number of PSC-CUNY Awards, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York. Likewise, a George N. Shuster Fellowship Fund (Lehman College) and a Schoff Fund (University Seminars at Columbia University) award were applied to these research projects.
Over the years, the scholars working with the Irish language program at Lehman College have published several journal articles and books. The Irish language textbook, Colloquial Irish, with on-line sound files has sold over 4,000 copies. In 2020, a second volume, Colloquial Irish 2, was launched. Both volumes include hundreds of sound files of native speakers of the Cois Fharraige dialect. For a complete list of the authors and actors, visit www.colloquialirish.com . Additionally, in 2019, Tomás Ó hÍde authored a monograph focusing on folklore collected from seanchaí Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin, primary actor in the 1935 film Oidhche Sheanchais directed by American Robert Flaherty. This volume is the culmination of research completed in line with curriculum development for a Lehman College course, IRI 350 Folklore in the Irish Language.
During Summer 2021, a PSC-CUNY award was used to enable initial research for a curriculum project focused on our IRI 230 Irish Language Film course. This project continued during the 2021-2022 academic year with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media facilitated by the Fulbright Commission. An Irish-language book was researched regarding Irish-language drama on film from the years 1935-1996. This included both film that appeared in cinemas and other venues as well as film that was broadcasted on RTÉ. In the 2022-2023 academic year, an English-language translation of the research volume is being completed. The original Irish-language volume was used in IRI 341 Irish-Language Theatre in Autumn 2022 at Lehman College. The English-language translation will be used in LEH 352 Irish-Language Film at Lehman College in Summer 2023.
Also, during the 2021-2022 academic year, Colloquial Irish (2008) was revised and some revised audiotracks were recorded in studio with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media facilitated by the Fulbright Commission. Colloquial Irish had previously been reprinted in 2015 after selling out. It was decided in 2021 that a new edition would be appropriate with so many changes in the cultural points raised in the volume. The Second Edition of Colloquial Irish appeared in the autumn of 2022.