Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St. Patrick's!)

What better day than today to start learning the Irish language? The library offers an online Irish Gaelic course, along with dozens of other languages, through Mango Languages.

Mango Languages Basic Irish Course

A conversation in Irish from the Mango Languages course

You can also check out the great Irish writers at BHPL. As well as plenty of books by Irish authors, BHPL has poems by W.B. Yeats to listen to on CD, and the Modern Scholar audio course The Giants of Irish Literature : Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett. Watch the DVD Beckett on Film: 19 Films x 19 Directors for the "comprehensive cinematic interpretation of [Samuel] Beckett's plays". If you want to finally tackle James Joyce's Ulysses, you could try listening to the audiobook, a whopping 40 CDs - Joyce must have kissed the Blarney stone!

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