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US and Canadian students learning the Irish language who were presented with awards at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, An Cheathrú Rua.

Gaeltacht Summer Awardees

Please find information on the Gaeltacht Summer Alumni, by year, below. If you are interested in getting in touch with any of our alumni please contact info@fulbright.ie for more information.

2016 Gaeltacht Summer Awardees

Mary Bednarz is a member of the Irish Cultural Center of New England and studies the language at Elms College in Massachusetts. She will take an Irish course at Cólaiste na Rinne in Co. Waterford for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Sheldon Best is an actor who has appeared on many stages in New York City, regional theaters across the United States, and on television. This is his second year learning Irish, which he began studying with his husband, also a Gaelteacht Summer Award recipient.

Kate Brennan is a teacher and writer from Cleveland, Ohio who has studied Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She will travel to Inis Oírr to study with FEICIM and then to Port Láirge to study at Coláiste na Rinne for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Angela Bruen holds a BS degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Boston University, and currently works as the School Director at a vocational training school for adults with disabilities in New York City. She is passionate about Irish language and culture, and was recently appointed Treasurer of a new branch of Conradh na Gaeilge in Brooklyn. Angela will studying at Feicim in Galway, and Oideas Gael in Donegal, with her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Mary Kate Comer is a student at the University of Notre Dame studying Applied Mathematics and Statistics with a concentration in Irish Studies. She will travel to Oideas Gael, Gleann Fhinne, Co. Dhún na nGall for her Gaeltacht Summer Award

Kevin Corcoran is an undergraduate student of History, Educaiton and Irish Studies at Elms College in Massachusetts.  He will take the Irish language course with NUI Galway’s International Summer School in An Cheathrú Rua for his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Michael Gargan Curtin is a drama facilitator in New York and Ireland. His work in schools, community centers, and jails uses the engaging qualities of theatre to spark dialogue, build community, and educate. He plans to stay in Ireland (with his husband and fellow awardee Sheldon Best) for some months after the award to explore the use of drama to support the vibrancy of the Irish language and the communities that speak it.

Cecilia M. Dalzell is a librarian at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degrees in library science and instructional technology.  She attends Irish language classes at the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT and will study with FEICIM on Inis Oírr for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Matthew Doyle is an undergraduate student at the School of General Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York and has studied Irish at New York University at the Glucksman Ireland House. He is majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and plans to attend law school after graduation. He will take the Irish language course with NUI Galway’s International Summer School in An Cheathrú Rua for his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Jodie Elsen is an elementary school teacher in Wisconsin. She shares her passion for the Irish Language with her students by implementing Irish Language enrichment activities at her school.  She participates in Irish Language classes offered by the University of Milwaukee Center for Celtic Studies and the Milwaukee Irish Fest. She will undertake her Gaeltacht Summer Award at Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Brennan Fahselt is a student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Celtic Studies. He will complete his Gaeltacht Summer Award at the NUI Galway International Summer School in An Cheathrú Rua.

Patrick Frangos graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Villanova University with a double major in biochemistry and history.  His is currently a first year medical student at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.  He will study at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, An Cheathrú Rua for his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Meghan Rice Finlay holds a master’s degree from King’s College, London having specialised in Early Modern Irish and British history. She will undertake her Gaeltacht Summer Award at Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Michael Gargan Curtin is a drama facilitator in New York and Ireland. His work in schools, community centers, and jails uses the engaging qualities of theatre to spark dialogue, build community, and educate. He plans to stay in Ireland (with his husband Sheldon Best) for some months after the award to explore the use of drama to support the vibrancy of the Irish language and the communities that speak it.

Cailin Hicks has an Associate in Science degree from Davidson County Community College and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Psychology and Neuroscience. She will be traveling to Coláiste na Rinne in Co. Phort Láirge for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Emma Kelly is an undergraduate at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., majoring in Politics, minoring in Spanish, and getting her certificate of Irish Studies. She will be joining the University of Montana program in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Co. Kerry for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Dan Lydon works in the building trades, and is part of a small but enthusiastic community of Irish language students in a rural area of southern Vermont, USA. He hopes his studies will enable him to be helpful with other learners.

Emily Lucitt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA, researching the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations. She has been actively participating in Irish language classes for over 3 years with Conradh na Gaeilge LA and the Celtic Arts Center, and will attend Coláiste na Rinne in Co. Phort Láirge for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Seán Mag Uidhir is a retired technical consultant for Cisco Systems Inc. He has organized Irish language weekends in the Dallas area since 2008. Seán began learning Irish in 2006 from a native speaker in County Cork. He also enjoys playing guitar and concertina in sessions. He will utilize his Gaeltacht Summer Award to attend courses at Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Kathy McCormack is a teacher and tutor who also facilitates an online book club for learners of Irish.  She will take a two week course in Gleann Fhinne, Donegal with Oideas Gael, which her Gaeltacht Summer Award will make possible.

Brendan Murphy is an undergraduate at Manhattan College in New York City, studying Government and Literature. For his Gaeltacht Summer Award he will take an Irish language course at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUIG in Carraroe.

Jason Ostrove is a PhD student in linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Irish plays a significant part in his social and professional life. He will attend a one week Irish language course in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, and a one week course in Inis Oírr, Co. Galway for his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Cathal Pratt is a PhD Candidate in English at Fordham University. He holds an M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies from New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, and a B.A. in English from the University of Utah. He is also a folk musician in the New York City area. He will be attending Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall for his award.

Renata Rua is a community language teacher, language activist, and assistant director for the Irish Center of Kansas City, MISSOURI.  She has a B.A. in Celtic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Phil in Sean-Ghaeilge from University College Dublin. She will take an Irish language course at the NUI Galway International Summer School, An Cheathrú Rua for her Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Davis Sandefur is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in physics and minored in Irish Language and Literature. In the coming academic year, he will be studying Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish) at the National University of Ireland as a Fulbright Student awardee. He will travel to Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in Carraroe to complete his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Katrina Sisti is an undergraduate student of linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. For her Gaeltacht Summer Award she will take a course at Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Matthew Ryan Shelton is a poet and translator pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Connecticut. He will be using his Gaeltacht Summer Award to further his study of Irish culture and the Irish Language with Gaelturas in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Benjamin Teerlinck is currently an undergraduate student of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Connecticut.  He plays for the UConn Hurling Club, the Huskie, and will attend the NUI Galway International Summer School in An Cheathrú Rua, for his Gaeltacht Summer Award.

Parker Tilley received Associates in Science and Associates in Arts degrees from Davidson County Community College this year and will be attending Clemson University this autumn to study Finance. For his Gaeltacht Summer Award he will be traveling to Gaelturas in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal.

Rosemary Weston PhD, Assistant Dean and Department Head of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University is developing, in partnership with the Detroit Irish Music Association, the only university Irish language program in the state of Michigan. She will use her Gaeltacht Award at the National University of Ireland in An Cheathrú Rua, Co.Galway.

Rebecca Van Horn is a Ph.D student in History and Culture at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She will undertake her Gaeltacht Summer Award for six weeks at Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall.

For more information on our Gaeltacht Alumni from previous years, please click here.