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We received news over the weekend that longtime Gaeltacht Minnesota instructor Frank Joyce had passed away. Frank had retired several years ago and had been in poor health for sometime.
A native of Glenamaddy (Gleann na Madadh) in County Galway, Frank learned Irish before he learned English, from foster parents who learned their Irish in Mayo. But he lived many years in the U.S. before he had another chance to use his Irish, when he became the second instructor to join the Gaeltacht Minnesota team, about a year after Denis Clarke started the group.
Everyone loved being around Frank. Unfailingly cheerful, incredibly enthusiastic not only about the language, but about life, he was always quick with a laugh and a wink. You couldn't be around him more than a couple of minutes before you would hear him humming or whistling a tune. A song was never far from his lips. His warmth and good humor were sorely missed when Frank retired from teaching a number of years ago.
One of Frank's favorite songs was "Contae Mhaigh Eo", we heard him sing this one countless times. Click here to hear Frank sing this classic song.
If you can be anywhere near Madison, WI the first weekend in October (Fri-Sun, 3-5), you can take part in a first rate Irish language workshop. You can download this flyer for an overview, and visit the Celtic Cultural Center's site for more information, including registration forms.
If you are looking to join our Monday night classes, your next opportunity to get the required "basic training", if you will, is fall of 2014. We will teach our "Intro to Irish Gaelic" class on four Mondays, running Sept. 29 through October 20. Registration is through St. Paul Community Education, and opens September 2.
There's more information about this course on our Community Ed Page.
The final edition of An Gaeilgeoir is getting close to being done, but life has intervened for your editor and there's a chance subscribers may not receive their newsletters until after the weekend, that is, early September. We'll see ...
The GaelMinn Gazette, our free monthly e-newsletter of tips on how to be smarter about learning Irish, went out to our list of subscribers on August 25. If you do not subscribe (which would be silly!), you can read the latest issue here.
And if you like what you see, why not sign up? We never share your e-mail, of course. And each issue not only has a couple of helpful tips for effective study techniques (described in English, of course) -- of interest to students around the world -- it lists our activities and other events of interest in our region.
Handy calendar on the Events page.
Classes resume at Central on September 15.
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