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Concordia's Centre for Canadian Irish Studies is another step closer following the signing of an agreement this summer by representatives of the university and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.

The Foundation raised $3.3 million toward the project, including substantial donations from the Irish, Canadian and Quebec governments, and donations from individuals, groups and corporations from coast to coast.

Under the auspices of the Centre, Irish Studies courses will be co-ordinated, a public lecture series will be organized, and the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies will be published.

Offerings in Irish Studies have been expanded to include classes on the Irish language, a history of Irish music, and a history of Irish culture in Canada. These are in addition to courses in literature, geography, Celtic Christianity and Irish film.

The courses on music and the Irish in Canada will be taught by Johanne Trew, who comes to Concordia from the University of Limerick, where she recently completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at the World Centre for the Study of Traditional Irish Music.















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