STUDYING IRISH CULTURE
The Irish Cultural Centre is one big bustling summer camp over the next four months with educational classes across the board.
ICC SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
The ICC’s Sumer Workshop is a five-day course that is fun and informative for children ages 7 to 14. Participants move from one workshop to the next throughout the day, with constant supervision by team leaders. Here are the workshops in sequence from morning to afternoon.
IRISH SPORTS MEDLEY
Tadgh Leader, rugby coach and former hurling player and footballer, offers a fun and safe environment for kids to play traditional sports such as Gaelic football and hurling as well as soccer and rugby.
Focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math, this program teaches participants to design and build a solar box cooker, a magnetic compass and working flashlights as a way of getting them interested in STEAM programs.
IRISH SONG, DANCE, HISTORY & LANGUAGE
Children are introduced to Irish language, songs, dancing and theater, as well as Irish crafts. They visit the ICC Cottage to learn about Irish life in the early 1900s.
ICC FALL CLASSES
Starting in September 2019, master drummer, recording artist and instructor Mance Grady is teaching a five-week workshop Friday evenings on the bodhrán, Ireland’s traditional goat-skin drum head. A beginner course runs from 7-8 p.m., followed by an Intermediate / Advanced class from 8-9 p.m. Tuition is $125 for ICC members and $140 for non-members.
The Rhode Island native has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as the first American designated a ‘Master Bodhrán Player’ in the United States. In addition, Mance has recorded and toured with many top Irish traditional players.
BOSTON MUSIC SCHOOL
September 14 – November 16
Started in 1979 by the Boston chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE), the Boston Music School is a non-profit program that teaches traditional Irish music, song, dance, language and culture. Each spring and fall the School offers a 10-week course for beginner and advanced levels classes for children and adults. Traditional Irish instruments can include voice, harp, tin whistle & flute, fiddle, accordion, uilleann pipes, guitar/banjo/mandolin and concertina.
The classes (30 minutes beginner, 60 minutes advanced) are taught at St. Joseph Prep High School at 617 Cambridge Street in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood.