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William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Appoints Irish Language Scholar
8/2/2016

HOUSTON (Aug. 2, 2016) -  The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies has appointed Jonathan O’Neill, MA as an Irish Studies scholar. Originally from Counties Galway and Clare in Ireland, O’Neill joins the Center from the University of Limerick. His extensive teaching background includes coursework in beginner, intermediate and advanced Irish Language as well as course instruction on Irish literature and culture.

Jonathan O'Neill

In addition to his distinguished teaching and academic career at University of Limerick, O’Neill was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship and served as a visiting scholar at New York University and Drew University, New Jersey. Other international assignments include an Irish-Studies Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an internship at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore where he assisted on a number of projects related to youth and education.

O’Neill’s research and presentation experience is extensive and includes multiple peer-reviewed publications. His doctoral thesis is titled “Invoking Irish: A Cultural History of Irish in English-language Discourse”. He has been interviewed on podcasts and Irish-language television, as well as both national and international radio programs. To date his research efforts have been focused on Irish language, literature and culture.

As well as English and Irish, O’Neill is fluent in Japanese and French. His love of languages drives his passion for teaching the Irish language across all proficiency levels and makes him a keen and strong instructor. For the fall semester, O’Neill will teach both beginner and intermediate Irish Language and Culture, which will focus on vocabulary, grammar  and communication as well as give a cultural insight into the culture of the Irish language. O’Neill will also teach a course on Irish literature that will provide students with a study of key texts from Irish poetry, fiction, and drama in conjunction with the scholarly debates which frame a postcolonial analysis of Ireland and Irish literature.

Center Director, Lori M. Gallagher, stated, “I’m very excited to welcome Jonathan O’Neill to the Center for Irish Studies at the university. His robust teaching experience will be invaluable to the Center. Additionally, as a native speaker, his ability to instruct on the Irish language will give students a unique learning opportunity.”  He has excellent skills that will position him to serve as an outstanding student advisor and assist the Center with cultural outreach.

About the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies

The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston is the only Irish studies academic and cultural program in the Southwest. The Center is listed as one of the top 10 Irish Studies programs in the country by IrishCentral.com.

The Center represents people who are enrolled in the Irish Studies minor, the graduate concentration in the Master in Liberal Arts Program and those interested in Irish topics, including credit and audit students enrolled in the Irish Studies Program and the University at large.

The Center serves as a focal point for the study of Irish history, literature, politics, law, language, music, art, drama, culture and society.  The Center enhances the academic mission of the University by concentrating on a broad and coherent study of Ireland and Northern Ireland within an integrating framework of many academic departments and community organizations.

Additionally, the Center for Irish Studies serves the University and the community through its Cultural Outreach Series of lectures and cultural events. The Center hosts nine to 12 free cultural events each year, highlighting Irish, Northern Irish, Scots Irish and Irish American topics, such as archaeology, art, music, dance, history, literature, politics, theology and church history, science and technology, commerce, the peace process, current events and the Irish language.

For more information visit www.stthom.edu/irishstudies



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