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The Irish Studies program at The University of Montana is an inter-disciplinary and inter-collegiate collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. It is the largest and most comprehensive program west of the Mississippi and alongside Notre Dame, Indiana, the only other program in the country to offer a minor with an emphasis on the Irish language and Irish Gaelic culture. The curriculum includes courses in Irish language, literature, history, music, dance, and drama to ensure that students receive a unique in-depth understanding and training in Irish Studies as well as a broad-based exposure to that vibrant and imaginative culture that continues to unite and inspire the people of the United States and Ireland. Our objective is to continue to build the program into a major and a national centre of Irish and Irish Gaelic studies.

Montana is uniquely positioned to attain this goal. As a public university, UM provides out-of-state students with access to the program at the most affordable rate of tuition anywhere in the country. This makes the program relevant to the 40 million strong Irish-American community in the United States. Already, many students of Irish heritage are choosing UM because of the Irish Studies program. Our main priority now is to make more people aware of the program and the rare opportunity it offers to engage and connect with Irish culture.

The UM Irish Society/An Cumann Gaelach will be charged with assisting in marketing and spreading awareness of the program in the communities in which the members reside. Members will be asked to assist representatives of the program and of UM with connecting with local Irish groups and with individuals who have a history of supporting their Irish heritage and culture. All members will receive newsletters and regular e-mail correspondence about upcoming events, accomplishments and future plans for the program. If you feel you can help, please join our group. As they say in Irish ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile,’ strength comes from unity, and together we can build this program into the finest the country has to offer. Go raibh mile maith agat [Thank you a thousand times over].

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